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Steering Committee Meeting 2020

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Steering Committee Meeting 2019


Sitka is an equitable community where we hold each other up to reach our individual and collective full potential.

The Pathways to a Safer Sitka Coalition is a diverse cross-sector group of individuals, agencies, and governmental entities committed to working together to solve complex social issues.  We use a modified Collective Impact framework to coordinate efforts, align objectives, and work toward a common goal.  Since 2008, Pathways has supported partners to develop comprehensive programs and initiatives that build individual and community protective factors and support resilience. We are dedicated to building equitable, accessible, and culturally-responsive services and systems to ensure individuals feel connected, cared for, and are contributing back to their community.

“We came together from many different agencies and roles to find common language, goals, measures, and strategies - not just once but through years of commitment. Sitka has often had the appearance of an abundance of resources for families, but in reality those concurrent and even competing programs are confusing and often short-lived. Pathways has created a more effective way to do our work, together.”  

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Building and maintaining strong partner relationships is critical to moving the work forward.

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Pathways to a Safer Sitka is a community coalition, which is a group of individuals representing diverse organizations, interests, and governmental entities within a community who agree to work together to achieve a common goal.  The coalition is focused on a community approach to address shared risk and protective factors and spans multiple issues impacting Sitka (e.g., violence, substance abuse, mental health, suicide, school dropout, and cultural dislocation). Within Pathways’ goal areas (school climate, home environment, peer culture, and community climate), projects stretch across the socio-ecological model and focus on children, youth, young adults, parents, families, men, and social service providers in both in-school and afterschool settings, the home, and the wider community. 






Within each focal area, Pathways builds inter- and intra-organizational capacity for primary prevention by developing and updating policies and procedures that support communication and facilitate coordination and collaboration. The resulting partnerships enhance agencies’ ability to address these common risk and protective factors more consistently and comprehensively by aligning efforts and leveraging resources. This collective approach further expands existing strategies to other populations and across the social ecology to reinforce messaging. Finally, Pathways intentionally works to increase the cultural responsiveness and relevancy of all Pathways' strategies. When interlaced with the socio-ecological model, a more comprehensive system of work begins to emerge.

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These are a few of the shared risk and protective factors across the social ecology that Pathways is working to address.

Pathways to a Safer Sitka: A Cross-Community Collaboration to Build Protective Factors Across the Social Ecology

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Pathways brings together diverse agencies and organizations and is dedicated to building equitable, accessible, and culturally responsive services and systems to ensure individuals are connected, cared for, and contributing back to their community.

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The image above demonstrates how the structure of the coalition is coordinated with certain levels being responsible for varying tasks.  The backbone agency, SAFV, maintains strategic coherence, manages and coordinates the day-to-day operations and implementation of the work.  The steering committee provides guidance, vision, oversight, leadership, and the process.  The workgroups are focused on the strategies, implementation, and tracking and measuring of impact.  The steering committee meets annually, while the workgroups meet on a monthly basis.  There are various ways in which organizations or community members can be involved in the work to building a more equitable Sitka, such as  participating on the steering committee or in a workgroup, or coaching for one of the programs we offer, such as Girls on the Run. 

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