The New Generations Project
Thank you for your interest in Southcentral Foundation’s New Generations Project, previously known as Indigenous Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). The purpose of The New Generations Project is to promote the wellness of young Alaska Native and American Indian children, from birth to 8 years old, by supporting the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of development. The long-term goal of New Generations is to ensure all children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed.
New Generations is funded by a five-year federal grant provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is currently in its second year. During the first year, SCF completed a community assessment which assisted in the creation of our strategic plan for the following years of the grant.
To increase understanding of the goal, SCF renamed the project The New Generations Project after the first year to support the aim: Alaska Native families will increase their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness by optimizing the effectiveness of services that support families in the preparation for and care of new generations. The aim will be accomplished by inventorying current work, learning from internal and external best practices, engaging SCF and community stakeholders, and creating a coordinated, system approach to be deployed by December 2023.
The New Generations Project also seeks to improve coordination across child-serving systems, building infrastructure, and increasing access to high-quality prevention and wellness promotion services for children and their families. To this end, we have established working relationships with many programs and services available in the Anchorage area.
SCF’s Family Wellness Warriors Initiative in collaboration with New Generations project is excited to provide families with an activity book that includes many fun projects that can be done at home.
If you and your family would like the booklet dropped off along with some crafting supplies please contact NewGenerations@southcentralfoundation.com.
- Delivery will be available while supplies last.
Virtual Snuggle Time
Wednesdays, noon – 1 p.m.
Zoom Meeting: bit.ly/scfsnuggletimeak
Virtual Snuggle Time is a peer support group for parents with infants. Learn about your baby’s growth and development, receive breastfeeding support, and connect and share stories with other parents, as you share in the joys and challenges of parenting. An infant feeding specialist and a behavioral health consultant will be there to facilitate and assist you.
Email NewGenerations@southcentralfoundation.com for questions or issues connecting to Virtual Snuggle Time.
Are you interested in becoming involved?
Become a Young Child Wellness Advisory Group Member
SCF’s New Generations Project is looking for parents with children ages birth to 8 years old who are interested in supporting this project. The Young Child Wellness Advisory Group will meet quarterly to help guide and expand this project. Significant parent participation will help ensure the project has direction and considers the parent(s) perspective and culture. The YCWAG will include representatives from the project, community partners, and other parents. If you are interested in serving on our parent advisory group, please contact the project director using information on the right side of the page.
Project LAUNCH’s Objectives
- Increase access to screenings, assessments, and referrals for services available to young children and families.
- Expand use of culturally relevant, evidence-based prevention, and wellness promotion practices in a range of child-serving settings.
- Increase integration of behavioral health into primary care settings.
- Improve coordination and collaboration across disciplines at the local, state, territorial, Tribal, and federal levels.
- Increase workforce knowledge of children’s social and emotional development and skills to respond to behavioral health challenges of young children and families.
Project LAUNCH’s Five Prevention and Promotion Strategies
- Screening and assessment in a range of child-serving settings
- Integrate behavioral health into primary care
- Promote mental health education and consultation in early care
- Enhance home visiting with a focus on social and emotional well-being
- Family strengthening and parent skills training
Project LAUNCH is guided by a unique, federal-level partnership among the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.