Strengthening The Black Family

by Terry Watson | May 5th, 2011

The Mission of Strengthening The Black Family, Incorporated is to improve the quality of life for families in Wake County and beyond with special emphasis on black families. The Organization seeks to ensure the survival and strengthening of black families while still underscoring those traditional values, which serve to strengthen all families.

Founded in 1980, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Wake County, North Carolina in 1987, Strengthening The Black Family, Incorporated is a unique preeminent coalition comprised of more than forty (40) member organizations. From its founding to the present, the vision of the corporation has been to bring about positive changes in the community with specific emphasis on black families in Wake County.
On April 30th, STBF held its 29th Annual Conference at the Wake County Commons Building located at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh. This event provided attendees with programs such as Adult Audience Topics including Wake County’s 2010 Community Assessment, H1N1 Qualitative Assessment in Wake County, Spiritual Health, Refinancing and Mortgage Options, and also Managing Bankruptcy.

Other programs included Youth Audience, The Value of Saving, How to Deal with Bullies, Helping Youth Make Good Decisions, and Staying on the Right Track.

Speakers for the Adult Panel of Discussion included Lechelle Wardell of the Program Consultant Office of Community Affairs Wake County Human Services and Coordinator of the 2010 Community Assessment. Dr. Laverne Reid, Associate Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dr. Felicia Hardy, Home Mortgage Coordinator Jody Boddie, and Dr. Warren Ballentine, Esquire—St. Augustine’s Radio Station (WAUG).

For the Youth Panel speakers included Autrice Campbell Long, Vice-President/Community Development Manager SunTrust Bank, Dr. John Blackshear of Duke University, Focus on Youth Facilitators —Strengthening the Black Family, Inc, and Wake County District 10 Judge Keith Gregory.

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