Every day, we hear stories of resilient families that have bounced back from great challenges.

Stories of hope…and stories of struggle. Through these stories we are gathering nuggets of wisdom about the ways in which things could, and should, be going better…to make OUR TOMORROWS brighter.

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ABOUT THE OUR TOMORROWS PROJECT

Parents, children, aunts, uncles, partners – all of us have families, and all of us have something important to share about our lives and interactions. We know there’s much to be learned from all kinds of stories, with all kinds of outcomes. We’re hopeful that the stories we collect will be used to shape policy and programming decisions in your community and across the country. Through OUR TOMORROWS, you get the opportunity to share and reflect, and we get to hear your unique perspective. Using a story-based research tool called SenseMaker, we will examine the patterns and stories in-depth, allowing us to gain new understanding about what families need to thrive. Your contribution to the story collection will make a difference.

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Community Action Lab Update #2

Actionables are showing phenomenal progress! In this second video of the Community Action Lab Update series, you'll discover what unexpected lessons and skills our partners are learning across 46 Actionables, how youth are engaging in these initiatives and...

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Community Action Lab Update #1

Our Tomorrows partners are currently implementing 46 Actionables statewide. In just two months, these locally-driven initiatives have made a big splash in their communities and are showing signs of growing momentum, engagement, and positive change. Watch the video below for an exciting update on Community Action Lab progress, what our partners have learned so far, and ways to get involved. Each of us can make a difference for Kansas families!

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A Transformative Era: 2019 Video Reflection

2019 marked the start of a transformative era for early childhood in Kansas. The Our Tomorrows Project is proud to have assisted in the Early Childhood Systems Building Effort through the collection of over 2600 stories from every county in Kansas, 14 Community...

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SAVVY Dashboard Orientation Webinar

The Our Tomorrows SAVVY Dashboard can help stakeholders analyze Our Tomorrows patterns, data, and stories in a user-friendly way. View the webinar demonstration to learn more.

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Support: Tablet Touchscreen Fix 2.0

The past week we have heard from a few of our Citizen Journalists that the Microsoft Surface Go tablets are acting up again and not letting people drag and drop the bubbles on the triads. Last time, we recommended to download an older version of Firefox. We have...

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Our Tomorrows Sensemaking Workshops

In July and August, the Our Tomorrows Project is hosting Community Sensemaking Workshops across the state to discuss the themes that have emerged from experiences of Kansans that were collected with SenseMaker. Sensemaking workshops are a pre-requisite for regional...

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Our Tomorrows Support: Tablet Touchscreen Fix

Dear Our Tomorrows Partners, Our team has made a push to ensure that all of our organizational partners, community champions, and citizen journalists have the resources they need to collect stories. We have recently become aware of a technical problem with the...

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Counting Stories

The Our Tomorrows project operates from three guiding principles: right intention, reciprocity, and inclusion. I'll write a full blog post about this in the upcoming weeks. For now, let’s focus on reciprocity. Reciprocity means that the effort partners have made to...

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Welcome to the Our Tomorrows Blog!

It’s Friday, April 26 and the Our Tomorrows project has collected 750 stories about times when families were thriving or just surviving. When the Center for Public Partnerships and Research started this project a year ago, we set a lofty goal of hearing 1000...

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Join us for a Community Sensemaking Workshop

In July and August, Our Tomorrows and local partner organizations will be hosting Community Sensemaking Workshops across the state. In these workshops, participants will hear the stories shared as part of the Our Tomorrows story-collection effort, and discuss emerging themes based on the lived experiences of Kansans from their region.

Discussion will include a detailed review of patterns in local stories and active dialogue around which patterns we want to change and which ones we want to amplify. Identifying these patterns is a first step in the Community Action Lab process which is an opportunity to propose small, safe-to-fail actionables in your community – a great way to live out the Governor’s vision that we are all early childhood stakeholders! Our Tomorrows organizational partners and other stakeholders will utilize the rich dialogue and findings from these workshops to support decision-making that ensures every Kansas child has the best start in life.

Join us to better understand the stories of Kansans in your region. RSVP below to a workshop in your community. Refreshments will be provided!

Please contact the Our Tomorrows team at ourtomorrows@ku.edu if you have any questions.

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