This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.
The Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI) of Walla Walla is building the community’s capacity to strengthen families. While ACEs – adverse childhood experiences – are devastating to one’s health, CRI has created a model for their community’s services and constructed roads to follow to build resilience. They are striving to help those affected by ACEs and to prevent more ACEs from occurring in their community. Resilience counters the damaging health effects of ACEs. This is community capacity development in action moving towards thriving communities.
Peer Solutions is an Arizona-based organization established in 1996 to promote healthy communities while actively addressing the underlying causes of harmful behaviors. Their mission is to cultivate positive social change by uniting schools, families and communities with STAND & SERVE (S&S), an asset based, peer facilitated, prevention and intervention support program fostering peace, respect, empathy and ownership of the solution