Family & Friends Connection – Building Strong Foundation
Based in South Florida, Family & Friends Connection, Inc. (FFC) is a family friendly, equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, ethnicity or national origin. It actively provides and advocates for critical services that strengthen our community; FFC strongly believes that in order to be successful members of the community must Work, Play and Live as One.
FFC was founded in 2006 by President Donneth Wedderburn with the agenda aimed at empowering the marginalized members of our community, through the direct delivery of “multi-generational” social, educational, and spiritual programs. Far too often families are devastated by economic challenges and are forced into a tailspin of uncertanties. FFC is here to help families in their darkest hour, living out the philosophy of “each one can reach one.”
Rapid changes in the technological, economic and socio-political environments seriously test the daily resolve to maintain a reasonable quality way of life for family and friends alike. More than ever, it is at times like these when the community must combine its strengths, come together as a community and help those who are at greater risk – especially youths and seniors.
FFC is doing a tremendous job in this respect. Through their network of contacts, several community members have improved access to job placement, home ownership, mortgage modification, housing assistance for the homeless, financial counselling, after school tutoring, and other social needs.
The programs that FFC has implemented through our organization’s educational and empowerment efforts, allow families to influence their own destinies and face these turbulent times with confidence and resolve. FFC is committed to making our community a better place to live. That is one reason why their support programs are designed through the provision of training and mentorship, with a mission to unify and uplift. FFC is a resource for families and represents a partnership between volunteers, cities, county and all those who serve to help the spiritual and economic empowerment of our various communities. – See more at: http://www.famfc.org/presidents-message.html#sthash.0z8AuVuk.dpuf
In the spirit of helping youth in the community, Family & Friends Connection, Inc. (FFC) will hold its 8th Annual Realizing Your Self-Worth Scholarship Awards Dinner om Saturday, June 20, 2015. Venue will be Lush Fusion, 2721 N. Hiatus Road, Cooper City, FL 33026. The main speaker will be past student beneficiary and volunteer, Ms. Chadia Clarke, BS, MS, currently the Coordinator of Scheduling and Curriculum at University of Florida.
The 2015 Realizing Your Self-Worth Scholarship recipients are recent, outstanding graduates from Miramar High School, Pembroke Pines Charter High School, and North Miami Beach Senior High School. This meaningful monetary scholarship is awarded to these deserving seniors who have demonstrated community involvement and the aptitude to help empower other lives. The recipients for this year’s awards are: Nkiruka Chukwuelue, Alicia Thompson, Ashley Smith, Shawn Ragasa, Melissa Lunan-Simpson, Kayla Gallego, and Jonathan Wallace.
Over the years, thirty seven (37) exceptional students have so far received prestigious scholarships and have gone on to study at institutions such as the University of Florida, University of Miami, University of South Florida, Florida State University and a number of out-of-state universities. 2011 Scholarship Awards 2012 Scholarship Awards 2013 Scholarship Awards . This year’s celebrations will feature some of our past award recipients who have come back to help us continue to celebrate academic excellence.
Thanks to members and partners, the FFC is able to guide individuals and familiya to the social resources that so many desperately need.To learn more about FFC, contact:
Donneth Wedderburn, President /Founder 954-319-7066
Marcia Barriffe, Scholarship Coordinator 954-842-6714
Debbie Thomas-Brown, Communications Liaison 954-815-6563