LINCS Family Center Receives Grant

Katie Faubert

The LINCS Family Center recently received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to build community capacity to identify and implement programs and resources that ensure the well-being and healthy development of community youth.
The objective of the Community Coalition Capacity Building (CCCB) grant is to enable community coalitions to recruit key stakeholders, collect data, and develop collaborative relationships with school districts in order to provide youth with supports, resources, and opportunities needed to become successful adults.
The LINCS Family Center appointed Trina Johnson-Brady as the Community Coordinator who will lead the coalition building initiative in order to address the needs of students in the Wilson Area School District.
Johnson-Brady was most recently Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager at Frederick Living, a not-for-profit senior living community in Zieglerville, PA. Prior to that, she served as Community Relations Specialist for Phoebe Ministries where she supported the Phoebe Institute on Aging in the development of educational programming as well as the formation of a coalition of organizations to provide awareness, education, and resources to Lehigh Valley residents living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
The LINCS Family Center was organized in 2012 and is a dynamic community outreach organization dedicated to offering all Wilson Area School District residents a confidential contact for accessing a variety of support through programs and services. The center currently offers a food bank, weekend lunch program, teaching garden, a summer playground program, and after school tutoring.
The PCCD grant is paid for by Pennsylvania tax payer dollars and coalitions receiving grants will also apply the Communities That Care (CTC) model throughout their activities. CTC is an evidence-based coalition model that targets the prevention of substance misuse, school dropout, delinquency, violence, and mental health among youth in Pennsylvania.
The CTC model helps communities to develop and maintain collaborative relationships and partnerships within a local community to promote healthy youth development. Communities That Care has been widely implemented with demonstrated success throughout communities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1998.
Organizations interested in joining the community coalition or those who would like more information about the project can contact Trina Johnson-Brady at 484-373-6200 or at tjohnsonbrady@wilsonareasd.org