Together, We’re Making an Impact!
Through partnerships with families, teens, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies, we dream big. Since 2013, these are some of many local projects that have been inspired through the Alliance.
Resilience: The Heart of the Matter
Raising Resilience launched a four week parenting class specifically designed to meet the needs of parents of children in intermediate and middle school. Educator Karolynn Flynn introduced the innovative curriculum, offering specific tools and strategies to empower parents in promoting connection, coping, competence and character in their tweens and teens.
Kindness Campaign & Raising an Adult: Moving to Action
Bainbridge High School students, parents, teachers, and other community members came together at our 5th Summit to help cultivate the conditions that help youth thrive.
Take a look at the meaningful feedback teens gave to adults on the behaviors they felt helped or hindered their growing independence and self-efficacy as they step toward adulthood.
Stay tuned for student-designed banners that will debut at Bainbridge High School in the Fall of 2016.
StoryShare is an intergenerational project sponsored by our partner, the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center and the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance. It’s not only an exciting 6-week project where sixteen high school students and sixteen seniors interview each other about their life stories, it’s also BHYA’s first official research study!
In January 2016, we’re partnering with Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation to learn about the kinds of relationships and experiences that help youth and seniors thrive in our community. We hope participants will forge positive new relationships with each other. At the same time, Fielding doctoral students will help us discover themes in the recorded and transcribed interviews that will provide additional data to help move our community impact efforts forward!
BISD Heath Advisory Committee
Beginning in 2015, the Bainbridge Island School District began a planned formal review of its K-12 Health/Fitness curriculum. Incorporating new standards in 2016, the BISD Health Advisory Committee’s primary focus is social and emotional wellness. Cezanne Allen, M.D., Director of Community and Youth Engagement for the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance, is a member of this committee, representing the Alliance and our collective impact approach to fostering a healthy culture for youth.
Parenting Right in the Middle
Parenting Right in the Middle was a wildly successful parenting education curriculum for parents of children in intermediate and middle school sponsored by Hyla Middle School, Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Island School District. The program ran during the 2014-2015 school year and included a series of live classes taught by Kathy McCarthy and Karolynn Flynn, a panel discussion and social media events.
Career Readiness Initiative
A cross-sector partnership is committed to ensuring our high school students are career ready and well equipped to enter the workplace. This initiative, called the “Career and Technical Education Committee” is a collaborative effort of:
- Bainbridge Island School District
- Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island
- Bainbridge Youth Services
- Local businesses and non-profits
To fulfill the Initiative’s vision and goals, a key program element is involving employers in the provision of one or more of the following work-based learning opportunities: 1) allowing students to shadow employees in your workplace; 2) providing a guided tour of your workplace; 3) being a guest speaker at a “brown bag lunch” session; 4) attending a career day; 5) hosting a 13 week, two-hour weekly “Career In…Program,” and 6) participating in a minimum 6 week, 30 hours/week summer internship program.
Mentoring kids on what you do, how you do it, and the career opportunities available in your company, organization, or agency are important aspects of the initiative. Community champion Tom McCloskey and Career Technical Education Director, Peggy Templeton are working tirelessly to connect students with local employers. Interested? Email Peggy at mtempleton@BISD303.org or Tom at email@example.com.
A Bainbridge Listening Project
In the spring of 2015, BHYA launched a comprehensive campaign called Youth Matters, encouraging islanders of all ages to engage teens in conversations about what mattered most to them. Titled “A Bainbridge Listening Project,” the campaign reminded us to take time not just to ask young people questions, but to really listen when they respond.
The Teen Council helped create the campaign and designed the materials and conversation prompts. During a four week period, Islanders engaged with Youth Matters table tent cards at area restaurants and coffee houses, each with a different conversation prompt. Youth Matters bookmarks were made available at Bainbridge Public Library and Eagle Harbor Book Company. Attendees of the spring summit received a free packaged deck of 42 conversation cards to use at home.
Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Tweens & Teens
In the three Bainbridge Healthy Youth Summits held in 2013-2014, our youth identified three ways we can help them grow: 1) empower their voices, 2) help them discover their passions and 3) celebrate them for who they are in addition to what they do and achieve.
With these sentiments in mind, the Bainbridge Public Libary and the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island collaborated on a resource guide to help Island youth discover what opportunities existed for them to share their voices and gifts, discover their passions and foster internal strengths that don’t show up on a report card.
This booklet, Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Teens & Tweens (Updated in 2016) is a compilation of those opportunities. We invite all tweens and teens to take advantage of working with and learning from these wonderful island resources.
Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council
Formed after our initial Healthy Youth Summits, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council advises and makes recommendations to the Bainbridge mayor on local government issues pertaining to teens and young people.
It also serves as a direct link between Bainbridge’s youth and the city of Bainbridge Island while also allowing Bainbridge and Eagle Harbor high school students a direct role in shaping city policies.
“The idea is we’ll meet quarterly and talk about issues on the agenda and get a youth perspective,” Mayor Anne Blair said.
Inspired by Dr. Price-Mitchell’s keynote on The Compass Advantage at our first Summit, Kristina Pujular, an island parent and former teacher, created a youth empowerment program for girls in grades 4-6. Girls in this 10-week after-school program share stories, do art projects, perform community service, etc., focused on the eight compass abilities. Tina has trained other parents to lead G² circles and is currently developing a curriculum to share more broadly. The circles have been so successful that they are now running in two states! The program was featured in an article, by Dr. Price-Mitchell, Middle School: When Coming of Age Stories Begin. (Photo taken when girls visited a retirement home Christmas 2015.)
BI Police Youth Advisory Group
Police Chief Matt Hamner has an opinion about how his department relates to high school students: “In my seven months as police chief, I have seen the need for better communication between police and young people.” After attending the first BI Healthy Youth Summit, he found a solution: A Youth Advisory Group.
The BIPD has announced that the group will include about twenty students from Bainbridge Island School District in grades 9-12. The group will meet monthly to discuss issues involving police and youth on the island. Hamner said, “I want to use these meetings to listen to the concerns and ideas of Island youth. I am confident that by each seeing the other’s perspective, we can communicate more effectively, increase trust, and form a meaningful partnership.”