NURTURING COMMUNITIES TOOLKIT

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The Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services has partnered with Civic Dinners to host 100 dinners across Georgia, April through June, 2018.

 

Help us LAUNCH a conversation that matterS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
 

You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to the healthy development of all children. 

April through June of 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim of building a stronger social infrastructure among parents, families, and communities. The stories, ideas and feedback collected from these dinners will inform a statewide campaign led by the Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. 

 

WHAT IS A CIVIC DINNER?

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A Civic Dinner is a conversation over dinner, with a host, 6-10 guests, three big questions, with equal time to share and one voice at a time. The questions are provided to the host in advance and a follow-up email is automatically sent to all guests and hosts that help collect key insights from the dinner.


WHO ARE YOU?

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HOST A CIVIC DINNER

Become one of 100 hosts in Georgia between April - June, 2018. Gather 6-10 friends, peers, colleagues and neighbors for dinner to discuss Nurturing Communities.


YOUR ROLE AS A HOST

Civic Dinners makes organizing your dinner easy.

Simply go civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities, click "Host a Dinner" and add your specific dinner details to create a custom dinner page to send to your guests to register for your dinner. All information regarding the conversation is automatically set, including email reminders and follow-ups sent to all guests and you as the host. Here are some things to keep in mind. 

 

1) Plan your dinner

  • Choose a date starting in April. 
  • You can host either in a home or at a local restaurant, as long as it is a quiet space for 6-10 guests.
  • Decide on max capacity (best to keep to 6 if hosting at a restaurant).
  • Decide if you’d like it to be potluck or if you’d like to provide the food and ask people to pitch in.
  • Remember there is no responsibility for the host to cover the total cost of the dinner.
  • Everyone pays for their own meal or brings a dish if it is potluck, so there is no cost burden on the host.

 

2) Post your dinner

  • Go to civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities and click “Host a Dinner” to setup your dinner.
  • Follow the simple guide to select the date, time, location, max guests.
  • Dinners can be set to "open" where anyone can register or "host approval" where guests fill out more information about themselves and the host must approve guests before any confirmation is sent.
  • Upon completion you will have a branded dinner page with a unique URL you can share. 
  • You’ll also receive a confirmation email with a link to download the host guide.
  • The Host Guide includes all prompts and questions that guide the conversation so you can sit back, relax and listen.

 

3) Spread the word and manage your guests

  • Invite friends or guests and share via Facebook through your dinner page. 
  • Civic Dinners are designed to be inclusive, so hosts are encouraged to invite diverse voices to the table to enable a robust conversation.
  • Or leave it open on the platform and be open to people you may not know attending your dinner.
  • Track guests who have registered for your dinner through email or your dinner page. 
  • All communications and reminders are automatically set through CivicDinners.com.
  • View the marketing guide below with sample messaging and images to share.

 

4) Enjoy your dinner and tell us about it!

  • Simply follow the host guide sent via email or follow the host guide card in the host kit. 
  • Follow the Civic Dinner guidelines of one voice at a time, with equal time to share.
  • Make sure to take a photo of the dinner and capture any memorable quotes to share on social media.
  • Remember to post photos and share your experience on social media tagging @CivicDinners and #NurturingCommunities.
  • Encourage your guests to host their own Civic Dinner and keep the conversation going.
  • After the dinner, Civic Dinners will follow up with guests with a survey link to share their reflections, ideas and feedback.

 

Have questions or need help? Contact our user support team at support@civicdinners.com

Or fill out the form below for a personal follow-up from the Civic Dinners team. 


MARKETING YOUR CIVIC DINNER

YOU are amazing! Thank you for diving in and being 1 of 100 self organized Civic Dinner! We've created copy/paste messaging to help recruit attendees at your dinner.

COPY, PASTE + POST

 

EMAIL

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Use your unique dinner URL that you created on civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities
  • Copy/paste and send to friends and colleagues

 

Hey [best person ever],

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner on [insert date and time] at [awesome location of your Civic Dinner] and would love it if you could make it!

This isn't any regular dinner and we'll be joining 99 other Civic Dinners happening across Georgia as part of a series of conversations that the Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is helping organize. You can anticipate some good food and good company, and some really meaningful and important conversation around how we can create more nurturing communities. 

I think talking about these kinds of issues among family, friends, and colleagues will bring clarity and hopefully some solutions we can forward on to those ready to help.

You can learn more about my Civic Dinner and register at: [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

I hope you can make it and join in on what should be a great night!


