Since the inception of The Familyhood Connection Inc, our mission and strategy of promoting programs that bring the generations together to improve communities, has evolved with technology to include the hashtag “#” in front of the word “Familyhood.” To create a general understanding of what #Familyhood means, this document, “ #Familyhood – 10-3 ” was written. 10-3 represents October 3rd, 2015- the launch date of 1stSaturdays.com.
#Familyhood has three main definitions:
1) #Familyhood is one word to define The Intergenerational Enterprise.
The Intergenerational Enterprise is a collaboration between a school’s Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association, and Alumni.
“The Intergenerational Enterprise” is too many letters for a Twitter handle, so we use #familyhood to represent this collaboration in one word.
2) #Familyhood is also one word to define “Healthy Economics”.
Healthy Economics (HE) is a community development strategy that defines the school as the center of a communities development.
HE dissects each school into three main organizations: Student Government Association (SGA), Parent Teacher Association and Alumni (PTA) and promotes these organization to collaborate. This collaboration is called The Intergenerational Enterprise.
HE promotes The Intergenerational Enterprise to manage the school’s garden, farmers market and eventually a grocery store.
HE is divided into four main strategies/brands/websites/twitter that work together to recruit volunteers (students/parents/alumni/community partners) to join these organizations and to eventually collaborate.
They are: #1stSaturdays/1stsaturdays.com, #friendsofschool/friendsofschool.org
#familyhood (#1 definition above)/ intergenerationalenterprise.com and #mobetterfood/mobetterfood.com.
To define each:
#1stSaturdays defines the 1st Saturday of each month at the school as the official monthly volunteer/recruitment day.
#Familyhood BEGINS with the SCHOOL’S ADMINISTRATION “SAVING ALL 1st SATURDAYS of the year” on the annual calendar as “Volunteer/Recruitment days”.
Each 1st Saturday’s of the month, volunteers visit the school to achieve the two main motto.
1) #Friendsofschool’s motto is, “every school shall have a functioning Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and Alumni Association.”
Since, many schools do not have these organizations functioning on campus, especially in lower income communities, the #friendsofschool program assists the school’s administration with creating/ engaging and collaborating these organizations with community partners to advance towards #Familyhood (definition 3).
During the 1stSaturday’s volunteer events, #Friendsofschool promotes a portion of time on the agenda to updates from representatives of the school’s SGA, PTA, ALUMNI.
2) #mobetterfood’s motto is “every school shall have a garden, a farmers market and a grocery store.”
Each month, The Intergenerational Enterprise meets at the schools garden or/and farmers market to improve it, with a vision of achieving both motto’s.
3) #Familyhood is the vision of a community or neighborhood becoming a healthy, sustainable, peaceful, community.
We believe we can advance communities towards #Familyhood by utilizing schools as centers for community development.
The site: 1stSaturdays.com will show launch Oct 3rd, 2015 to map schools that are open to host volunteers once a month-every 1st Saturday of the month.
If you would like to organize a 1st Saturday’s at a school near you, click here.
We are currently seeking individuals to organize 1st Saturdays at schools in their community and community partners to join our efforts.
If interested in joining, donating to our efforts, please feel free to contact us.
Thanks for your consideration!
David N. Roach
The Familyhood Connection Inc
(510) 776-4178 Cell