Making A Connection (M.A.C.)
Making A Connection's (M.A.C.) vision is to provide equitable access to resources for non-system-involved runaway youth and families. Community Connectors support youth and families by building a 1-to-1 connection that will help provide information about resources and connect them to community supports.
- All individuals and families deserve access to resources that will enable them to have a better life
- Strength-based approaches help individuals and families feel valued because they are acknowledged as knowledgeable and competent
- Maximizing on existing community resources through trusted collaboration decreases duplication of services
- Investing in prevention outweighs the financial costs of intervention
- Individuals and families have unrealized resources and competencies that must be identified, mobilized and appreciated
- Individuals and families must be active participants in the change process and not passive recipients of services
This is accomplished through the work and community connections of the Community Initiative Manager and Community Connectors. Community connectors are informal supports who work directly with the youth and families and use a youth/family-driven approach. They provide ongoing support to develop relationships in a culturally responsive manner in order to prevent involvement with law enforcement and the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems.
Community Connections are ingrained in the communities where the families reside; see the youth and family as a partner; and work with them in identifying strengths, needs and capacity to participate; while identifying informal supports as well as additional formal supports.
If you'd like to talk to someone and/or learn more about Making A Connection (M.A.C.), please contact Karla Dush, Community Initiatives Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-616-6517.