In developing this initiative, County department heads recognized that personal and intergenerational trauma play a significant role in outcomes for youth and their families. Understanding this, the initiative uses a trauma-informed approach and makes every effort to minimize stress, build social cohesion, avoid calling up trauma without providing appropriate supports, and accept and acknowledge structural, personal and historic trauma.
We work with families, stakeholders, parent and family leaders, and youth who face marginalization in each community to identify key barriers to children’s success. We use culturally-specific and relevant strategies that increase trust and bring youth voices to the table to get first-hand feedback on challenges and opportunities.
The neighborhoods where young people and their families live, learn and play can act as both barriers and opportunities to success. The CCCS initiative aims to better understand the strengths of neighborhoods, identify and fill gaps, and build on existing opportunities to support youth. Systems, programs and dynamics are unique in each neighborhood and CCCS takes a place-based approach to identifying and addressing the needs of our communities.
We know we will only be successful with the engagement of local leaders. We work with local efforts and initiatives with aligned goals of youth success to leverage resources, coordinate strategies and fill gaps.
Check back soon for a list of local participants and stakeholders.
We are committed to evaluating the planning process in order to learn as we go and continually improve our work. The evaluation will examine how effective the community planning process is in engaging community, identifying barriers to success and developing strategies that address youth vulnerabilities.