Our Work in McKenzie
No one can say the McKenzie Regional Leadership Team lacks for ambition - small but mighty, it has put together one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging prevention plans of any of the regions. It is currently piloting Roots Empathy, a strategy in which elementary-schoolers learn empathy and kindess from a local infant, in local schools. Under the Strong Communities umbrella, the team will use existing resource centers as hubs to launch strategies like Triple P, a positive parenting program, and Parent Cafes, peer support groups for parents. McKenzie's plan also relies on collaboration - local restaurants are hosting the cafes, and the Welcome Our Neighbors program will be implemented in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. The region recently held its first Parent Cafe and is excited to expand the program.
The Roadmap to Prevention began with team members collecting 200 community surveys, asking McKenzie residents questions like "Do you think your neighborhood watches out for kids?" and "What do you think could be done to reduce child abuse?" Their answers provided a foundation, a starting place and an important context.
The second step of the process saw the team looking carefully at the community's available resources and gaps in services. A diverse group of McKenzie residents came together to create a map of the current situation. To fill those gaps and support current efforts, the team wrote its Child Abuse Prevention Plan.