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Boone County partners with Flourish to support low-income youth

February 23, 2022 - Melissa Jacques

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The Boone County Children's Services Board has entered into a contract with Flourish to support Boone County High School students who experienced barriers to post-secondary education and employment. Flourish is a Columbia-based nonprofit that was established in 2019. Its goal is to target economic inequality in youth through educational opportunities and wraparound support. Funding will help with finance job coaching, job readiness, career exploration and case management for youths. It will also help establish a local Youth MOVE chapter to develop an action plan to address youth violence in Boone County.

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How is your child developing? Boone County childhood group offers screening

Feb 9, 2022 - Julia Eastham

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A coalition being offered through the MU School of Medicine and supported and funded by the Boone County Children's Service Board allows free online screening for parents to asses their children's general development and social-emotional health from two months to 5 years old. This survey is voluntary, and it looks at the children's developmental milestones, identifies potential areas for concerns, and helps find the support children may need in ten minutes.

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More mental health support in Boone County schools' part of new agreement with Mizzou

May 15, 2021 - Roger McKinney

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This article talks about a new agreement among Boone County leaders and the University of Missouri faculty. It talks about a new initiative project on hiring family intervention specialists to benefit mental health among children in the community. Later, it mentions the quarter-cent sale tax and the children's service funds in which it states to have allocated $44 million to improve children and families.

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Free mental health services and hotlines available to help cope during pandemic

April 21, 2020 - Evan Musil

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This article mentions free counseling services and hotlines to deal with stress and anxiety due to the pandemic through the Boone County Children's Service. These sessions can sally last around an hour, and it has been successful so far, and a long-term service will be considered.

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Where Boone County put its CARES COVID-19 relief funding

October 6, 2021 - Destiny Muller

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This article talked about the CARES funds ($21 mil) and their distribution among seven departments around Boone County since the beginning of the pandemic. When it comes to the community service category, it received less than half a million dollars. Boone County Community Support program requested over half a million for community health and children's service but received nothing.

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Impact COMO 2020

October 30, 2020 - Lucy Bromer

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This article is not about the Boone County Children's Service Fund, but it mentions Safe Families for Children program coordinator Lucy Bromer. She states that they are grateful for the generous support and their donation to the nonprofit's success.

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Rainbow House offers free childcare program for essential workers

April 21, 2020 - Emily Wolf

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Essential workers have the option for free childcare courtesy of Rainbow House. This organization is offering free 24-hour emergency childcare services, and they are doing this through the funding provided by Boone County Children�??s service funds.

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Minority Youth, Inequities in Justice event addresses racial disparity in youth discipline

February 4, 2021 - Khue Nguyen

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This article discussed two different reports about black youth among suspended in schools and being detained by cops. This diprotic in how minority youth are disciplined in both school and the justice system is a problem that community groups are trying to fix. They organized the first part of "minority youth, inequalities injustice"- a virtual forum that helped bring awareness of this issue. The forum was co=sponsored by many organizations, such as Boone County Children's service board, and suggested by Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson.

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Healthy food is more accessible as Columbia Farmers Market open on weekdays

June 1, 2021 - Becca Pasteris

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This article talks about how 31 percent of Boone County residents live in a food desert- meaning they have low access to food store. The Columbia Farmers market is open during the weekdays and they even offer SNAP and WIC programs, where the market will match up to $35 on purchases for shoppers who have low income, less than 19, disabilities or seniors. This matching program is possible thanks to Boone County Children Service Fund and another donation,

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Boone County and educational nonprofit launch social mobility project

August 11, 2021 - Ainhoa Maqueda

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This article talks about Boone County�??s Upward Mobility Program, and the work that it is doing for the community. It talked about different events, in which representatives from organization and even community members could discuss their opinions. These topics discussed included education, poverty and unemployment. Many believe that these vents will help Columbia�??s community be more knowledgeable and help the community grow.

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Boone County Begins Planning for Upward Mobility with Local Leaders

August 11, 2021 - ShowMeBoone

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This article discusses about the creation of the Upward Mobility Cohort and its next steps. It gives data about partnerships between Boone County and the Cradle to Career Alliance, and other community, and organization leaders. It provided name of these leader�??s and descriptions about the Urban Institute, Boone County Community Services Department, and Cradle to Career Alliance.

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Boone County selected as 1 of 8 counties to join Upward Mobility Cohort

May 26, 2021 - Patrick Herion

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This article talks about the Upward Mobility Cohort and how it will work to reduce racial and ethnic inequities in Boone County. It discusses how it will benefit several community-based organizations, local governments and nonprofit for a common goal. Later throughout the article, it discusses about a press conference and how the money will be distributed.

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Boone County Receives $125,000 Upward Mobility Grant from Urban Institute

March 26, 2021 - Dylan Joseph Schwartz

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This article discusses the Upward Mobility Program and how it some of the money will be used to analyze data. Commissioner Janet Thompson states that it will be a great opportunity since it will benefit women and people of color, and that it is an honor to have been chosen despite it being the smallest county in the running.

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Urban Institute Selects Eight Counties to Join the Upward Mobility Cohort

May 11, 2021 - N/A

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This article mentions Boone County and how they were one of the eight counties selected to join the Upward Mobility Cohort. This cohort will work to reduce racial and ethnic inequities and support upward mobility from poverty in these counties. The cohort members will each receive a $125,000 grant and 18 months of technical assistance from Urban. The assistance will include data analysis, stakeholder engagement, and policy and programmatic advising.

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Boone County Selected to Join the Urban Institute's Upward Mobility Cohort

May 26, 2021 - N/A

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This article talks about how Boone County was selected by the Urban Institute to reduce racial and ethnic inequities and support upward mobility from poverty in the participating countries. Each county will receive $125,000 and 18 months of technical assistance. The article later talks about their vision and partners such as Central Missouri Community Action, and another local advocacy consultant.

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Boone County Upward Mobility Priorities and Community Data Released

October 14, 2021 - N/A

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This press release talks about data released about the Upward Motility from Boone County. In August, community members, leaders, and elected officials attended the Upward Mobility Kickoff, a data walk, to understand the state of mobility from poverty in Boone County. In August, community members, leaders, and elected officials attended the Upward Mobility Kickoff, a data walk, to understand the state of mobility from poverty in Boone County. Outcomes to improve in the Opportunities to Learn & Earn driver included improving disparities�?�of literacy scores at�?�3rd�?�grade, reducing opportunity gaps�?�in workforce development and employment, and decreasing referrals to the 13th�?�Circuit Juvenile Office

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Boone County posts data from Upward Mobility Grant

October 14, 2021 - Jamie Halcomb

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This article discusses the data posted from upward mobility grant. Data from the dashboard shows improvement in child poverty rates over the past decade in Boone County and Columbia, and these rates are lower compared to Missouri as a whole. Median income has also improved, increasing by more than $5,000 in the past decade.

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