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Pitch In & Help

There are many programs and services serving children and families in Suburban Ramsey County.  We have begun compiling brief descriptions of some of the many groups and programs serving children, young people and families in Suburban Ramsey County.  (NOTE:  If you would like your program or organization listed, please contact us).  We encourage you to contact these organizations directly to learn more about how you can contribute your time, talents, or resources to benefit kids. 

Be Part of our Network for Kids

SRFC is partnering with Bethel University to identify and inventory all programs, projects, and organizations who impact children, youth, and families in our communities.  We are particularly interested in identifying the informal, or less formally organized, services and sources of support offered voluntarily by individuals and families, in neighborhoods, through faith communities, and at workplaces.  The information we gather will be used to inform us as we intentionally build better communities for kids and families living in Suburban Ramsey County.  This mapping began i

Social Capital 101

Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and Better Together, researches and writes about social capital, and more specifically about the decline in informal connections between people.  We’ve excerpted below some definitions and discussions from his published writing.

What is Social Capital? 

Social capital refers to the trust, reciprocity, and shared understanding that arises from networks of relationships. 

Invisible Mentoring

One of the ways organizations and groups are making sure that all children have relationships with supportive, caring adults is through invisible mentoring (sometimes known as the “red dot” program).  This program can be very helpful for identifying the young people who are quiet, go unnoticed, or who are at-risk for falling through the cracks. 

Support Parents

One of the best ways to support kids is to support parents.  Anything you can do to support and encourage parents will benefit kids. 

Provide Opportunities for Kids

Consider ways you can support kids by providing opportunities for them to interact with adults, learn, and share their skills and talents. 

Be Intentional

We are asking people in all of the settings where children and young people spend their time to think about ways they can be intentional about welcoming, supporting, encouraging and valuing kids. 

Celebrate Kids

There are lots of things you can do to celebrate kids. 

  • Make a point to catch every participant doing something right at least once at every meeting, practice, or service.  Be quick to praise them and their efforts. 
  • Notice what’s working.  Tell children and young people when you see them doing something right.
  • Share information about the activities and accomplishments of children and young people through bulletin boards, bulletins, announcements, etc.  Highlight all kids and all kinds of accomplishment—from le

Welcome Kids

A great way to support and value children and young people is to intentionally create ways to welcome all children to your program, organization, or business. 

Create a Welcoming Environment for Kids

Raising kids is a group effort and everyone—parents, youth
group leaders, teachers, neighbors, coaches, youth workers, after-school
program staff, everyone —has a stake in the health and success of our
kids.  Community programs and organizations
are only as good as the caring people involved in providing programs and
services to children and young people. 
Programs don’t change lives—people do!