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What can we do together to advance the health and well-being of all young people in our region? Visit TOGETHER!’s blog to enjoy updates on our work and information on issues concerning families and young people.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Healthy Futures, Redefining Prevention

 

TOGETHER! is accepting proposals for presentations that redefine prevention within the four focus areas of Accessing Educational Equity, Addiction in Context, Building Community Resiliency, and Health & Wellness for our 2018 Healthy Futures Conference. Please follow this link to fill out our Call for Proposals. The survey will close on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 5pm. We will respond to all proposals by Wednesday, January 31st.

Proposals must fit within at least one of the following four focus areas:

  1. Accessing Educational Equity: All young people deserve equal access to education, but inequality is built into the system. How do we, as educators, social workers, prevention specialists, and support staff, work to correct these inequalities? How do we change the systems that allow some students to succeed while others slip through the cracks? What elements are necessary in an equitable education system?
  2. Addiction in Context: Science has proven that addiction does not happen in a vacuum. Environmental factors like ACEs, toxic stress, lack of resiliency, lack of supportive relationships or community, all increase the likelihood of substance abuse and addiction in young people as they grow into adults. What can the world of prevention learn from this research? How can we incorporate this new understanding into our approach to preventing substance abuse and addiction and advancing the health and well-being of young people, their families, and our communities?
  3. Building Community Resiliency: Resilient communities save lives. But what makes a community resilient? How can we work together to build and reshape systems, practices, and policies to create more vibrant and resilient communities for our kids and families? We want to know what innovative partnerships you are building that strengthen your community. How do community involvement and community relationships impact the youth you work with?
  4. Health and Wellness: Health is a lot more than what happens at the doctor’s office, especially in a world where healthcare is becoming less and less accessible. Research clearly shows the link between health outcomes and social, economic, and environmental factors. How are you making healthcare accessible in your community? How are you incorporating an understanding of the social determinants of health into your practice? And, how can we take care of ourselves as youth workers in the midst of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma?

 

Successful proposals will:

  • Fit within a 75, 90, or 120 minute time slot
  • Challenge us to think about prevention in a new way
  • Draw connections between fields and sectors to create innovation solutions
  • Feature youth voices when possible
  • Bring equity to the forefront

Celebrate TOGETHER! on #GivingTuesday

This holiday season, let’s Celebrate TOGETHER! All year round, we offer programs and services that enrich our community by caring for some of our most vulnerable members: our children. TOGETHER! works across sectors to advance the health and well-being of all young people through impactful youth development, health promotion, community engagement, and family support programs. But you already know that – if you’re reading this, that means you’ve made it to our website, probably through our newsletter or social media accounts, meaning you’re already a supporter of our organization, either as a donor, a volunteer, or just a friendly community member. Thank you for coming this far with us.

No one is quite sure what the future holds. 2018 bears the promise of new projects and partnerships that will serve our community in ways sorely needed, but also new challenges, some of which we can’t foresee. All we know is that we want to be there to support those youth and families who need us, the ones we already know and the ones who are yet beyond our reach. We want to be there for our community and help that community grow, no matter what happens.

With every backpack we give to a child before their first day of school, with every connection made between a student and a staff member they can trust, with every day that kids have somewhere safe, fun, and supportive to go after school, our community becomes a little bit stronger, a little richer, and a little more equitable. Every student should have an equal chance to succeed in school and in life. Our work is to make sure they do.

During this season of giving, you have the chance to be a part of that work. It all starts on #GivingTuesday, the day when we take a break from the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and give something back. We hope that you will consider TOGETHER! on this day, and help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 to kick off our year-end campaign!

CS Lewis wrote, “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Click here to help us dream the dream of a world where all young people are supported, healthy, safe and valued.