The Glue that Gives Strength and Makes a Difference
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men– Frederick Douglass
Holidays mean different things to different people. I remember a time, as a child, it was about inconsequential things like a day to sleep in, the food and presents. As the years progressed, holidays became all about relationships – strengthening those that have been built over years, mending the ones that were damaged, and creating new ones. It is through these relationships I find the strength to grow as an individual, the perseverance to face challenges, and the comfort to be true to myself.
Relationships are imperative for many different reasons such as increasing our emotional well-being, creating stability, learning how to be a good person, having someone to count on and trust in times of need and someone to rely upon when faced with challenges, and that makes us feel connected. Each relationship elicits different responses that help us to grow and learn about ourselves. At times, it is these relationships that act as the glue holding us together during stressful situations and when we face life difficulties.
Organizations, like individuals, rely on the glue created by these relationships and partnerships, to hold themselves together and make progress towards achieving their mission. The mission of the Alaska Children’s Trust – the prevention of child abuse and neglect – is one of those goals known by many as a big hair audacious goal. Audacious goals can never be achieved easily, quickly, or alone. The Children’s Trust knows we cannot prevent child abuse and neglect on our own and that the solution is not found in one singular approach.
To bring our mission to fruition, it will require us to have partnerships across all sectors like businesses, government, tribal, nonprofit, and faith. It will require us to partner with communities in building environments that are safe, stable and nurturing for children. It will require us to help leaders focus their resources in creating a system of prevention – a system that intervenes early – as many say, upstream. It will require us to continue to develop relationships with all Alaskans to create awareness and a commitment to stop child abuse and neglect. Most of all, it will require us to strengthen our existing relationships, mend those that are damaged and continue to create new ones.
As we celebrate this holiday season, all of us at the Alaska Children’s Trust want to thank you for being our partner to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Because together, we can prevent child abuse and neglect.
Trevor Storrs and the Alaska Children’s Trust family