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.
“Through renewing and refocusing our efforts to serve our nation’s most vulnerable and most distressed children, we can transform the country we love for the better – one child at a time.” Eric Holder U.S. Attorney General
What do Safer Tomorrows look like and how are we getting there
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.
Our Safer Tomorrows team in Grand Forks County team has spent months developing programs and just as long developing the right vision and direction for our purpose. The quote at the right from U.S. Attorney General Holder serves as a guidepost for the Defending Childhood Initiative and as our Safer Tomorrows inspiration. From there, our Governance Team, stakeholders and partners have worked to set our course. . . the vision you see at the top of this page.
Below are the protective factors that shape our vision. When we reach for them, together, we will achieve our Safer Tomorrow. What these mean to us and the methods we are using to get to our Safer Tomorrow are listed here.
TOGETHER WE WILL BUILD A SAFER TOMORROW FOR OUR CHILDREN
TOGETHER: All of us have a role. Each of us has a role.
WE: Grand Forks County Residents. Safer Tomorrows is a Grand Forks County-wide effort supported by the Department of Justice Defending Childhood Initiative. Parents, teachers, service providers and general citizens alike make up the “WE”.
WILL: As opposed to “can”, “will” shows we are determined in our mission and, furthermore, firmly believe it is possible.
BUILD: Build implies action and this effort is about action!
It also suggests construction and we know real transformation will come only when our very foundation – our social norms – support Safer Tomorrows.
A SAFER TOMORROW: Our Safer Tomorrow is where all children feel safe, healthy relationships are valued and expected, and an environment of respect is actively promoted.
FOR OUR CHILDREN: Need we say more?