The primary reasons for soliciting or accepting proposed partnerships are to:
- Broaden the reach of Growing Up Boulder through both the dissemination and exchange of information and through exposure to and input from diverse populations.
- Enhance and extend the Growing Up Boulder mission, our impacts, influence and develop a positive public image.
- Develop or strengthen relationships with and among organizations that have parallel or complementary missions.
- Share intellectual and social capital.
- Leverage the limited staff and resources of Growing Up Boulder and of partners with parallel or complementary missions.
Potential partnerships will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- Credibility. Growing Up Boulder will seek out partners that have demonstrated credibility such that an association with the organization will enhance Growing Up Boulder ‘s credibility.
- Mutual Benefit. Any partnership agreement must be beneficial to both Growing Up Boulder and the partner organization.
- Compatible Motivation. Growing Up Boulder will seek out partners with compatible goals. Growing Up Boulder ‘s goals are:
● Ensuring that children and teens have a voice and are decision makers
in their community and in Boulder
● Strengthening people and places that make children and teens feel
recognized and valued in Boulder; and
● Supporting the healthy development of children and teens in Boulder
- Support of Guiding Principles and Commitment to Youth Engagement. Partners should support the guiding principles of the Growing Up Boulder and be committed to child/ youth engagement.
- Sustainability. Becoming the # 1 Child/Youth Friendly City is a long term vision that will take sustained commitment to achieve. Growing Up Boulder seeks partners that are committed to this vision, and have the capacity to engage in a sustainable collaboration.
- Productive Outcome. Potential partnerships should offer the opportunity for productive outcomes including, but not limited to: ability to leverage or extend social or informational networks, ability to engage and produce positive impacts throughout the city, and ability to disseminate work products to a broad audience.
September 6, 2009