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Family Engagement Online Toolkit https://dycd.jayharrymedia.com About 41,300,000 results (1.78 seconds) Search Results Department of Youth & Community Development Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:35:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.17 Reflection Corner: Benefits of Family Engagement https://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/2017/11/08/reflection-corner-benefits-of-family-engagement/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:27:30 +0000 http://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/?p=1107 DYCD knows the importance of family engagement in helping improve outcomes for all family members and building safer and healthier communities. DYCD has made partnering with families a priority. DYCD staff reflects on the many benefits of engaging families as partners.

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  • Increased participation
  • Receive consistent messaging
  • Encourages communication and support between participant and family
  • Promotes a sense of belonging
  • Strengthens overall development into successful youth/adult
  • Awareness of programs
  • Better outcomes for their youth
  • A sense of belonging to a community of families
  • Access to resources and personal/professional growth
  • Voice in program activities help set priorities/activities
  • Better program attendance and participation
  • Improved provider job satisfaction and potentially less turnover
  • Fosters partnerships
  • Stronger programs as families share feedback & suggestions on how to improve services
  • Families are more involved in community activities
  • People are better connected to each other and to services and programming
  • Increased access to services and learning opportunities
  • Less participation in negative risk taking
  • Investment in neighborhoods
  • Increased results
  • Buy-in to the agency’s mission and services
  • When families are engaged they can advocate against funding cuts, benefiting the funder/DYCD
  • Maximizes our impact
  • Increased visibility and brand name recognition among families
Reflection Corner: A Mile in My Shoes https://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/2017/11/08/reflection-corner-a-mile-in-my-shoes/ https://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/2017/11/08/reflection-corner-a-mile-in-my-shoes/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:33:22 +0000 http://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/?p=1096 Think of your families and “take a walk in their shoes.” Notice what you see, hear, and feel and consider how welcome you feel. Invite your staff and colleagues on a virtual tour of the program’s space(s). Write down on a graffiti wall what you saw, heard, and felt as you walked through the program spaces. Take a few minutes to conduct a gallery walk and discuss themes, surprises, and any differences that came up for the team. Identify areas you would like to improve and strengthen. Celebrate successes and strategies that are working well.

Looking with another’s eyes

An environment that reflects the local community supports the development of a sense of belonging. When you can see yourself in a space, you feel connected.

With someone else’s eyes, you might see:

  • Clear indicators showing people where to go on arrival—signs, furniture placement, positioning of staff and accessibility of space
  • Areas where families can spend some time together or get to know other families
  • Spaces that invite families to engage in and contribute to learning experiences
  • Staff communicating they are physically and emotionally available to families when something is needed
  • Evidence that families are partners- for example: families leading workshops or meeting with program leadership planning events or informing programming
  • Displays of participants’ work, creativity, teamwork, and leadership.

Listening with another’s ears

The sounds you hear have an impact on the overall program atmosphere and everyone’s experiences. As people enter your program and move around the space, what they hear will generate different feelings and reactions.

With someone else’s ears, you might hear:

  • Staff, young people, and families engaged in conversation
  • Families able to express their opinions, ideas, and emotions
  • Different languages spoken
  • A friendly voice welcoming them
  • Sound levels conducive to the environment
  • Music during events

Empathize with another’s feelings

The first feelings you have when you walk into a program will depend on how people begin to build relationships with you. These feelings may be affected by initial interactions or how relaxed the environment feels. As people move around the space, they may notice that different areas create different feelings: while some spaces are quiet and restful, other areas create a sense of fun, challenge, or adventure.

When you experience a program’s atmosphere, you might feel:

  • That the space greets you in a calm, respectful and unhurried way
  • That you can take the time you need to settle in
  • That there is time to engage with other families around your experiences or discussions with staff
  • That you have a role and place in the program
  • That you and your loved one are safe

Being new is a sensory experience

Try using all your senses to imagine (or remember) what it is like to be new in the program! What do you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste? What sensory experiences do you want families to walk out remembering the most? This will help you to create a welcoming environment for your families.[1]

[1] Adapted from Teaching Strategies Y Chart and Children’s Aid Society, Dynamics of Supervision Managers Institute.

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Reflection Corner: Creating Circles of Support https://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/2017/11/08/reflection-corner-creating-circles-of-support/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:26:54 +0000 http://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/?p=1091 Ask staff to reflect upon the individual(s) who were the most meaningful in their lives as they were growing up. Distribute the circle cards. Design note: Include link to cards. Ask staff to select the circle card symbol card that best represents their circles of support, and then pair up. In pairs, staff will share who were the individuals that made up their circle of support -What were their characteristics and qualities? How/why has their circles of support changed as they developed and evolved into adulthood? Close with a large group share out.

What is Family? https://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/2017/11/08/what-is-family/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:19:32 +0000 http://dycd.jayharrymedia.com/?p=1085