Introduction(Adapted from December, 2012 Board of Directors presentation by John Rhomberg)
The Project• Our story: Small Iowa town determined to recover from loss of three teens to suicide and create healthier community. Strong desire to share lessons learned and help other communities grow more resilient youth.• Leader: Community member, mother, and resiliency researcher, Dr. Mollie Marti, set out to find answers and tools. Research led to creation of ECCE Community Resiliency Model™.
The Project• Tagline: Empowering communities to grow resilient youth.• Apple Tree logo: The strong, healthy tree (community), nourished by the elements (data driven research and best practices), produces good fruit (healthy youth).
The Mission• Our mission is to empower communities to grow resilient youth.• We envision communities engaging their youth and helping them grow their hope, strength, resiliency, connection, and contribution.
Call to Action…“It is time we recognize that youth developmentand community development are one-in-the-same. Young people naturally desire to belongand make a difference while a community canthrive only when it nourishes the uniquepassions, skills, and contributions of its youth.Working together we can form solutions strongerthan any crisis that may come our way.”~Dr. Mollie Marti
Long-Term Objectives• Simplify youth building through ECCE Community Resiliency Model™ and tools.• Serve as premier provider of research-based education for those invested in youth building.• Serve as resource for communities recovering from losing a child to suicide or proactively strengthening youth. One loss is one too many.
ECCE Community Resiliency Model™Foundational model converting research into simple applications that grow stronger youth• The ECCE (Engage-Connect-Challenge- Empower) Model makes it easy for parents, communities, schools, and organizations to strengthen youth and help them thrive by growing their capacity to cope with stressful events.• This 4-pillar, 20-factor research based model takes into account mental, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and environmental needs.
Thriving Communities (Resources and certification for communities committed to growing resilient youth) ↑ Education, Tools, & Resources (Information and practical tools delivered to empower youth resiliency) ↑ ECCE Community Resiliency Model™(A 20-factor foundational model for empowering a community to grow resilient youth) ↑ Research and Best Practices
Start Up: Initial Assets• Expert Board of Directors• CEO (Dr. Mollie Marti) and support staff• ECCE Model of Community Resiliency™• Pilot Thriving Community of Mount Vernon IA• Website (donated by 3RhinoMedia).• Community Resiliency Series 2013 (hosted by Mediacom, available to all via web).
Start Up: Priority Opportunities• Develop Board of Advisors• Partner with other youth service organizations to use ECCE Model to further their work.• Partner with corporate sponsors to host Community Resiliency Annual Conference.• Obtain grant funding to support programming.• Get course work accredited for continuing education and professional development.
Product/Service Development- 2013 Educational Series.- Tools, resources, surveys, and publications based upon the educational series and other current research.- Community toolkit: a collection of resources simplifying research and best practices for easy application.- Community certification and direct consulting related to youth resiliency building.
Thank You to our Board of Directors:Ro Foege, MSW, former Representative, State of IowaDoug Frank, Regional Vice President, Mediacom, Inc.Jan Jensen, MA, Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of IowaPeg Kerr, PhD, RN, Chair of Nursing Department, University of DubuqueJames Larew, JD, former Chief of Staff, State of IowaHeidi Levine, PhD, Dean of Students, Cornell CollegeJohn Rhomberg, MBA, CEO of B4Brands, Inc.John Rife, CLU, former President and CEO of United Fire GroupChristine Scheetz, MPA, CEO of United Way of Johnson County