DID YOU KNOW…
- Over 30% of Kitsap County residents experienced 3 or more types of traumatic events in their first 18 years of life.
- 35-40% of our 8th & 10th graders do not have an adult they can turn to when feeling sad or hopeless.
- Nearly 60% of people experiencing homelessness and over half of juveniles in detention have experienced 4 or more types of trauma experiences.
Focus on Solutions:
Thankfully, we also know that the skills we need to be successful students, parents, and employees are learned through experiences and relationships with safe and caring people.
This is why we are focusing on ensuring all children & adults have the relationships and experiences they need to flourish.
Educational Experiences Matter
Helping ensure that children enter kindergarten ready to learn gives them the opportunity to reach their full potential. It matters to everyone that children go on to secondary opportunities and grow up to be contributing members of our community.
Creating a process and environment in our community where agencies can come together to discuss complex social issues - homelessness, intergenerational poverty, ACEs, mental health issues, substance use, criminal activity - and develop innovative solutions is hard work. We must all be patient while holding each other accountable.
Kitsap Strong's role as the backbone:
Have a dedicated staff
Have a high level of credibility within the community
Serve as neutral convener - create a space/process for agencies to learn together
Build key relationships across agencies involved in the initiative
Focus people’s attention & create a sense of urgency
Frame issues to present opportunities & difficulties
Use evaluation as a tool for learning & progress
Ensure coordination & accountability
Establish collective ownership
Graduate Strong a Kitsap Strong Network
Purpose: Many of the experiences and learning opportunities that shape a child's life occur outside of the classroom in our communities. Science tells us that children develop the capabilities they need to overcome challenges through connections with caring and competent adults. Graduate Strong is a community response designed to help students develop the capabilites, connections, and the credentials they need to flourish.
Graduate Strong's Mission: to strengthen our community by reducing gaps in educational opportunity and increasing post-secondary enrollment and completion.
Life Experiences Matter
It affects the well-being of our entire community. It means ensuring people of all ages have two or more people to call on in a time of need, feel socially/emotionally supported & hopeful about their future. It means students graduate high school, go on to, and complete post-secondary opportunities that lead to better paying jobs. It means connecting with your neighbor & caring for each other. It means understanding the importance of having a home and the need to prevent homelessness. It also means doing what we can to rescue those who are homeless.