Natchez Building Family Connections Event: President’s Corner May 2017

Dr. Freda M. Bush

MI recently completed a two and a half day Building Family Connections (BFC) Curriculum training in Natchez, MS. The BFC program trains facilitators to teach parenting adults how to talk to their children about sex. There were 30 in attendance including teachers, social workers, nurses, pastors, and church youth workers.

The picture shows the class on the steps of the gazebo in front of the mighty Mississippi River and across the street from the historic Natchez Grand Hotel. A little known historical fact about the City of Natchez is that it was the only major city in MS that was not burned by Union soldiers during the Civil War. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant spared it because of its beauty.

Comments and evaluations from the participants about the training indicated they were equally appreciative of the lessons taught and the skills learned. All expressed the value of the opportunity to be creative in their “teach back” practicum presentations at the end. Additional comments included…”I’m leaving feeling empowered and encouraged to make a difference in our community”. “Great and useful information. I personally learned a lot.” “I appreciate the medical and scientific information provided.” “Effective communication and decision making was vital since it affects poverty prevention.”

MI would like to extend an invitation to as many as possible to attend a BFC Curriculum Training to empower you to positively affect the families and lives of our future generations. The next training is August 16-18 in Jackson, MS.