Think Tank: BTCC members value the intentionality that can come from slowing down, processing, and synthesizing. BTCC’s monthly think tanks are designed to create space to chew on content, try out new ideas and activities, and make connections. Think Tanks will not be marketed or promoted beyond personal invitation and regular BTCC communication (i.e., newsletter); they are open to the community and scheduled on a monthly basis.
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Learning Community: The Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community will work to bring trauma informed and responsive principles to Monroe County agencies. This team works at the organizational level, creating peer to peer learning communities to share, learn, and practice with one another. The Learning Community schedules meetings on as needed basis, approx. once a month. Note: More detail about membership composition and meeting structure will be added when available.
Communications: The Communications Team aims to build a common language of safe, stable, nurturing, relationships and environments (SSNREs) and create (and reevaluate) guidelines regarding public-facing strategies. Team members contribute blog and social media posts, engage in media planning, and strategize on bringing visibility to the BTCC’s work. This team meets approx. every other week.
Training: At present, the BTCC network regularly facilitates four trainings outside of those included in the Implicit Bias Community of Practice training team: Primary Prevention, Trauma 101, Dominant Narrative, and Creating a Compelling Testimony. Additional trainings will be added to this Focus Team as need demands and competencies increase. All trainings utilize a popular education approach to education where participants engage each other and the educator as co-learners to critically reflect on the issues in their community and then take action to change them (practicingfreedom.org). For all trainings, trainers must participate in both the initial training as well as a training of trainers.
- Primary Prevention: This training team is committed to moving from education into action by auditing policies and practices through a primary prevention lens. Trainers and those interested in exploring and institutionalizing primary strategies can also join us the 2nd Thursday of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. to talk strategy (currently meets at Pourhouse Cafe).
- Dominant Narrative: This training digs into our embedded cultural stories and how they affect our day to day experiences. Trainers will break down the current narrative undergirding our American and midwestern ideals and open up discussion about the effects on our communities. The training also seeks to explore counter-narratives that build healthier, more just communities.
- Trauma 101: This foundational training strives to establish common language and understanding about trauma, including its prevalence and potential effects on an individual’s overall health and well-being. Trainers must do this while also acknowledging and modeling the tension that everyone is carrying trauma and some people experience differential vulnerability.
- Creating a Compelling Testimony: Advocating for public policy change is daunting, but important work. But did you know that so much of the power to change the conversation comes down to two things – story and relationship? This training introduces two techniques you can use after the training to tell your story of change and hope and make your case succinctly. These tools come from the advocates at RESULTS, a movement of passionate, committed everyday people using their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.
Advisory: The BTCC Advisory Team is comprised of Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County Prevention staff, a BTCC active member, BTCC community partner, and a founding BTCC mentor. The Advisory Team keeps the network in alignment with our standard operating procedures and supports network wide decision making. Meetings will occur monthly.
Quarterly Gatherings & Events: BTCC Quarterly Gatherings are a chance for the network to come together for shared learning, reflection, or advocacy. Past quarterly gatherings have included trainings, feedback sessions, and a chance for the network to build connections across sectors. Events could include Viewing and Doing documentary screenings and community conversations. This composition and meeting frequency of this team will change frequently, depending on events.
MC3: The MC3 Team is comprised of those involved in the planning and execution of the Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit (MC3). This is a Youth Services Bureau event supported by BTCC and the team meets monthly (at minimum) February-December. YSB leverages funding, staff time, and infrastructure support; BTCC facilitates meetings, offers direction and practical experience, secures volunteers, and convenes community members for feedback.
Implicit Bias CoP: The Implicit Bias Community of Practice is a learning network of trainers and practitioners looking to address the implicit bias embedded in our ourselves, our organizations, and our community. This team offers trainings, works together to improve facilitation skills and content delivery, and to move beyond education to action. In addition to other training requirements, trainers must also participate in an anti-racism training and mirror at least one training before co-facilitating. The team meets, on average, once a month.
Please note that some focus groups are ongoing, while others meet for a time-limited period (i.e., for a specific event).