Mission: The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education and leadership throughout the communities of Northern Kentucky. We will achieve this mission by creating an environment, which rewards excellence and innovation, encourages mutual respect and maximizes resources.
Programs: Early childhood education: many hard working families struggle to afford quality childcare and early childhood educational opportunities on top of every day necessities. This creates a barrier in a parent's ability to pursue a career and further education which are the cornerstones of self-sufficiency. According to the northern kentucky education council, only 32% of children are ready to begin learning their first day of kindergarten. Our early education services focus on working with parents and their children to reach all developmental milestones from birth through the start of kindergarten to create a solid foundation for the future while tackling any barriers in the way. During the fiscal year of 2014, there were 834 individuals served through our early childhood education department. After 12 months of enrollment, 97% of bright days children and 83% of hippy children were assessed to be age appropriate in cognitive and language skills.
workforce development: one of the biggest barriers for families trying to achieve self-sufficiency is not having a job or having a job that does not pay a livable wage. Like so many others around the country, our region has experienced tough economic times, record unemployment and the reality that certain careers paths are no longer viable options for employment. In order to thrive, we must continue to invest in creating a strong workforce that has the education and skills to move our region forward. To accomplish this, brighton center has a variety of workforce development programs that help achieve their goals. During the fiscal year of 2014, there were 25,911 served through workforce development. Of those served, 25,504 worked with our career connections program, 75% of dislocated workers retained unsubsidized employment six months after placement. Through the center for employment training, 266 individuals received training and 75% of the trainees maintained their employment for 6 months.
youth services: on a typical night in northern kentucky there are over 3,000 youth and young adults homeless and left to find their own way. They are the silent, unseen population and so vulnerable to the harsh consequences of coming from a broken home. For a homeless teen, education is interrupted or cut off completely along with access to health care, mental health services, legal aid and they often can't get a job without identification or a valid address. Getting an apartment is also out of the question due to their age and lack of income. They come to brighton center's homeward bound shelter scared, hopeless and tired of the constant barriers in their way, but they quickly find hope, support, and the road map to a better life. During the fiscal year of 2014, year homeward bound served 514 homeless and runaway youth and 74% of them were re-united with their families.
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I worked with Brighton Center's emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth. At the time I was a trainer providing direction to 80 emergency shelters throughout the southeastern United States. Brighton Center staff were prominent at every event we hosted. They are known for leading the field, accepting the challenge, and valuing young people as equals and contributors to their own success. I don't work with them directly now, but thanks to their unparalleled social networking efforts, led by some guy named "Bear" I can keep up with their efforts to motivate and serve their community. In that way, Brighton Center serves me daily down here in Florida, connecting their mission to the people in a way that continues to move and inspire me.
I volunteer for Brighton Center because they work "with" their clients. Because they have 35 programs, so they're tackling issues from early childhood education to homeless teens to out-of-work & hard-working families to seniors' taxes. Because they work all over Northern Kentucky. Because the vibe when you walk in the door is one of respect and caring. Because they're helping to build a better community - and that community is mine.
After learning about the Brighton Centre and the direct work it does in the community I was quite impressed. The organization has a very grass roots feel, where it can mobilize the local neighbourhoods by working with them one on one and providing them tangible projects for change in their own backyard.