GESTURES THAT CAN HEAL

Celebrate

Use “put-ups”, not “put-down”.

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Comfort

Stay calm and patient

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Collaborate

Ask for their opinions

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Listen

Show an interest in their passions.

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Celebrate

Use “put-ups”, not “put-down”.

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Comfort

Stay calm and patient

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Collaborate

Ask for their opinions

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Listen

Show an interest in their passions.

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Celebrate
When we celebrate a child’s achievements and challenges, both big and small, and affirm who they are as individuals, we support the development of their self-identity and remind them of their competence, importance, and lovability.

Celebrate
When we celebrate a child’s achievements and challenges, both big and small, and affirm who they are as individuals, we support the development of their self-identity and remind them of their competence, importance, and lovability.

Celebrate
When we celebrate a child’s achievements and challenges, both big and small, and affirm who they are as individuals, we support the development of their self-identity and remind them of their competence, importance, and lovability.

Celebrate
When we celebrate a child’s achievements and challenges, both big and small, and affirm who they are as individuals, we support the development of their self-identity and remind them of their competence, importance, and lovability.

Comfort
Studies show that adults who provide consistent emotional and physical support can buffer the “fight or flight” stress response in children. Teaching them how to manage their emotions and calm themselves down, helping them connect their words to feelings, and practicing relaxation and emotional regulation skills can also help.

Comfort
To comfort is a gesture of making others feel safe and secure and can greatly help children experiencing traumatic stress.
Studies show that adults who provide consistent emotional and physical support can buffer the “fight or flight” stress response in children.

Collaborate
Every day at work, at school, and at home, we have opportunities to collaborate with children to identify problems and work together towards a common goal. Teaching children who have experienced traumatic stress how to collaborate can help them learn strategies to effectively address conflict and deal with adversity.

Collaborate
Every day at work, at school, and at home, we have opportunities to collaborate with children to identify problems and work together towards a common goal. Teaching children who have experienced traumatic stress how to collaborate can help them learn strategies to effectively address conflict and deal with adversity.

Listen
To listen is a gesture we practice every day. For all children, especially those who have experienced traumatic stress and violence, a patient and receptive adult who listens can help them feel safe and valued.

Listen
To listen is a gesture we practice every day. For all children, especially those who have experienced traumatic stress and violence, a patient and receptive adult who listens can help them feel safe and valued.

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School Based Initiatives

There is a LOT going on in our schools to build safer tomorrows.

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Intervention & Healing

When kids do experience violence, we commit to healing and stopping the cycle of hurt.

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Sports Based Initiatives

We know sports help shape character – so do great coaches and great parents.

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Data & Background

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Our team at Safer Tomorrows encourage you to get involved, find help for a hurting child or family, and develop a climate of respect. Everyone has a role to play in ending violence whether you are a parent, teacher, professional, neighbor, or teen.

Together we will make a Safer Tomorrow!

WE’RE DOING IT! CREATING SAFER TOMORROWS IN GRAND FORKS COUNTY

Thanks to you, our community is a place where all children, teens, and adults should feel safe, are treated with respect and dignity, and violence is not tolerated.

We have a strong commitment in Grand Forks County and it’s getting stronger!

About Safer Tomorrows

Safer Tomorrows is part of a larger U.S. Department of Justice grant funded Defending Childhood Initiative in eight communities to prevent children’s exposure to violence as either victims or witnesses, mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to violence, and develop knowledge about and increase awareness of this issue.

Our Vision Safer Tomorrows

We see Grand Forks County as a community where all children and adults feel safe, are treated with respect and dignity, and violence is not tolerated. The Safer Tomorrows vision is clear and our means are intentional. We identify the protective factors that will define our Safer Tomorrows and put in place the people, programs and tools to achieve them.

Safer Tomorrows is a Grand Forks collaborative community program supported by the U.S. Department of Justice.