Building Partnerships to Beyond the Field: Engaging at the Intersectionalities
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Blog submitted by Caminar Latino.
Recently, Caminar Latino announced its Executive Director, Jessica Nunan, joined an advisory committee for Sesame Street Community, an online hub for sharing Sesame Street’s free educational resources with the adults in children’s lives. This partnership with Sesame Street will utilize her 22 years of experience working with families affected by violence to counsel on Sesame Street’s latest project: Children and Trauma.
“I initially reached out to Sesame Street in regards to utilizing material they had created for youth whose parents were incarcerated for our youth curriculum,” Nunan said. “I was so surprised when they not only responded quickly, but were interested in learning more about Caminar Latino’s work.”
Nunan lends her input on another one of Sesame Street’s latest project focused on coping skills and activities for children impacted by immigration: Care, Cope, Connect. This bilingual resource is now available online and Children and Trauma will be available later this year on Sesame Street’s website, www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits.
“Caminar Latino’s partnership with Sesame Street will help both agencies to utilize their skills and expertise to help ensure that children and their families receive the information and resources they need to address the trauma in their lives,” Nunan said.
This partnership reinforces Caminar Latino’s belief in the importance and impact of community partnerships. Over its 27-year history, one of the main lessons the organization has learned is the value of community partnerships. Through these partnerships, Caminar Latino is able to exponentially expand the reach of its services by supporting the community members from partner agencies. In addition, such collaborations create opportunities for cross-training, where individuals and organizations are able to learn more about each other’s work and the issues that affect families within their communities.
“Our most recent partnership with Sesame Street highlights the importance of looking outside of the DV/SA field to increase reach and impact,” Nunan said. “Despite Sesame Street’s long standing presence in the community and immense respect that they have garnered, they continue to recognize the importance of partnering with agencies, no matter how big or small. By looking for all agencies that work with youth and trauma, we are better able to effectively address children and trauma.”
For more information about Caminar Latino’s work to help stop the cycle of violence, visit www.caminarlatino.org.