Trichia Long and Jennifer Booher from Missouri Division of Youth Services presented a workshop at the annual Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative conference in Springfield, MO at the end of June. They introduced the Five Domains of Wellbeing to an audience of juvenile officers, judges, detention supervisors, private residential managers and Office of State Courts Administrators staff members. Trichia and Jennifer facilitated a rich discussion on putting a focus on people’s wellbeing and understanding tradeoffs. The participants were interested and engaged, recognizing some of the system’s barriers to wellbeing but eager to learn more about the framework. We thank Trichia and Jennifer for their expert facilitation skills and continually strong partnership with FFI!
On Friday, August 15, FFI and its Greater Boston Full Frame Network will be hosting the area premiere of Rich Hill, followed by a panel discussion. Save the date now, and plan to join us at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA. The screening is at 7:30 p.m. Rich Hill, winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, is powerful film that focuses on three boys and their families in the small town of Rich Hill, MO. While not shying away from the challenges these boys face, the film is “full frame” in its perspective that beautifully illuminates the protagonists’ strengths, hopes, dreams and, above all, their love for their families. Rich Hill is opening in select theaters around the country starting in August; a list of dates and locations can be found on the film’s Facebook page. It will also be available On Demand starting August 5.
On June 16, Katya Fels Smyth and Anna Melbin presented a full-day workshop in Worcester, MA on FFI’s Five Domains of Wellbeing, entitled Helping Systems Focus on People, Not Problems. This workshop was offered in partnership with the state Integration Task Force, charged with improving systems response to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Over 65 people, from anti-violence organizations, housing and homelessness organizations, other community based services and from state coalitions and state agencies, attended. This training was made possible by the generosity of The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the Worcester Area Mission Society.
FFI’s Greater Boston Network recently hosted a conversation with Dr. Lehn Benjamin, co-author of the recent “Programs Aren’t Everything” article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article is a rationale and call for moving beyond the program as the primary unit of analysis to measure outcomes of nonprofit organizations. Benjamin and co-author David C. Campbell argue that the work of frontline staff, as well as the agency of program participants, are critical pieces missing from most mainstream measurement and evaluation frameworks. The Full Frame Approach is cited in the article, along with three other “emerging alternatives”. Benjamin, who is an associate professor at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, discussed her work and potential areas of collaboration in the next stages of her research with members of the Network during a meeting at the Hyde Square Task Force. Subscribers to the Stanford Social Innovation Review can access the article online. If you are interested in learning more about their research, you may contact Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Campbell directly.
FFI recently hosted a special screening in Boston of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary Rich Hill. Organizations that are part of the Greater Boston Full Frame Network joined policymakers, philanthropists, and other FFI allies to watch this powerful film that focuses on three boys and their families in the small town of Rich Hill, MO. While not shying away from the challenges these boys face, the film is “full frame” in its perspective that beautifully illuminates the protagonists’ strengths, hopes, dreams and, above all, their love for their families. The screening was followed by a robust discussion with filmmaker Tracy Tragos about issues that matter to all of us: poverty, violence, trauma, and the power of hope. Attendees left the event with new connections and inspiration to find ways to use this film in other venues to open dialog about how to see families who are accessing services in a different light. Look for a screening coming to your area and let FFI know if you have ideas on how to use this film for change! FFI would like to thank Tracy Tragos for joining us and The Boston Foundation for providing space for the event.
FFI founder Katya Smyth will speak at the Northeastern Students4Giving 2013 Social Impact Conference, presented in partnership with Associated Grant Makers and the Learning by Giving Foundation on March 11 at Northeastern University. [Read more…]
FFI’s Anna Melbin heads to Seattle this week to present at the Ending Family and Youth Homelessness Conference, sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Anna is presenting as part of a panel on “Sustaining Housing: A Voluntary Services Approach.”
FFI is in California this week to facilitate the first in a series of workshops for survivors of domestic violence, part of our statewide project to bring to light how the definitions of “success” held by various stakeholders effect domestic violence policies and systems. [Read more…]