Today, April 19, 2016, The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) celebrates our 133rd Anniversary. We pay tribute to the advocacy of Charles N. Crittenton opening Florence Night Mission, the first Crittenton home in 1883, as the beginning of the Crittenton social welfare movement dedicated to the needs and potential of the most marginalized girls, young women and women in communities across the country.
The relentless work he and co-founder Dr. Kate Waller Barrett dedicated themselves to, raised awareness and put in place a family of agencies providing services and support. Today, we recognize Mr. Crittenton and Dr. Barrett for laying the ground work that lead to The National Crittenton Foundation’s current mission
to advance the self empowerment, health, economic security and civic engagement of girls and young women impacted by violence, childhood adversity and the resulting trauma.
Although much has changed during the past century, two things have not: the silent epidemic of violence against girls, young women and women in the United States; and the urgency of addressing the needs of girls and young women impacted by violence, childhood adversity and supporting their healing from trauma so they can thrive. The National Crittenton Foundation and the Crittenton family of agencies’ takes seriously our role as stewards for change, working hand-in-hand with young women as leaders and partners. Together, we continue our forward trajectory to defy violence and adversity, eradicate oppression, maximize collective impact, support multiple generations, and build social capital.
2016 also marks TNCF’s 10th year in our process of reinvention. During the last ten years, TNCF has:
- Elevated the needs and potential of girls and young women by providing countless opportunities for young women and women to share their expertise with policy and decision makers;
- Worked in partnership with the Crittenton family of agencies to strengthen and rebuild the Crittenton family;
- Conducted two administrations of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research in Crittenton agencies in 18 states; and
- TNCF has become a force for policy change in our nations capital.
A few highlights from the last year:
- Released our ACE Toolkit for Providers;
- Developed the BOLD Society App (the brain child of women formerly involved with Crittenton agencies), fostering positive relationships virtually across generations and geography;
- Released the Gender Injustice Report in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center;
- Hosted Capitol Hill briefing, sharing our findings from Beyond ACE, our 2nd ACE pilot implementation with three well-being domains included (stress, coping and connection), and policy recommendations based on our findings;
- Presented Beyond ACE data at a convening on “Girls of Color and Intervening Public Systems: Interrupting the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline and Data Driven Justice,” sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Domestic Policy Council, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Finally, we celebrate this anniversary by recognizing that for the first time since Mr. Crittenton and Dr. Barrett served on the Board of Trustees together, more than a century ago, TNCF has Trustees that are descendants of both founding families. We honor the past as we look to the future, redoubling our commitment to work with girls, young women and the Crittenton family of agencies as catalysts for change.