Be Your Own LifeSAVER

In October of 2021, we began pushing out monthly self-care videos directed at teachers, counselors and administrators. Each video had a self-care tip aligned with the acronym and school staff were incentivized to participate by sharing how they had utilized the self-care tip in a short survey. Each  month, we drew 4 names for gift cards the winning school staff could use to pamper themselves. Between October and March, participation increased by 192%. We first posted the video of the training to our website and then created a self-directed study guide that anyone can use to better understand and make a self-care plan to address compassion fatigue.

Because caring professionals are struggling with compassion fatigue and burn out in the wake of COVID, we decided to expand the initiative region and community-wide, pushing out the videos through all of our social media, collaborative communications and even showing videos in board, strategy team and collaborative meetings to encourage participation. Each month, we will pull 10 winners and supply them with a gift card they can use to purchase supplies for self-care or pamper themselves with.

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A Journey to Action 

Learning Event Series 2023

Through this series of events, we hope to identify common themes for meeting needs and positive changes that the Family Connection Collaboratives of NW GA can work together to address and implement. Join us as we discuss priorities for BRR in 2023-24. 

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We believe that  Trauma & Poverty Awareness 

+  Community Capacity Building

Lead to Systems Change & Resiliency

About Our Project

The Building a Region of Resilience Initiative is a Resilient Georgia, grant-funded project. It is designed to build capacity, increase community awareness and advocate for systems change that improves resilience and long-term outcomes for children and families in northwest Georgia. The focus, individuals struggling in the crisis of poverty and experiencing complex trauma. 

By implementing 101 workshops and evidence-based trauma- and poverty-informed trainings, we aspire to build a common language that allows our partners and communities to collaborate for the benefit of our most vulnerable families

The project is led by the 14 Georgia Family Connection Collaborative organizations in the network's Region 1 and guided by their leadership. (Connect with your county's Georgia Family Connection Collaborative)

Check out our FY23 Priority Map detailing the activities implemented regionally and within individual counties and their alignment with protective factors, DFCS CANNP and other initiatives. 

Why This Project ?

When we have a better understanding of our neighbors in the crisis of poverty and the root causes to poverty, especially generational poverty, we can learn to connect in ways that break the cycle of poverty and create resiliency in our communities.

The understanding of trauma helps professionals, organizations and collaborative efforts better identify and meet the needs of the children, parents, families, and communities we all serve. When we improve our understanding, we increase our capacity for empathy and compassion in our approach.

Join Us

The Georgia Family Connection collaboratives in Northwest Georgia are leading this project. We invite you to become a partner in your local collaborative and support the strategies designed to meet the unique needs and challenges of the children and families in their assigned county. Click here to find your collaborative.

Our Facebook Group serves as a community of support and learning that provides our partners and their staff the opportunity to share ideas, information, and resources; ask for and receive support and encouragement; connect to resources; and build resilience to inspire it in others.   

Our Common Language

Support us in building a common language to address poverty and trauma in our communities. 

When we speak the same language, we are better able to collaborate and ensure we are on the same page as we build resilience in our families and communities. 

Common or shared language refers to the vocabulary, terms and words use to describe the key issues, areas of focus or frameworks for a collaborative effort. 

In the Building a Region of Resilience initiative, our common language refers to the terminology we use to describe trauma, poverty, resilience and our collective approach to addressing them. By using a common language, we hope to reduce barriers to understanding and foster productive conversations that lead to solutions and systems change.

Annual Report Fiscal Year 2022

This report details the collaborative efforts and results of the 14 active Georgia Family Connection Collaboratives that manage and support the work of this project implemented in Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022).

View the full report here.

The Building a Region of Resilience Initiative is a Resilient Georgia, grant-funded project. To learn more about our funders, visit them online at: