Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit 2018

On 12/6/18, BTCC joined Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County to coordinate and host the third annual MC3 Summit!  Just under 200 community members convened at the Convention Center to discuss, explore, and generate ideas for action around the theme of connections.  We selected this theme because it is our connections to others and to resources that protects us and our children from a host of health and social problems.  Among the questions we asked as we approached the event were: How can we improve connections within and between individuals, families, neighborhoods, organizations, and sectors? What gets in the way of connections? And how do connections affect health?

The past two years, Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County and Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) convened approximately 200 community members for the Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit (MC3). The theme for the first Summit was “what surrounds us shapes us,” and the second Summit theme was “child and adolescent health.” The decision to organize the event around conditions was grounded in the understanding that children are shaped by the relationships they have, the neighborhoods they live in, the places they learn and play, and the community organizations that serve them. When children have access to Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments they are more likely to thrive- and thriving children are more likely to grow into thriving adults.

  • Participants represented a variety of sectors and institutions, including: child welfare, medical, education, social services, youth partnering & youth serving, emergency services (food, domestic violence, housing & homelessness), higher education (social work & public health, community college), child care, juvenile justice, City and County government, township trustees, mental health/counseling, arts, religious, advocacy, and more.
  • Approximately 11% of all Summit participants were youth.
  • Workshop options were chosen based on feedback about community priorities and perspectives about connection; they included panel discussions, experiential activities, practical tools, personal experiences, and academic perspectives.  The full program can be found here.
  • We continued our tradition of lunch time spotlight presentations this year– presenters highlighted new or innovative programs and initiatives led by, partnering with, or serving youth.

If you’d like to learn more about the first MC3 event in December 2016, here is the archived page.  MC3 2017 info can be found here.

Data Walk Displays

During the registration process we invited participants to share the focus of their work and identify the top 3 things that both make individuals and groups more vulnerable to or at risk of experiencing this issue & things that would support, protect, or buffer individuals and groups from experiencing this issue.  We created the panels below to visualize the feedback provided; thank you to everyone who shared their insight and experiences!

Workshop Handouts and PowerPoints

Check out three participants’ video story recordings on what connection means to them…

And thanks to the organizations planning, coordinating, and supporting MC3!