Current Partner Resources
We are so pleased that you have joined this collective and collaborative effort to support families! Our team is a large group of scientists, educators and students who are volunteering their time to rapidly build and release materials to try to help YOU to help families.
Each week, we will send an introduction to the collection of content for families that will be released on the following Sunday.
Marketing Tool Kit
View the current marketing tool kit with language for emails and websites, as well as social media posts and images.
- Theme 1: Our Family Can Do This! Sharing a Positive Outlook
- Theme 2: Our Family is Creative! Collaborative Problem Solving
- Theme 3: We Care About Each Other! Connectedness
- Theme 4: Our Family Will Get Through This! Making Meaning of Adversity
- Theme 5: We Share Our Feelings Constructively! Open Emotional Expression
- Theme 6: Our Family is Adaptable! Flexibility to Change
- Theme 7: We Can Get Stronger! Transcendence and Spirituality
- Theme 8: We Tell Each Other the Truth! Clear, Consistent Messages
- Theme 9: We Take Action! Mobilizing Social and Economic Resources
Each week on Sunday:
- The collection will be posted to the Facebook group and here on our website under the “Collections” tab.
- The collection consists of six items: One document each with activities for children, youth, young adults, older adults, and families; and one document that consolidates all of the other documents. We do this for convenience – that way families can easily pick the format that works best for them.
- You are then free to share the materials with families as you wish.
- Late in the week (about a week from Friday), we will circle back to ask you what you did and what you learned (for example, can you say how many families you sent the materials to, how did you try to attract their interest, and did you receive any comments or feedback). More details to come.
Don’t forget about the community of practice!
There are many ways to get support and information about program content:
- Frequently asked questions will be posted here in the partners section.
- You can join a private Facebook group just for partner organizations. We will send you an invitation to the group Families Together Partners. If you haven’t received an invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On Tuesdays we will hold a community of practice conference call for any partner who wishes to join. Email email@example.com for more information.
Resilience Video Series with Froma Walsh
Tips and Suggestions
Below are tips and suggestions to provide guidance as you share tools from the initiative.
- Read the background information sent each week so that you can build resilience themes into your weekly work with families.
- Share weekly collections promptly with families.
- Model good resilience skill-building by trying out an activity in each collection and sharing information about the experience. An example is to post your own attempt to engage with an activity, or discuss how you encouraged your own families, relatives, or friends to participate in the activity.
- Encourage awareness and participation by families you serve through your regular communication channels and program activities. For example, consider referring to content in the collections when you or your organization holds program sessions, creates displays, write newsletters, or communicates with families in other ways.
In addition, engagement partners should:
- Encourage family engagement. Encourage families to try one resilience-building activity each week.
- Encourage families and affirm their efforts to work on resilience. One strategy might be to create a space or a place where families can share information about their experiences practicing resilience skills and encourage each other – periodic virtual coffee hours, a Facebook group where families can post, a display in a virtual or physical library where families can post pictures about what they did and how it went. Another idea is to hold interactive sessions where families can talk about their experiences building resilience skills.
- Actively interact with families to build a community of support online. Encourage families to post about their engagement with weekly resilience-building activities. Another strategy is to connect prior conversations or specific linkages you see between the proposed activities and members in your group. For example, maybe one of the proposed activities is related to a (non-confidential) conversation that you and a community member have spoken about before. Something as simple as tagging or mentioning that member in the group’s Facebook conversation and saying, “This sounds a lot like our conversation about journaling last month” can go a long way toward encouraging participants to engage.
- Contribute to the initiative by posting weekly to the Families Together Facebook group with items related to Families Together work done with families you serve.