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Magnolia Community Initiative Orientation
Transcript of Magnolia Community Initiative Orientation
The Magnolia Community
Initiative (MCI) is an approach for improving population well-being at a community scale.
Children's Bureau provided high-quality programs and services; however, things weren't improving for so many children and families
Let's Go Back to
the Year 2000...
Concrete Support in Times of Need
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
Social and Emotional Competence of Children
Nurturing and Attachment
What's our theory of how we can achieve this shared vision?
Contact Lila Guirguis
Director, Magnolia Community Initiative
The Magnolia Network
How do we accomplish this?
Voluntary network of 70+ organizations
Partners work to align their own activities/resources
Focus on sustainable, scalable changes that fit with current practice
Establish relationships across four sectors:
Change is difficult; therefore, we must attend to the
What Does it
Mean to Be a Partner?
Adopt the shared vision
Be willing to change everyday practice
Identifying opportunities to link actions to other partners
Partners work to align their activities towards the mission and strategies of the Initiative. They focus on what it would take to change outcomes for all children in the catchment area, rather than just those families that they serve as clients.
"Local actions spring up simultaneously in many different areas, if disconnected nothing happens beyond small efforts yet when connected local efforts can emerge as a powerful system of influence.”
- Margaret Wheatley
Working as a Learning System
Magnolia Community Initiative Orientation
How Do I
Become a Partner?
Become involved in a workgroup/monthly meeting
Collect Parent Surveys
What did research
say showed long-term
positive outcomes for
children and families?
To improve population
outcomes for children and families, Children's Bureau couldn't do it alone
Key, long-term partners
were engaged in this
Public county departments are engaged in the planning process
Director is hired for
Grand Opening of
Partner Kickoff with
Magnolia Community Initiative is Born
Children's Bureau,LA County CEO, Casey Family Programs, & Atlas Foundation invest in its infrastructure & network development
Magnolia Network partners voluntarily join together in the development and support of a shared vision/Hope & Dream:
The 35,000 children and youth, especially the youngest ones, living in the neighborhoods within the 500 blocks of the Magnolia Catchment Area will break all records of success in their education, health, and the quality of nurturing care and economic stability they receive from their families and community.
Recognizes that families shape their child's development, health and learning, and that the largest population gains
can come from
strengthening protective factors for individuals, families, and neighborhoods
Commitment to Shared Values
Accept the challenge to improve the
lives of all of the children within the community
(getting to scale)
Acknowledge that while services may be necessary for everyone at various points in our lives, services themselves are not sufficient for achieving community-level change, no matter how well they are delivered
Be reflective and not repeat the things known not to have worked in the past
Honor the promising work happening in the community by supporting it and building on it, thus strengthening and amplifying everyone's efforts
Not plan for others, but focus the planning on those things that each has some control over
for the Network
Early on, partners agreed what was most important to change
Established common language about these changes
Created sector-specific terms and key concepts
Agreement and commitment to long and short-term outcomes
Increasing accountability for population outcomes with regular, interpretable data
Move the Dot
Community of Practice
An approach for improving population well-being
Creating a learning system to support collective actions
Magnolia Community Initiative
Communities in which everyone BELONGS