National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
The Strong Families, Strong Relationships
curriculum in our Virtual Training Center discusses the importance of
strong social networks as one of the keys to healthy relationships.
Chapter 7 suggests volunteering with your partner helps strengthen
relationships. Additionally, including your children in community
volunteer efforts provides a great bonding experience as well as an
opportunity for you to model civic engagement. August 12th is International Youth Day
and this year's theme—Civic Engagement—focuses on youth development and
empowerment through contributing politically, economically, and
socially to society, which can help shape their future. The following
tips and resources can help you and the families you serve strengthen
healthy relationships for
youth and families by developing positive social networks.
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Everyone wants to belong. Helping
youth connect with positive social networks can improve self-esteem,
reduce the risk of unhealthy behaviors, and promote civic engagement.
Healthy relationships can provide a strong foundation for such
engagement now and into adulthood.
- Look for family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community such as beach clean-ups or feeding the homeless. The Corporation for National and Community Service can help.
- Consider age-appropriate groups
or clubs such as 4-H, Scouts, or Junior Achievement that support
positive youth development and encourage civic engagement.
- Encourage interpersonal skills
that will help youth be resilient such as communication and conflict
management, which can help them problem solve and navigate discussions
about sensitive topics that may arise in political and social
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 1,000 materials in a variety of formats
including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures,
pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and
Select the links below to view our featured August resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national,
regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
- National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) 2015 Leadership Symposium in Milwaukee, WI, August 9-12, 2015:
NCSEA announces an exciting
evolution in professional development programming. NCSEA will be
transforming the traditional Annual Conference & Expo into the new
NCSEA Leadership Symposium, to be held August 9-12, 2015, in Milwaukee,
WI. The Leadership Symposium will provide relevant, quality educational
opportunities aimed at directors, managers, leaders, and future leaders
in the child support community.
- Community Action Partnership 2015 Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, August 25-28, 2015:
The Community Action Partnership is
excited to announce the re-launch of its Pathways to Excellence
Initiative. Pathways are the Partnership's premier organizational
capacity building initiative. Pathways use 35 Standards of Excellence
that define the very best practices for Community Action Agencies. Just
as the new CSBG organizational standards developed by the Center of
Excellence in collaboration with the Community Action Network define the
basic minimum requirements an agency must meet, the Standards of
Excellence represent the highest level of management and operational
performance to which an agency can aspire.
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for
Healthy Marriage and Families supports safety-net service providers as
they integrate healthy marriage and relationship education skills into
service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive, culturally
appropriate, family-centered approach designed to promote