The National Crittenton Foundation

Our Vision: While The National Crittenton Foundation started in 1883, our vision remains unchangedAll girls, young women and their families live safely in a just world in which they can visualize and achieve their unique potential as healthy, contributing members of society. Our Mission To achieve that vision, The National Crittenton Foundation supports empowerment, self-sufficiency, and the end of cycles of destructive behaviors for girls, young women and their families who live at the margin of the American dream. The National Crittenton Foundation and its family of agencies support girls, young women, and their families living at the margin of the American dream overcome major obstacles...

The National Crittenton Foundation
1750 SW Harbor Way, Suite 450
Ste 900
Portland, OR 97201
United States
503-297-2217
http://www.nationalcrittenton.org/

Board of Directors

Gary Baker, Ken Sipes, Heidi Hancock, Gina Wood, Jim Phelps, Justin Yuen, Bronwyn Mayden, Ron Waterman, Suzanne Hassett, Paula Moten-Tolson, Holly Weems, Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, Jessie Salu, Bill Ryans

Project Leaders

Holly Weems

Mission

Our Vision: While The National Crittenton Foundation started in 1883, our vision remains unchangedAll girls, young women and their families live safely in a just world in which they can visualize and achieve their unique potential as healthy, contributing members of society. Our Mission To achieve that vision, The National Crittenton Foundation supports empowerment, self-sufficiency, and the end of cycles of destructive behaviors for girls, young women and their families who live at the margin of the American dream. The National Crittenton Foundation and its family of agencies support girls, young women, and their families living at the margin of the American dream overcome major obstacles rooted in circumstances not of their own making. Through no fault of their own, the majority of these girls and young women have experienced child sexual, physical and emotional abuse or persistent neglect. Many grew up in homes marked by domestic violence, substance abuse and poverty. These girls and young women bear the life-long burden of healing from trauma and face significant challenges like profound social isolation, addiction, depression, low educational achievement, etc. They tend to live in rural and urban poverty; to be disproportionately young women of color; and many are young single mothers. Moreover, many are in foster care, juvenile justice, are homeless or have experienced sexual commercial exploitation and domestic trafficking. It's a sad but true fact that we allow girls and young women @ the margin to remain largely invisible in our families, communities and even to the systems responsible for supporting them. With the right supports they can heal from the violence they have experienced. The National Crittenton Foundation and the 26 members of the Crittenton family of agencies uses a social justice approach to support young girls and women at the margin to thrive, build skills, break destructive cycles and become powerful agents of personal and social change. At the core of our work is the mandate to address the profound impact of root causes, such as sexism, racism, poverty and violence in the lives of girls and young women.

Programs

Leadership and Training Institute: Over the past year more than a dozen girls and young women have visted Washington, D.C. to meet with policymakers and o share their stories about trauma ans healing. And while the intent is to help girls and young women become their own best advocates, the experience has also resulted in building leadership skills. For example, before they speak the girls and young women are taught how to craft their stories and how to deliver them to an audience. They also learn about the political process, have opportunities to be interviewed by the media and meet with adult leaders who are eager to listen to the girls' stories. Enhancing Agency Capacity: We are the national unifying body connecting 26 agencies that work in 31 states and the District of Columbia. We support the Crittenton family of agencies increase the availability of sound and effective gender and culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, strength-based services for girls and young women in their communities. Providing Resources: One of the ongoing challenges is the availability of information about girls and young women @ The Margin. We are a resource for that information which we make available to the Crittenton family of agencies and others upon request. We also connect people to other resources including organizations, fact sheets and publications and reports. Finally, we create and make available tools that support the provision of quality services and the rights of girls @The Margin. Building Public Will: Violence (in all its forms) is an epidemic targeting girls and young women that results in their marginalization, wasted potential and intergenerational poverty. And it has to end. We work to build public will-meaning that we not only want people to learn about the issues, but to actually care-even get angry enough to do something about it today. Activating Advocates: Too often girls and young women's voices are not heard by policy and decisions makers. At Crittenton we believe their voices and participation are essential. As a result, we ensure that they have the opportunity to speak up, tell their stories and give a voice to the issue and the solutions. Through the Girls @The Margin campaign, we help bring the experience of girls living at the margin of the American dream to the policymakers on Capitol Hill who are making policy decisions. Moreover, our efforts also focus on bringing the knowledge and expertise of direct service providers to bear on the development of effective policies and practices.

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