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The Building Blocks of HOPE – Block #3: Engagement


We have been so encouraged to hear how HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) is resonating with the ACES Connection community.  Here we present the third mini-blog in our series on the Building Blocks of HOPE.

Children need ample opportunities for productive social engagement. Developing a connection to and sense of belonging in a community, as well as a sense that you matter to your community, describes the essence of the third of the 4 Building Blocks of HOPE. What are some examples of productive social and community engagement?

  • Being involved in projects, peer-mentoring, or community service through one’s school or religious organization.
  • Partaking in family cultural traditions.
  • Participating in organized music, art or sports.

Children need to feel connected to their communities, loved and appreciated.  Having this type of engagement helps children develop into secure and resilient adults.

This post is the third in our series of mini blogs describing the building blocks of HOPE.  Please take a look at our blogs about the first and second building blocks of HOPE (respectively, nurturing relationships and safe, stable and equitable environments). To further embrace the members of ACES Connection, we have created a Balancing ACES with HOPE community and encourage all to visit and join. Please read our blogs and post your comments. Let us know how you think HOPE could impact your work and personal life.

Please share your ideas of how we can help create opportunities for positive experiences.  It is more important than ever during this very stressful time.

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