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Community Update - September 2017
​​Photo Focus: Free Help and Healing
Broward County’s Nancy J. Cotterman Center, now in its 40th year, has provided support and healing services to thousands of residents struggling with the pain of sexual assault and child abuse. Available through the Center’s Counseling Unit are mental health services for children, adults and their non-offending family members who have been victimized by sexual assault. Services are also available to child victims of physical abuse and their families. Visit Broward.org/NancyJCottermanCenter.
It’s a Win-Win for Broward Students
Broward County has partnered with the School Board of Broward County to create a “ConnectEd Library.” The new program provides students with access to a Broward County Library Digital Direct Student Library Card, as part of a national initiative to connect students with library resources through library card registration, data sharing and protection of student’s personally identifying information. Both the County and the School Board will promote annual learning programs, career days and literacy activities, and share information regarding professional development opportunities. In a related collaboration, Broward County Libraries serve as a venue 2-3 times annually for display of school projects and performances. Visit Broward.org/Library.​

County Graduates New Class of Entrepreneurs
Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) recently graduated 10 students from its third Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® New Venture™ Business plan development course. The three-month course helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop a business concept and business plan. Participants complete 10 fast-paced and challenging modules and learn how to identify and meet market needs, develop financial projections and access business development resources. Nine of the graduates submitted final business plans for scoring and the top three were presented at graduation, and may become eligible for seed money grants. To learn more about this free training program and other OESBD programs visit Broward.org/EconDev. The next New Venture™ Business plan course will be offered in January 2018.

September’s the Month for a Little Self Indulgence
This month, celebrate Broward’s top restaurants, chefs and cuisine during Crave GFL Restaurant Month. Enjoy specially-created three-course gourmet dinner menus for just $37. Each participating restaurant will host a culinary experience, from a wine-pairing dinner or a chef demonstration to a cooking or mixology class. Visit Sunny.org and select CRAVE GFL for a calendar of events. Or, take a moment - or an hour, or a day or even a weekend - for yourself during SPATEMBER. Local resort and day spas invite you to enjoy $99 indulgences (a 50 percent savings) from September 1st-30th. Visit Sunny.org and select SPATEMBER.

Documentary Reveals Truth About Human Trafficking
Did you know that South Florida is the third largest center for human trafficking in the United States? The Nancy J. Cotterman Center invites you to a free showing of the documentary I am Jane Doe on Saturday, September 23rd at 2PM at Nova Southeastern’s Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. The documentary chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Afterwards, subject matter experts will be available to answer questions and identify opportunities for involvement. Registration is required through Eventbrite.com. If you are interested in this topic, Broward County’s Main Library in Fort Lauderdale features Responsibility and Vigilance, a powerful exhibit of photographs that examine domestic servitude, forced labor and human trafficking in the United States, September 5th-26th. Visit Broward.org/NancyJCottermanCenter for details.

County Libraries Offer Free Online Tutoring
School’s back in session and Broward County Libraries is offering free, live, online tutoring with HelpNow from BrainFuse. The program helps build English, math, science, writing, social studies and foreign language skills for students grade K-12, college and adult learners every day from 2-11PM. There’s also an Adult Learning Center that provides assistance with GED and U.S. Citizenship tests, and offers online classes in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Got a question that has you stumped? Contact Broward’s Digital Reference Ask a Librarian service and reach a real librarian by text, live chat or email. Visit Broward.org/Library.

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Family Reunification Program
Broward County’s Family Success Reunification Program provides a way forward for residents experiencing financial or domestic hardship. This program offers a one-time, one-way bus fare to anywhere Greyhound travels, so an individual can reconnect with loved ones. To qualify, you must be a County resident for a least six months, possess proper ID and provide contact information for the receiving family member or friend. Each year, Family Reunification helps hundreds of individuals reunite with family and friends, thus reducing their need for shelter, case management and hospital emergency services. To learn more, call 954-357-5099.

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