Quick, in 40 seconds or less, can you name the Five Promises? Are you scratching your head and asking yourself, “What the heck are the Five Promises?” Or maybe, you’ve heard about them but you’re not really sure of all five? Something about service and helping people, maybe? Yup, there’s one like that. Something about safety for kids? Yes, we have that, too, along with a few more! To be exact they are: Caring Adults, Safe Places, Effective Education, a Healthy Start and Opportunities to Help Others.
Whether you know a couple, you don’t know any at all, or you don’t really understand what this all means, that’s okay because Brockton’s Promise is finally entering the blogging realm and you’ll learn about them soon enough, (hopefully). Don’t worry, we’re not here to list them off every day until they are ingrained in your brain, even though I just did that (
I promise it won’t happen again…). But we are here to talk about how these five promises serve as protective factors in a child’s life and learn from you about how we can better connect Brockton youth to the resources that are out there. We are excited to share thoughts, and stay connected to the great people that are keeping this City connected and moving, whether they are adults or kids. Additionally, we want to provide you with resources that you may not have known were available and we would like to hear about what else can be done. Brockton’s Promise works with stakeholders like the Mayor, District Attorney, Superintendent and Police Chief, but what good are these partnerships if we don’t stay connected with the community at large to know what your needs are?
It’s all about collaboration!
In an effort to become more intentional about its community outreach, Brockton’s Promise decided to expand its marketing efforts and coincidentally, decided to hire me! My name is Amanda and I am a Massachusetts Promise Fellow serving at the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, which is kind of like the mother ship for Brockton’s Promise. My job is to enhance community partnerships and inform you about the resources that Brockton’s Promise has to offer. The fellowship is one of many Americorps programs based out of Boston, MA and while many of my fellow fellows come from all over the country, I am actually from Brockton, born and raised. I left the City for a little while, but I am back and excited to be working with some of the same community agencies that helped me grow as a youth in this City. I will be taking the lead on this blog for now, but don’t worry because you’ll hear from lots of different people, including Promise Partners, BP team members, and most importantly, the youth that we serve! We want to feature stories about YOU, the community – the people who serve it and live in it, as well as use this blog to think out loud, so please feel free to think out loud with us!
And the good news is that if you read this blog long enough, you’ll definitely be able to name the Five Promises in less than 40 seconds, maybe even less than 30!