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Mission Moment: Black Cultural Awareness Taskforce Leads A&C Participation in New Events

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The Black Cultural Awareness Taskforce (BCA) at A&C expanded their community impact this summer by leading Adult & Child Health’s participation in two exciting local events.

A&C was represented for the first time at the Indianapolis Juneteenth Celebration this June, where staff hosted a table to educate the community about A&C’s services and hand BCA swag and resources. Eight staff members and several family members also marched in the parade that morning, showing support of Indy Juneteenth, Inc.‘s mission to “improve the quality and narrative of life around the black community in Indiana by creating avenues for celebration and economic growth.”

Adult & Child staff were also thrilled to participate for the first time in the Indiana Black Expo in July as a vendor in the minority health fair.

Indiana Black Expo acts as a voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African American youth and families. Their main goals are to educate, empower and elevate communities through programming and community partnerships.

“We spent three days sharing the mission and vision of A&C as well as information about all of the services that we offer. In addition, we were able to highlight our diversity and inclusion efforts through our task force,” said Jaymee Cummings, Team Leader for Perry School Based 2 and Co-Chair of the BCA.

“It was awesome to share our services and information with the community and to highlight the amazing work that is being provided by our agency. Mayor Joe Hogsett stopped by the booth several times to thank our agency for the services that we are providing to the community and special populations.”

For anyone interested in supporting the BCA’s continued efforts and initiatives, you can visit their Bonfire apparel fundraising page here.

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