You have funding to dedicate to a prevention program or are ready to seek funding
Questions to consider:
- What are 2 main goals of your prevention program?
- What are the first 3 things you need to put in place to start a prevention program?
- What do you need to have in place to support a part-time prevention worker?
- What did you learn from your community needs assessment that will influence how you approach this work?
- What strengths can you draw from your agency and community to support this program?
- Do you know funders who are interested in family (or who could be sold on the importance of including family) that would support your program?
TIPS: Starting Prevention Work and Getting Buy In!
- Define a clear scope of prevention work that leads you to a vision statement
- Ensure that the information is shared with staff, board members, and community partners
- Get support in designing a database with long term and monthly tracking for easy reporting and funding applications
Community Service Providers
- Community service providers want to know why youth should participate in your service and why family is important. Tailor your message to include language the organization uses in serving youth (e.g. client centred, youth directed, etc).
- They will want to know how the youth will remain safe in the process.
- It is easy to demonstrate that investing in prevention is a fiscally responsible – and socially responsible (see Resources section).
- Share stories that illustrate the impact the program will have – on families, and on savings to the system.
- Youth may or may not care about repairing relationships. They may care about going to school, stable housing, being in a comfortable space. Find an interesting and engaging way tell the youth why the program will benefit them.
- Families may not be able to see past the crisis they find themselves in. Help them understand what the implications will be if their young person becomes homeless, and entrenched in street life. They need to understand that they can play a role – and can have support in resolving the conflict.