We involve all stakeholders to build capacity and co-create ways to address system change and drive innovation.



Our work is rooted in The Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ frameworks developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. In order to make a real difference, we must build all domains of people’s social ecology—including the individual, family, relational, community, societal and policy realms.  (

We are an integral part of the WKY Strengthening Families and Communities serving the Lakes Area.  You may request training and technical assistance from this collaborative using the link below.


About Us


Making Families Strong

We offer and support Parent Cafe experiences  to directly engage parents in building the protective factors needed to promote healthy outcomes for their children. 

The  protective factors are parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, social and emotional competence of children, and nurturing and attachment. 

Parents are leaders in the cafe experience, and engage in opportunities  to develop leadership skills to build capacity, and address system change.


Empowering Young People

Young people build capacity and develop leadership skills by asking each other meaningful questions.   We support and empower young people to guide peer-to-peer discussions about things that matter to them.  These conversations offer clarity, perspective and positive direction based on protective factors.  The protective factors are resilience, knowledge of adolescent development, social connections, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence.

We are collecting data from  these experiences to verify and measure the effectiveness of these experiences and help our community make informed policy and practice decisions.




Creating Meaningful Conversations


The “Talk” box was made to help start those important face to face conversations by asking questions that give perspective on life, how you got where you are, and how to best move forward. Life can be very difficult sometimes, so we stuck some serious questions in a not so serious package. 

The “Shift” deck was created to question and shed light on the decisions we make, why we make them and how to make better ones in the future. This peer to peer deck is intended to help shift life's trajectory.


Our "Connect" cards provide a platform to engage with other parents, and learn from one another.  Participants will leave feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they've learned.   


Parent Cafes

Getting Started


 In order to facilitate a Parent Cafe you must complete the Cafe Facilitator training.  Cafe Facilitator trainings are offered quarterly, and are listed on the website calendar.  A Parent Cafe team has a facilitator and 2-6  table hosts.  Once a facilitator has been trained they will have the resources needed to develop a Cafe team. 

Hosting Parent Cafes

 Parent Cafes  are carefully designed, structured discussions that use principles of adult learning and family support.  They are highly sustainable with training , reinforcement, institutional support, and a commitment to an approach that engages and affirms parents as leaders.  



Data Entry for Parent Cafes

 We are collecting data  to verify and measure the effectiveness of these experiences and help our community make informed policy and practice decisions.  

Push the button below to enter your information for Parent Cafes.

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