Corner Office: Mission Update. What does Child & Family Resources do?

What does Child & Family Resources do? A fair question any client or donor might ask. Well, there are a few ways we could talk about our work....

We could easily talk about the programming we provide to families. About how we work in-homes with caregivers to become the best parents they can be—empowering and educating caregivers to nurture positive growth in their own children. We are part of the foundation families build to become healthy and thriving.

Or, we could talk about the 2,200 trainings we offer statewide each year to childcare professionals, the people who play an integral role in the intellectual, physical, and emotional development of our children, which doesn’t even touch on the countless hours of technical assistance we provide to in-home providers and centers. We are part of the toolkit early childhood educators use to make a lasting positive impression on all aspects of a child’s development.

We could wrap up talking about our community-based programming working with teenagers in schools to become healthy teens who make safe choices about risky options like sex, drugs, and alcohol.  We are part of the reason a teen will make a choice today that helps them prepare for tomorrow. 

We do all of those great things, every day. We also do so much more than that.

Looking at the cumulative power of all of our programs, unifying each is a very fundamental mission:

At Child & Family Resources we build strong communities where children can reach their full potential

At Child & Family Resources we build strong communities where children can reach their full potential

We do this by using effective prevention and education strategies with families, teens, and early educators

We are so proud to announce this as our new mission statement. Over the past several months, our Board of Directors, with input from many staff, took time to reflect on the true impact of our work. 

There are so many great programs at Child & Family Resources, we're very happy to have a short and wonderful answer. What does Child & Family Resources do? We build strong communities where children can reach their full potential. 

Eric Schinder, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Since 2005, Dr. Eric Schindler has been the President and Chief Executive Officer  for Child & Family Resources, Inc.  Dr. Schindler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1982. After internship training in child and family psychology at U.C. Davis, and postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology in Chicago, he has spent over 30 years working in Tucson community settings as an administrator, director, teacher and practitioner.  A licensed psychologist since 1984, he also served as an adjunct instructor in Family Studies at the University of Arizona for many years. 

Previously, Dr. Schindler served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for La Frontera Center, Inc., a comprehensive community behavioral healthcare organization, where he was also the Director of Training for the APA approved Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium. He maintained a  private practice in psychotherapy for 20 years prior to assuming the leadership of Child & Family Resources.

Child & Family Resources recognized by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

On Thursday, October 15th, President & C.E.O. Eric Schindler accepted 2015 Alliance Commitments Award for Engaging All Voices for Child & Family Resources' program Youth Empowered for Success. 

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national membership organization located in Washington, D.C., that is dedicated to achieving a vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. They are leading an effort to provide a blueprint for building paths to true community impact. In their own words, "Impact is not about what you do—how many people you serve, how long you’ve been in existence, or how far your service area reaches. It’s about the positive change you achieve and whether or not it lasts."  

Recognizing how many of our efforts and value aligned with the commitments of The Alliance, Child & Family Resources has signed on to grow and learn along all dimensions of service delivery to ensure that we are truly a High-Impact Organization

We were very honored to be recognized by The Alliance for outstanding work in the Commitment for Engaging All Voices. We have long been deeply committed to inviting, appreciating, and advocating for the viewpoints of individuals who are unrepresented or underrepresented in most community, organizational, and policy settings. Perhaps nowhere is this commitment better exemplified than through the work of our Youth Empowered for Success (YES) program. YES is an initiative in Pima County that, for over a decade, has worked to mobilize the power of youth to create conditions for success in schools and communities. YES involves teams from area high schools in a leadership effort that benefits schools and neighborhoods by raising youth voices in messages about community, healthy living, achievement, and striving for an alcohol and drug free teen life.

YES program impacts communities

YES team members are also deeply involved in local neighborhood and community coalitions, bringing youth voice and leadership to the broader community. In partnership with a variety of coalitions, a Community Needs Assessment informs issues that are addressed. Again, working hand in hand with adults, a variety of projects and interventions, including community town hall meetings, are implemented in communities across Pima County. These projects and initiatives are focused at every level of the socio-ecological model, involving the youth, their families, the schools, and the local communities.

Recently, the Office of the Governor recognized the work of the YES program with a Volunteer Service Award for their involvement in, and service to the community. Through these activities, youth develop a sense of competence, usefulness, power, and belonging. These serve as the basis of protective factors against youth engaging in risky behaviors, and make it more likely that they will achieve in school, pursue higher education, demonstrate leadership, and become active, productive citizens in their communities.

Learn more!

Learn more about how to become involved with the YES Program

Learn more about the The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' Commitment of High-Impact Organizations.

Visit the official award announcement here.