Dr. Jeffrey Linkenbach addressing the State of the Child audience.
There was so much happening on the Outer Banks this weekend that we don’t know if we’ll be able to cover everything, but that won’t stop us from trying. There was a kids art festival–Artrageous, a four day Bluegrass Festival and the State of the Child Conferecne.
We’ll start with an event on Friday that’s something that is very locally oriented, but it speaks volumes about the quality of life and priorities of the Outer Banks community.
The fifth State of the Child Conference was held at the Ramada on Friday. Sponsored by Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, the conference is held about every six years and takes a hard look at what the local needs are for our kids.
This one was a little be different than the others. In the past, what was examined was what are the things that we are doing wrong and how can they be corrected. The 2014 State of the Child Conference focused on the ;Positive Community Norms”, and the consensus was feeling of energy and hope after emerging from the daylong affair.
The presenter was Dr. Jeffrey Linkenbach from the Montana Institute. The institute works to identify the positive in communities and how to build on that.
Although the day focussed on the positive in the Outer Banks community, there were full discussions about on the issues confronting us and how to use the knowledge of what is positive in our community to effect change.
A very worthwhile day.