October 4, 2012
Our most recent Allies in Prevention Coalition gathering was an average, run-of-the-mill meeting for us. Twenty+ attendees? Check. Hosted at a local public building? Check. Lunch provided? Check.
But the funny thing is, these meetings are anything but average. You see, the Coalition brings together local child & family advocates from across Northern Virginia on a quarterly basis and the results are remarkable: resources are shared across jurisdictions, issues brought to light and addressed as a larger community, and direct resource providers–those working on a daily basis with some of our community’s most at-risk families–find a source of energy and inspiration in what can be a very challenging, draining work environment.
We’re proud of the work this Coalition does, everything from distributing thousands of parent education materials to honoring local prevention heroes every April to simply providing a sounding board and shoulder for those working every day to change the lives of children in our community.
Our September meeting, captured in photos above, focused on the Importance of Routine in the lives of children. What a fitting word to bring up–“routine”–as we touch on the importance of these regularly scheduled Coalition meetings. They provide a sense of stability and connection to other local child advocates, a source of resources and respite in an often stressful and overwhelming industry.
This is a routine we’re proud to provide. And we invite you to join us anytime! In fact, our next Coalition gathering is a great opportunity:
Speak Up for Children: Training for Virginia Child Advocates
November 30, 2012
9:00 – 2:00 PM | Advocacy Training, Policy Briefing, Legislative Briefing
2:30 – 4:00 PM | Allies in Prevention Coalition Quarterly Meeting