We Care About Kids’ Hopes and Dreams!
From cradle to career, our goal is to create a culture where every Island child has the ability to:
- Thrive: Possess emotional and physical health.
- Connect: Enjoy supportive relationships with peers, families, teachers, and other caring adults.
- Contribute: Feel valued as members of our community.
- Learn: Engage in meaningful social, emotional, intellectual, and physical discovery that spans home, school and out-of-school activities.
- Prepare: Feel ready for fulfilling careers
The following are materials and/or links to helpful resources that can be used by families, groups, schools, organizations, and businesses in support of Alliance work.
Student Statement of Aspiration
“I Have a Dream” is a statement of aspiration that was co-written by the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance Teen Council and developmental psychologist Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. Based on research in positive youth development, the document is free to download. Suggested use is provided with the document. Click on the image to download. Read more about what it means to believe in yourself and why it’s important for our kids.
Our Community Promise
The community promise is a statement of intention, adopted by the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance. It sets an intention for us to live in ways that support the healthy development of our children and teens. When we model this promise to our children, even as we recognize how imperfect we are at doing so, we positively change kids’ lives. This document is free to download by clicking on the image below. Suggested use is provided with the document. Read more about collective impact and how our community promise is linked to the work we are doing on behalf of youth.
My Parenting Promise
Like the community promise, the parenting promise is a statement of intention. It is designed to articulate a set of family values that positively impact child and adolescent development. When we model this promise to our children, even as we recognize how imperfect we are at doing so, we positively change kids’ lives. This document is free to download by clicking on the image below. Suggested use is provided with the document. Read about how family values contribute to how children thrive in life.
The Compass Advantage
The Compass Advantage is the research-based organizing framework for the Alliance. That means we view our work with youth through the lens of the compass, striving to nurture the framework’s eight core abilities in all contexts of a child’s life–home, school, and out-of-school activities. The following materials, created by developmental psychologist, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. are free to download.
- The Compass Advantage: Eight Pathways to Every Child’s Success: This handout shows a visual representation of the compass, defines each of its core abilities, and shows how families, schools, and communities impact the development of each ability. It can stand alone as an educational piece or be used to generate small group discussion on ways we can better cultivate these abilities in our children. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this handout is available from the Alliance office in printed format. Contact us if you would like them in quantity for community events.
Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Tweens & Teens
In the three Bainbridge Healthy Youth Summits held in 2013-2014, our youth identified three ways we can help them grow: 1) empower their voices, 2) help them discover their passions and 3) celebrate them for who they are in addition to what they do and achieve.
With these sentiments in mind, the Bainbridge Public Libary and the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island collaborated on a resource guide to help Island youth discover what opportunities existed for them to share their voices and gifts, discover their passions and foster internal strengths that don’t show up on a report card.
This booklet, Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Teens & Tweens (Updated in 2016) is a compilation of those opportunities. We invite all tweens and teens to take advantage of working with and learning from these wonderful island resources.
Collaborative Impact for Youth
Many of our Alliance and partner-sponsored activities spark action! That’s what we want–action that has a positive impact on youth! The following resources have been used by many groups who are inspired by our collective mission.
- Community Tool Box : This website, a public service of the University of Kansas, has a set of tools that can help groups get started and guide work to completion.