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Strategies for Success in Rural Communities How To Break Down The Barriers Sue Chvilicek, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Livingston, Montana

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1 Strategies for Success in Rural Communities How To Break Down The Barriers Sue Chvilicek, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Livingston, Montana schvilicek@mt.gov

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3 Livingston, Montana

4 Big Timber, Montana

5 We did it! Brought an Exemplary rated prevention program (OJJDP) to our rural community. Parenting With Love & Limits (PLL) It took us a year to get it up and running. 31 families have participated in the past year. Ashley Parsons, 14, hugs her mom Amanda Gilliam-Parsons as siblings Tiffany and Joey applaud during a Parenting with Love and Limits meeting in Livingston Tuesday night. The program coaches families who have youth with emotional or behavioral problems. August 29, 2009 Erik Peterson Bozeman Daily Chronicle

6 Please indulge me, I must brag! Annual Placement Budgets convert to Prevention Incentive Funds 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 PLL is the only Best Practices/Evidence Based program funded through Juvenile Probation PIF dollars currently operated in Montana. Other Best Practices programs have been funded with PIF dollars in the past but they have ended. It is difficult to maintain program fidelity in such a rural setting.

7 Your program in a small town… Your program…

8 whatworks.uwex.edu/attachment/whatworks_04.pdf Acceptable adaptations: Changing language – Translating and/or modifying vocabulary Replacing images to show youth and families that look like the target audience Replacing cultural references Modifying some aspects of activities such as physical contact Adding relevant, evidence-based content to make the program more appealing to participants Risky or unacceptable adaptations: Reducing the number or length of sessions Reducing how long participants are involved Lowering the level of participant engagement Eliminating key messages or skills learned Removing topics Changing the theoretical approach Using staff or volunteers who are not adequately trained or qualified Using fewer staff members than recommended

9 Lets talk about your Program Fidelity

10 Short, Sweet & To The Point (this is your chance to brag) What makes your program relevant to people? Why are you passionate about what you do? (because its probably not the $...) Its not bragging if you can back it up ~ Muhammad Ali

11 A Story From Big Timber Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor Assault - Misdemeanor Runaway Criminal Mischief - Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest - Misdemeanor Obstructing A Peace Officer - Misdemeanor Ungovernable Juvenile Criminal Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia - Misdemeanor Partner Or Family Member Assault - Misdemeanor

12 Tell me more (keep bragging…) If you dont tell people about your success, they probably wont know about it. ~ Donald Trump What are you proud of? What does your program do really well? What makes us special? Success stories!

13 Your Programs Barriers Yes… your program probably has some barriers! Are they things you cant change?

14 Enough about you. Lets talk about… THEM! www.stephenlehmer.com

15 You know youre from Montana when… Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor. You think that washing your pickup is a waste of time and money. You measure distance in minutes... not miles. You've ridden the school bus for an hour each way. You think everyone from a bigger city is stuck up. You think that the opening of elk season should be a national holiday. Driver's Ed was a joke because everyone has been driving since age 10. The rodeo is the social event of the year. The majority of your classmates are your relatives. You carry jumper cables in your car. Your school was canceled because of cold, but only when it was 40 below. You know how many cords of wood it will take to get through the winter. You know what "Cow Tipping" is. You order a pop instead of a soda. You understand that it is simply not proper to put ketchup or steak sauce on a good steak.

16 What does this joke really tell us about rural communities? Reveals culture, economic profile, language & even peoples resourcefulness

17 A closer look Culture People from big cities are stuck up Elk season is national holiday Driving since age 10 Rodeo is social event of the year Classmates are your relatives

18 Resourcefulness Jumper cables in your car School cancelled when its 40 below How much fire wood for the winter A closer look

19 Economy Traffic jam is 10 cars behind a tractor Washing your truck is waste of $$ A closer look

20 Language Snipe Hunting Pop instead of soda

21 Other You measure distance in minutes School bus ride of an hour A closer look

22 Culture People from big cities are stuck up Elk season is national holiday Driving since age 10 Rodeo is social event of the year Classmates are your relatives Resourcefulness Jumper cables in your car School cancelled when its 40 below How much fire wood for the winter Economy Traffic jam is 10 cars behind a tractor Washing your truck is waste of $$ Language Snipe Hunting Cow Tipping Pop instead of soda Other You measure distance in minutes School bus ride of an hour Remember: A good steak doesnt need a thing!

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24 Lets talk about Partnerships… Can help remove barriers Can help legitimize your program Can help with making referrals Builds trust!

25 When should partnerships be formed? Program development/planning stage At launch of program in the community Any time a barrier exists to your program Its never too soon or too late!

26 How can you form relationships? Practical strategies Roadmap to success Lots of discussion

27 Tip #1: Get Out There! Be in the community as much as possible. Be visible. Community Service Attend community events outside of work hours. Sponsor community events Photo by Darryl Patrick

28 Mental Health Awareness Day at Livingston Farmers Market Photos by Jim Hajny

29 Discussion on Getting Out There… Photo by Darryl Patrick A good elevator speech A good spontaneous 5 minute lets-talk-about-me brag-fest for meetings

30 Tip #2: Have a Launch Lunch! Invite key stakeholders to a presentation over lunch. Give participants time to talk about what they see or need. Bring a success story.

31 Tip #3: Meetings Meetings Meetings Elks, Rotary, Church groups, other volunteer organizations. Give a brief overview of your program then allow people time to talk. Emphasize the stories, not the stats Photo by Darryl Patrick

32 Tip #4: The Town Gossip Use them to your advantage Approach them as you would an expert and ask for their insight. Photo by Darryl Patrick

33 Tip #5: Home Base Having an office in the community is essential. This is where partnerships can pay off! Photo by Darryl Patrick

34 A few things to remember… Connect with the right people within the organization. Let participants speak for you whenever possible. Look at everyone as a potential partner or referral source. Photo by Darryl Patrick

35 The BIG problems Time to brainstorm. T r a n s p o r t a t i o n S c h e d u l i n g The isms

36 slog.thestranger.com/2008/10/roadside_attractions

37 Photo by Darryl Patrick

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