Footwork - Building Stronger Support Ecosystems Through Community Footprints

April 12, 2024

"What happens after they leave your table?" This simple question holds profound meaning for community organizations. It's not just about being present at events; it's about creating lasting connections and meaningful change. If we don't, pamphlets will be tossed and their lives will continue as before. This week, our focus is on the critical issue of community violence, especially among our youth. We must recognize that this is a complex issue with no one-size-fits-all solution. 

To truly make a difference, we must unite our resources and efforts to send a clear message of peace and safety. This goes beyond the event itself; it means following up with youth and families to ensure our impact endures.

Imagine reaching out to those you met at the event, offering them personalized support and resources tailored to their needs. This could mean providing information about local programs, counseling services, or community events that can help them. Staying engaged with the community is also crucial. By keeping in touch through social media, newsletters, or meetings, we show our ongoing commitment and care. Collaboration is another powerful tool. By working together with other organizations, we can amplify our impact and reach more people in need. This not only strengthens our efforts but also fosters a sense of unity and support within the community. Lastly, collecting feedback just as the SHH Peace Pit does from the community is essential. This helps us understand what is working well and what could be improved for future efforts.

In essence, our work does not end when the event is over. By following up, staying engaged, collaborating, and listening to feedback, we can create lasting change and a brighter future for our communities.

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Program Manager-Partnerships