FACEBOOK

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Edit with your unique URL from civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities
  • Like and [TAG @] us at @civicdinners
  • Include #NurturingCommunities
     

Post 1: Call for Dinner Guests

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner as part of 100 dinner conversations across Georgia! Join me [insert date and time] for a night of meaningful and important conversations around nurturing communities and the healthy development of all children.

Learn more about this cool collaboration with [TAG @CivicDinners] and [TAG @Prevention and Community Support - GA DFCS] and register at [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

#NurturingCommunities

 

Post 2: Call for Hosts

[TAG @Prevention and Community Support - GA DFCS] is looking for leaders across Georgia to host a Civic Dinner. You'll join a movement of 100 conversations happening around Georgia - starting in April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month with a focus on creating nurturing communities for all children.

Getting started is easy. Sign up, select a location (your house or quiet restaurant), invite your network, and download the step-by-step Host Guide that includes everything else you'll need.   

https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities #NurturingCommunities


TWITTER

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Use your unique URL from civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities
  • Tag and follow us at @GADFCSOPFS and @civicdinners 
  • Include #NurturingCommunities

 

Tweet 1: Join My Civic Dinner

I've joined @GADFCSOPFS and @civicdinners to host a Civic Dinner on [insert date]. Grab your seat at the table and let's break bread and help build more nurturing communities. Signup --> [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com] #NurturingCommunities

 

Tweet 2: Host a Civic Dinner

Rally your community around the dinner table, host your own Civic Dinner! @GADFCSOPFS and @civicdinners makes it easy: https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities #NurturingCommunities


INSTAGRAM

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • If you're using Civic Dinners, put your unique dinner page URL in bio
  • Follow and [TAG @] us at @pcs_ga_dfcs and @civicdinners
  • Include #NurturingCommunities
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Post 1: Join My Dinner

I've joined @pcs_ga_dfcs to host a Civic Dinner on Nurturing Communities on [Date]. Grab your seat at the table and let's break bread and help build more nurturing communities for all children. Link to signup in bio or leave a comment for more info! #NurturingCommunities


LINKEDIN

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Use your unique URL from civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities
  • Like and TAG us at @civicdinners
  • Include #NurturingCommunities

 

Post 1: Call for Dinner Guests

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner as part of 100 dinner conversations across Georgia starting in April! Join me [insert date and time] for a night of meaningful and important conversations around how we build more nurturing communities for all children.

Learn more about this cool collaboration with [TAG @CivicDInners] and sign-up at [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

#NurturingCommunities


SIGN-UP TO HOST

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JOIN ONE OF 100 CIVIC DINNERS

HAPPENING ACROSS GEORGIA — APRIL-JUNE, 2018

Join us at the table for a conversation exploring how we build more nurturing communities in Georgia.

Meet others who want to make a difference and find ways to get more involved in making Georgia stronger. You can join one of a dozen dinners already posted or request an invite and get matched with a host.

 

SPREAD THE WORD

HELP RECRUIT HOSTS ALL ACROSS GEORGIA

COPY, PASTE + SHARE


KEY PARTNERS

 

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

  • Website:  preventchildabusega.org
  • Twitter:  @PCAGeorgia
  • Facebook:  @preventgeorgia

 

Georgia Family Connection Partnership

  • Website: www.gafcp.org
  • Twitter: @gafcpNews
  • Facebook:  @Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Get Georgia Reading

 

Voices for Georgia’s Children

  • Website: georgiavoices.org/
  • Twitter: @GeorgiaVoices
  • Facebook: @Voices for Georgia's Children
 

EMAIL INVITE

Dear friends of [organization name],

You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to the healthy development of all children. 

April through June of 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim of building a stronger social infrastructure among parents, families, and communities. The stories, ideas and feedback collected from these dinners will inform a statewide campaign led by the Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. 

Hosting a dinner is fun and easy! Simply follow these steps:
 

1) Plan your dinner

  • Choose a date starting in April 
  • You can host either in a home or at a local restaurant, as long as it's a quiet space for 6-10 people
  • Decide if you’d like it to be potluck or if you’d like to provide the food and ask people to pitch in

2) Post your dinner

  • Go to civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities and click “Host a Dinner”
  • Follow the simple guide to select the date, time, location, max guests
  • Make your dinner “open” to anyone or “host approval” where you approve each guest
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to download the host guide

3) Spread the word and manage your guests

  • Invite friends or guests and share via Facebook through your unique URL dinner page 
  • Track guests who have registered for your dinner through email or your dinner page 
  • Use the marketing guide here for sample posts to recruit guests
  • All communications and reminders are automatically set through CivicDinners.com

4) Enjoy your dinner and tell us about it!

