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 part of Strengthening Families and Communities serving the Purchase Area.  You may request training and technical assistance to build protective factors in your workplace or community. 


Strengthening Families and Communities

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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. Our "Connect" cards provide a platform to engage with other parents, and learn from one another.

     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.   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.

     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.


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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.  Additional support is also available from Strengthening Families and Communities . 

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.  Participants leave Parent Cafes feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they've learned.  

     We are currently offering Parent Cafe sponsorships to communities in the Purchase Area.  The application for sponsorship is  on this site under the section Implementing a Strengths Based and Trauma Informed Approach as the last PDF listed.  



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