To build a partnership that can successfully address the big issues facing children and youth, start with a core group of representatives from sectors that are directly involved. The “Share Your Message” activity can help you move beyond the “usual suspects” to identify key players whose priorities align with yours. You may be surprised to discover who could be a potential partner in efforts to support children, youth, and their families.
Once you’ve identified potential partners, create an approach together that will be meaningful to all of you. You may find that some partners share your concerns but look at them in a different way. Do your research so you can help establish a common language and common goals among all partners.
This activity will help you generate a practical and diverse list of potential partners.
Getting Partners on Board
Project directors from two different communities describe how to connect to partners by listening and understanding their perspectives.
3 Bold Steps: Partner - Build Your Team
The Project Director of SS/HS in Muskegon County, Michigan, describes collaborative efforts of several community agents to improve communication and identify common goal and outcomes.