We want you to know you are not alone, and there are community supports to strengthen your family.
Our work is rooted in The Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ frameworks developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy.
We offer and support Parent Cafe experiences to directly engage parents in building the protective factors needed to promote healthy outcomes for their children.
Please see the calendar below to find a Parent Cafe or a Strengthening Families event in your community.
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.
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.
Please see the calendar below to find opportunities to connect with young people in your community.
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.
CARD SETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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.
CARDS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS
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.