Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Last year we worked with Breakthrough Collaborative to co-create a bi-lingual one-day Mother/Daughter workshop. We started with a focus group to listen to their needs. Our program brought mothers and daughters together on a Saturday to play, share emotions, communicate authentically as families, and build community, for the first time, amongst adults. It was an amazing day of physical and vocal play, as well as concrete learning, and authentic vulnerability. Mothers told us that just one day of programming changed how they communicate with their daughters, and daughters told us through their tears that they felt heard. By improving the communication skills within the family, the girls are now practicing skills that will serve them for life.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact.
Evaluations show GL programs boldly impact how participants identify and navigate healthy and unhealthy relationships, our collaborative partnerships have unique outcomes. A mother told us “My relationship with my daughter completely opened up... We talk to each other now.” Another said, "The interesting part was the whole experience, from meeting people to connecting emotionally and just the magical step of getting in connection with our daughters like I didn't think would happen." In just one day we saw an increase in emotional intelligence in 80% of the participants, 89% of mothers left comfortable using role play, 100% felt comfortable having a difficult conversation, and 100% of girls showed an increase in communication skills. This suggests that an ongoing program could significantly improve the communication habits of these families, and therefor their health of their communities.
Full impact potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?
We have two strategies to leverage impact from these programs: First, we are re-building our website to function as a girls’ leadership resource for girls and the communities that support them. Our site will have lesson plans, activities, and videos to distribute our effective programming. Everyone will have access to the learning from these partnerships. Secondly, over the three years that we work intensively with a partner organization, we will build their internal capacity to take ownership of the theory, tools, and programs, sustaining impact for decades beyond the actual partnership.