“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”
It’s the chorus most adults these days can recite by heart. Thanks to community partnerships involved in UNCG’s Healthy Relationships Initiative, on Oct. 18, a national affiliate of the beloved children’s television classic will make two stops in Greensboro to introduce new resources that leverage the power of the muppets to help children facing difficult issues in their lives.
The partnership with Sesame Street in Communities is just one of many being fostered by the UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, ranked No. 4 nationally by U.S. News & World Report..
The Healthy Relationships Initiative, housed within UNCG and in partnership with the Phillips Foundation, was launched in February 2017. HRI is a community-wide effort promoting happy, healthy and safe relationships to improve quality of life across Guilford County.
The initiative offers a range of relationship-enrichment and family-wellness educational programs, face-to-face workshops and online learning. One of the main goals of HRI is to equip local nonprofit and community organizations to empower their clients with skills and information to promote healthy relationships.
The partnerships that underlie HRI reflect UNCG’s commitment to community engagement. A sampling of HRI’s recent activities shows the diverse network of community partners involved in the initiative. In September alone, HRI hosted a workshop for single moms at the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro; co-developed a social media outreach series and community education event with Fellowship Hall, a local residential addiction treatment facility on the impact of addictions on families; and launched its #FindHelpFridays series to help local residents learn more about community resources, such as the Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality and Guilford County Schools Exceptional Children Division.
This month, Sesame Street in Communities will expand HRI’s partnerships even further. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, HRI is partnering with the Guilford County Family Justice Center and Guilford County’s Ready for School, Ready for Life for a professional training on the new Sesame Street in Communities Child Trauma Digital Toolkit. Another event will be held at the Greensboro Public Library to help local parents and caregivers learn how they can use all of the Sesame Street in Communities resources to foster their children’s health, school readiness and social and emotional development.
“The partnerships we have through HRI are key to embedding the outreach and programming of the initiative within the community,” said Dr. Christine Murray, associate professor of counseling and educational development. “Our goal is to work with existing partnerships and build new ones so that healthy relationships information and resources can be infused throughout the Guilford County community. We want to help make these resources as accessible as possible.”
To learn more about HRI and its upcoming events, connect with HRI at https://www.facebook.com/guilfordHRI/.
Want to attend one of HRI’s Sesame Street in Communities events?
- Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m., Greensboro Public Library: Sesame Street in Communities (a national initiative) will introduce parents to their resources at sesamestreetincommunities.org. For parents of kids ages 0-5 years.
- Oct. 18, 1-2 p.m., Family Justice Center: The Sesame Street in Communities team will focus on training professionals working with FJC partners on the new Sesame toolkit on trauma for children, released in October. Advance registration is required.
By Elizabeth L. Harrison