Covid-19 Update: With the spread of Covid-19, The Blue Ribbon Project is following guidance from our local and state government and will be postponing all Volunteer events until further notice. Mirah's Closet and other portions of The Blue Ribbon Project are OPEN by appointment.
In order to prepare for Trauma & Resilience- What’s your Role, please review the following materials and video clips shown below prior to the training. This will allow us to jump right into a discussion with a shared understanding of some of the basics we will be discussing. The following steps are in order as needed.
1. First, please complete this ACES questionnaire (prior to watching the videos below). This is not something you have to turn in to us and your answers will remain private, other than what you wish to share during the program.
2. Watch this ACES Ted Talk video
3. Complete this resilience questionnaire after watching the ACES Ted Talk Video. Again, this is not something you have to turn in to us and your answers will remain private, other than what you wish to share during the program.
This second video is "Love is Never Wasted" (the third in a series of videos entitled “Removed”). Please jot down some notes while watching the video regarding the following questions so we can discuss your observations together as a group.
Children are forced to face things every day that are hard to imagine; the death of a loved one, incarceration of a caregiver, living with an addicted parent, enduring incest or sexual abuse by the hands of a family member, and the list can go on and on. Research on Aversive Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) have brought the concepts of trauma and resiliency into the forefront. The general idea of the research is the higher the number of ACE’s a child had, the more at risk they are.
When children are removed from their home or other unsafe environment and placed into Foster Care, they lose everything that is familiar to them. They often come into care without any personal items. In 2015, The Blue Ribbon Project launched its Backpacks of Love Program to provide emergency essentials to children the moment they enter the foster care system. Our Backpacks of Love contain essential necessities for kids of all ages who are entering the system. Each backpack is designed to be gender and age specific. These backpacks include such things as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, children's soap/body wash, children's shampoo, changes of clothing for the child's age, personal clothing (underwear, socks, pajamas), and age appropriate books and toys.
We are frequently asked what items we are in need of. Below is a list of individual items that are needed to complete some Backpacks of Love we have on hand. Further down the page, you will find a list of Backpacks of Love that are needed to keep us stocked.
For those that prefer to conveniently shop on-line and have items shipped directly to The Blue Ribbon Project, please consider purchasing off our Amazon Backpacks of Love Wish List
More and more of our donations have been backpacks that are fully stocked and ready to go. One of the top questions we receive is "What age groups are you in most need of?" To address this, we've created a chart that shows, more or less, an inventory of what's needed to be fully stocked. Even if we are "fully stocked" on a particular age and gender, we'll still accept them as they will eventually be needed when the time comes. This chart covers backpacks needed to serve several counties and does not include very recent donations at haven't been checked. As more counties and communities come on board, these numbers will fluctuate. Please check back regularly for updates. This chart is designed more for individuals who would like to build own backpacks and donate the entire backpack.
|Age/Gender||# of Backpacks Needed|
|Boys 0-6 Months Old||5|
|Girls 0-6 Months Old||5|
|Boys 6-12 Months Old||3|
|Girls 6-12 Months Old||8|
|Boys 12-18 Months Old||4|
|Girls 12-18 Months Old||3|
|Boys 18-24 Months Old||5|
|Girls 18-24 Months Old||5|
|Boys 2-3 Years Old
|Girls 2-3 Years Old
|Boys 3-4 Years Old||5|
|Girls 3-4 Years Old||4|
|Boys 4-5 Years Old||4|
|Girls 4-5 Years Old||6|
|Boys 5-6 Years Old||5|
|Girls 5-6 Years Old||5|
|Boys 6-7 Years Old||5|
|Girls 6-7 Years Old||6|
|Boys 7-8 Years Old||7|
|Girls 7-8 Years Old||6|
|Boys 8-9 Years Old||5|
|Girls 8-9 Years Old||4|
|Boys 9-10 Years Old||5
|Girls 9-10 Years Old||FULLY STOCKED|
|Boys 10-11 Years Old||FULLY STOCKED|
|Girls 10-11 Years Old||FULLY STOCKED|
|Boys 11-12 Years Old||FULLY STOCKED|
|Girls 11-12 Years Old||4|
|Boys 12-13 Years Old||3|
|Girls 12-13 Years Old||5|
|Boys 13-14 Years Old||3|
|Girls 13-14 Years Old||4|
|Boys 14-15 Years Old||5|
|Girls 14-15 Years Old||3|
|Boys 15-17 Years Old||7|
|Girls 15-17 Years Old||10|
A core belief of The Blue Ribbon Project is that all foster youth should be given a chance to succeed in life. Upon speaking with foster youth directly, a major concern that is expressed is the ability to find employment. Additionally, research shows that young people in foster care are far more likely to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised health, unemployment and incarceration after they leave the foster care system.
If you were to think back on your most memorable childhood moments, what would they be? Swimming with friends? Riding a bicycle? Scoring the winning goal in a soccer came? Now, put yourself in the shoes of an abused child and imagine what his or her most memorable moments would be. Frightening, isn't it?