Pre-Mother's Day Brunch
Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch is an event designed to celebrate the people who rarely receive the praise they deserve: mothers. The event usually takes place in May on the Saturday before Mother’s day where we invite mothers of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds to come together to uplift and encourage each other. We want Mother’s to be able to connect, refresh, and empower each other in a welcoming environment while sharing a delicious meal together.
Back 2 Skool Bash
The Back to Skool Bash is a staple FOSTER event usually held in local Madison park in late August/early September in partnership with Nehemiah. The annual bash is unique because students not only receive free school supplies and enjoy free food and games but they also get salon services, new clothes, shoes, and family support services as needed. That support could be help with bills, food, transportation, or job resources for both students and parents.
Our goal is to affirm the greatness within each child and address social barriers that they may face to
learning. For 10 years this event has been strengthening community support for education by providing
services to marginalized families (particularly families of color). This is an opportunity to improve the back to school experience for dozens of kids as well as the overall wellness of the entire family.
Black Education Matters Summit
The Black Education Matters Summit is a new annual event started in 2020 and administrated online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The education of marginalized children is so often overlooked and through Ms. Jackie Hunt’s leadership we are aiming to change that.
The online webinar aims to bring together a host of expert educators and community stakeholders to share their experiences, resources, innovations, and hopes for transforming the educational system in Madison, Dane County, and beyond. Presenters have included State Representative Sheila Stubbs, Madison College President Jack Daniels, Urban League of Greater Madison President Dr. Ruben Anthony, and many more. We want children, parents, and educators to learn from these leaders and empower them to take what they’ve learned and spread it in their communities.
Dinner with Soul Santa
Dinner with Soul Santa started in 2008 as an event to bring together a few families in the community to share in a holiday celebration. The event, hosted in partnership with Nehemiah, has grown massively since then and is often sold out in advance.
The dinner is centered around meeting the cultural needs of families of color by giving children an opportunity to see a Santa who reflects their cultural identity. In addition to a hearty holiday meal, attendees sing Christmas songs, make crafts, and play games together. The event free for all families that RSVP so don’t miss out!