Lay Academy: Our Children – Our Future

Lay Academy Zoom Series

Series Description
Even before the COVID crisis hit, it’s been noted that there are two Tallahassees: one whose residents earn a living wage or are relatively affluent and another struggling with poverty and all of its effects. In Leon County, 43% of residents live at or below the poverty line, including over 3,000 children under the age of 5. Children living in poverty are at greater risk for academic, health, and safety issues. In this series we’ll hear from leaders of community organizations focused on addressing issues facing children and explore what a Children’s Services Council might do to improve the lives of children in our community.

Weekly Schedule: Wed.,  7 to 8 p.m., Sept. 9 – Oct. 28, 2020

Sept. 9
Preparing for School Readiness
Speaker: Morgan Evers, Community Relations Manager, Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend

Sept. 16
Serving Abused and Neglected Children
Speaker: Deborah Moore, Director, 2nd Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program

Sept. 23
Addressing Food Insecurity
Speaker: Monique Van Pelt, Executive Director, Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Sept. 30
Caring for Homeless Children and Youth
Speakers: Audrey Byrne, Director of Development, Big Bend Homeless Coalition
Justin Barfield, Director of Development, Capital City Youth Services

October 7
Providing Health Care
Speaker: Dr. Paul Robinson, Immediate Past President, Florida Pediatrics Association

October 14
Creating a Children’s Services Council
Speaker: Virginia “Ginny” Dailey, Attorney, Panzer Maurer & Maynard

October 21
No Lay Academy

October 28
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home
Speaker: Mica Renfroe, Administrator, Madison Youth Ranch