Earlier this month, we had the privilege of honoring six remarkable people. The 2014 Allies in Prevention Award winners are a diverse group — immigrants, scholars, police officers, social workers. They have stories that defy odds and stories that inspire action. And they are changing the lives of children and families in our communities every day.
Since they received their awards, they’ve gone back to work doing what they do so well:
Being CONNECTIONS for children.
We encourage you to read their stories here and then consider how YOU can connect with the children in your community. Because EVERY ADULT has the responsibility to be a positive connection. Here are some ways we can make that happen:
- PARENTS & CAREGIVERS > Make time to connect with your kids EVERY DAY. Talk one-on-one for five minutes. Read together every night. Eat a meal together daily. Celebrate your child in small ways every day! Listen to their thoughts, fears and joys and help them find words to express those feelings. Parents need connections, too. Ask for help, connect with other parents and reach out to other adults in your child’s life to strengthen those critical connections for your child.
- PROFESSIONALS > Teachers, medical professionals, coaches, youth group leaders— you are critical connections that can mean all the difference for children. Stay connected with children in your circles. Help parents see their own strengths and build trust. Teach families how to build more connections and widen their network of support.
- NEIGHBORS/COMMUNITY MEMBERS > Take notice when a child or family is struggling. Smile and praise the child or parent— acknowledge that parenting is a tough but rewarding job. Offer to listen to a parent or spend time with a child. Connect with kids by volunteering. Create opportunities in your community for families to build new connections in safe, supportive environments.