This grant was made to create collective impact in two areas. 1) to deploy a train-the-trainer model in the Valley that would empower and build capacity of local organizations who would otherwise not have access to such training. 2) To form a local group that will integrate this curriculum by bringing trauma-informed practices, encouragement of resilience, and educate families and providers on ways to lessen the impact of negative consequences of prolonged stress. Year one: Train the initial cohort, Year 2: deploy newly trained cohort to present across the Valley, Year 3: Capture learnings and identify suggestions for how to expand on this work.
Year One, a group of 20 professionals were certified as trainers in the Strengthening Families Curriculum. Another benefit was the work of Minerva Pardo of WVSD, who is translating the curriculum and the National Alliance for Children’s Trust is supporting the work by involving their graphic artist and applying for additional grants that will help both fund the work and train a Spanish-speaking cohort at a National level with potential to pilot the first cohort in the Yakima Valley.
You can learn more about Strengthening Families on their website.