Families 1st Partnership has received funds to carry out a youth program called Photo Voice. 

Young people who have been in foster care, juvenile justice, or experienced difficult relationships are eligible to be a part of the program. The program will be held at the Connection Homeless Shelter. 

Two sessions of the eight-week program will be held in the area.

The Connection shelter hosts the Lincoln County session.

Trail West CASA will be the location for the Keith County session.   

Each participant will receive a tablet to use in taking and editing photos. 

Through Photo Voice, they will learn the fundamentals of photography and photo selection. Photo Voice conveys the fact that photography is communication. Young people will be given a topic each week around which to center their photo selections. 

As the group meets each week, photos are viewed and given captions to express an idea or feeling the photo represents. At the end of the eight-week session, the group can either choose to mount and display their photos in a public location or have selected photos put into a book that will be a momento for each class member.    

Families 1st Partnership supports prevention programs that improve these Protective and Promotive Factors:

• Knowledge of Parenting for Child and Youth Development,

• Nurturing and attachment.

• Social-Emotional competence of children.

• Parent Resiliency.

• Social connections.

• Concrete supports.

Improvement in the protective factors is considered an approach to increase family stability and reduce the chances of child abuse and/or neglect.    

Families 1st Partnership has operated as a non-profit organization since January 2019 and serves as the backbone organization for collaborative efforts in Lincoln County.

The focus of the collaborative partners is to prevent children and at-risk youth from going into higher systems of care.

With this goal in mind, Families 1st Partnership encourages other local agencies in their work and offers support in the form of trainings or financial assistance to the agency’s participants. In addition to financial support to stabilize families, there is sponsorship of parenting classes and family activities. 

In the three years since acquisition of non-profit status, Families 1st Partnership has provided $601,660 regionally in assistance for housing, transportation, childcare, daily living needs, and supplies for childcare providers.

In the training of frontline workers, $15,657 has been made available for trainings relevant to working with at-risk populations. 

Families 1st Partnership receives grant funding from Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.    

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