Community Chat -We are NOT All in this Together: How the pandemic lands on marginalized kids and families – July 10

COVID-19 and resulting community mitigation efforts have created challenging times for everyone but especially for children with disabilities, families living in poverty, individuals challenged by mental health disorders, and communities of color as well as other populations. School closures, specifically, have created difficult environments and experiences for vulnerable children and multi-stressed families. Nelson will share approaches to children/youth and family supports being provided by Change Inc. to 500+ families in the Twin Cities, with an emphasis on building resilience of both providers and clients.

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Presented by Jody Nelson

Jody Nelson, Ed.D., LMFT is the Executive Director of Change Inc., a community-based social service agency with three main service areas: 1) GAP School, an alternative high school serving “opportunity youth” ages 16-24 leading to a high school diploma and an industry-recognized certificate in construction, health or IT – the student population includes a large percentage of immigrants and refugees, 2) the Community School Collaborative – providing school-based mental health services in 25 schools in the Twin Cities and 3) The Change Institute providing supervision, training and consultation in the areas of mental health and urban education. Jody is owned by a Bernese Mountain Dog, Albert, and has two granddaughters, Fiona (6) and Zora (2) who call her Jojo.