  • Follow the host guide sent via email or follow the host guide card in the host kit 
  • Remember to take a photo of the dinner and capture any memorable quotes to share on social media 
  • Encourage your guests to fill out the follow-up survey to help inform the statewide campaign

 

We are proud to partner with the Prevention and Community Support Section of the Division of Family and Children Services and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia for this important conversation and see it as a great way to engage our local partners, families and community leaders. 

We hope you join us at the table. 

Learn more and find all the helpful tools and resources here

 

Cheers!


NEWSLETTER

You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to the healthy development of all children. 

April through June of 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim of building a stronger social infrastructure among parents, families, and communities. The stories, ideas and feedback collected from these dinners will inform a statewide campaign led by the Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. 

Learn more and find all the helpful tools and resources about how to host and spread the word, here

We hope you join us at the table. 

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TWITTER

Important tags and handles:

  • #Nurturing Communities
  • @CivicDinners 
  • @GADFCSOPFS  (Georgia DFCS – Prevention and Community Support)

 

Tweet 1:  Be Our Guest

BE OUR GUEST! Join us at the table for a @civicdinners conversation around #nurturingcommunities in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities

 

Tweet 2:  Host a Dinner

Want to host a conversation that matters? We’re looking for 100 brave hosts to lead a @civicdinners conversation around #nurturingcommunities in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more >> https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities


FACEBOOK

Important tags and handles:

  • #Nurturing Communities
  • @CivicDinners
  • @Prevention and Community Support GA DFCS

 

Post 1: Be Our Guest

BE OUR GUEST! Join us at the table for a @civicdinners conversation around #nurturingcommunities in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities

 

Post 2: Host a Dinner

Want to host a conversation that matters? We’re looking for 100 brave hosts to lead a @civicdinners conversation around #nurturingcommunities in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more >> https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT:
Walter Jones                                                                                                                                    Walter.Jones@dhs.ga.gov
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Join Us at the Table: 
Community Leaders Slated to Host
Civic Dinners in Support of Child Abuse Prevention

 

(YOURTOWN) – This April, community leaders, individuals and groups dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect, will begin to host a series of civic dinners throughout the state of Georgia. The primary goal of these gatherings is to explore how safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to the healthy development of all children.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), in partnership with Civic Dinners, hopes to see 100 dinners across Georgia with over 1,000 voices at the table between April and June 2018. Those interested should search and participate in dinners happening in nearby neighborhoods by visiting https://www.civicdinners.com/nurturingcommunities and clicking on “attend a dinner.” If none are scheduled in close proximity, there is also a link available on the site to register to become a host.

The concept is a simple one which includes the host inviting six to 10 guests, posing three questions to attendees and allowing each guest an equal amount of time to share their thoughts without interruption.

“Georgia’s new narrative – our journey toward a State of Hope – focuses on engaging external partners who play a key role in shaping the future for children and families,” said Virginia Pryor, Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. “A State of Hope is an inclusive network that provides opportunities for supporters to create a better quality of life for Georgians by leveraging the collective wisdom of communities. These civic dinners will bring local thought leaders together in a unique way to engage around some of our most paramount issues.”

The organizers are encouraging all who are passionate about the issue of child abuse prevention to “start a conversation that matters,” said Deborah Chosewood, Deputy Section Director of the DFCS Prevention and Community Support Section.  Additionally, partner agencies have adopted the civic dinner model with the overall intention of bringing together parents, families and communities to create a shared vision and action plan around child abuse prevention. 

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About Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
PCA Georgia is a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. The organization provides statewide direction to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy children, and develop strong families through its prevention network, public awareness, prevention programs, and advocacy. PCA Georgia is supported in part by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).”

To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities in your community, visit http://www.preventchildabusega.org.

About Georgia Division of Family and Children ServicesThe Georgia Division of Family and Children Services investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid and TANF assistance to low-income families; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.  

About Civic Dinners
Civic Dinners is a civic engagement platform that helps bring diverse voices to the table for conversations that matter. The civic tech company helps design and launch community conversations through a digital platform, conversation design process and award-winning community engagement strategies, making it easy for anyone to host and anyone to attend. The aim of Civic Dinners is to help make significant issues more personal, relevant and actionable for everyday people.

 


 

Thanks so much for your interest in joining us at the table for a conversation that matters. 

 

SPONSORED BY:

 
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Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Prevention and Community Support Section

Safe Children. Strengthened Families. Stronger Georgia.

 

SUPPORTED BY:

 
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