Historically, we have brought renowned speakers and authors to our community to focus on issues such as bullying, resiliency, providing a safe childhood in violent times, having critical conversations about race, diversity, the importance of play, and growing childhood roots of adult happiness. In the last few years, we have broadened our workshop offerings, enabling students and adults to choose from an expanse of topics and speakers. From the CCC’s cornerstone program, the annual Intergenerational Conference, to the Catalyst Challenge, our organization empowers families of the region to transcend traditional socio-economic, ethnic and institutional divisions.
In 2016, the Community Coalition for Children established a new initiative, the Catalyst Challenge, designed to promote on-going community action by participants in their programs. TheCatalyst Challenge encourages all participants to take what they learn at the annual intergenerational conference and form an action plan for their school or community.
Conference participants are "challenged"to take what they have learned back to their own community or school, enabling students, parents, and professionals to bring about positive change. To be eligible for the Catalyst Challenge Award, a proposal and final project/action plan are required. In late spring/early summer, award winners will be announced and recognized at the Catalyst Award Ceremony attended by nominees, conference participants, and community members. It is important to celebrate and document the ripple effect that CCC’s programming makes. And, the award will include some funding to provide ongoing support for the winning initiative and potential expansion to other sites.