At HandsOn, we pride ourselves on being a community connector. We support more than 3,000 community-based organizations that work together to bridge the gap for families. Each organization has a unique mission, but all of us are working toward common goals – stabilizing families and/or creating opportunities for success – aligned with one or more of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) pillars. This month, we are highlighting a few of our partners who create opportunities for success in education and employment for youth.
Education is one of the five SDOH pillars. In partnership with The Starfish Alliance, Inc., we have launched a family support hotline for families with high school youth enrolled in the ROC (results-oriented coaching) school-based program. Starfish Alliance families will have direct access to information/referral services, thus avoiding wait times. To remove non-academic barriers to educational success, our work is centered around meeting youth needs on three levels: basic, social-emotional and self-fulfillment. We look forward to sharing our collective impact report with the community in June of 2020. Stay tuned!
Economic Stability is another SDOH pillar. Franklin County Job & Family Services, a long-standing partner, has launched the Achieve More & Prosper (AMP) program for youth who are entering the workforce. AMP creates opportunities for youth to develop technical and professional skills through experiential learning at various worksites coordinated by community partners like IMPACT Community Action and Eckerd. This work has expanded youth employment opportunities from the summer to year-round. For families served through our 2-1-1 service, programs like AMP create opportunities for the whole family, including the youth, to become economically stable and mobile.
We recognize that there are many factors that underline poverty and SDOH including ACEs (adverse childhood experiences). Nevertheless, Columbus is focused on creating opportunities for two, sometimes three, generations residing in one household to achieve education outcomes and seize employment opportunities. HandsOn remains committed to supporting both families and community organizations by being a connector and providing community insights.
If you want to help more youth achieve success in education and employment, then let’s connect. We can connect individuals with volunteer opportunities, families with resources, and organizations with a network and data-driven insights.
Tiffany T. Wright
Interim President & CEO
HandsOn Central Ohio