Modeling Project SEEK with technical assistance from SEEK researchers and practitioners to include:
- Home Visits
- Advocacy & Referrals
- Support Groups (1 for children and 1 for caregivers)
- Communication between child and inmate
Multiple methods are employed to get youth and caregivers to The Big Hope Network events as consistent participation is a constant hurdle when working with community. Multiple reminders are sent to families for group sessions though phone, email, mail, and in person visits. Case managers also facilitate rides to children who want to attend but have transportation difficulties. The staff believe that as they continue to build relationships with families through home visits, attendance will rise at monthly youth groups.
All of the youth groups include a meal or snack, some group time, and a fun activity. This gives all of the children, with different personalities and strengths, a time to shine. Some children really enjoy sharing about themselves and their lives and they thrive in a group setting. Others are more hands on and shine in fun acitvity.
FY19 Annual: The most effective strategy for maintaining engagement between BBBSES and Big Hope Network families continues to be consistent, meaningful contact in a variety of methods most convenient for our families. At minimum, each family in the program receives a home visit quarterly and monthly case management calls. Depending on the needs of the family, case management is done more frequently. Group reminders are sent by mail a week before each group, calls or texts are sent the day before to families we have not heard from. To eliminate the barrier of transportation, staff and interns provide rides to group. Each Big Hope Network youth group begins with an icebreaker game and check in from the past month. We also open the circle for discussion about whatever topics the youth choose. Youth then break out into smaller groups according to age and do an activity related to the session’s topic. If time allows, the larger group comes together again for open play time which allows for rapport building among the participants and staff as well as a chance for staff to observe the youth in a more relaxed setting. Caregiver group will continue to provide time for open discussion and will now include time for addressing and creating solutions.