|Dear Foundation Friends,
Okay, this has been an intense week. Congratulations on getting your vote in. More of us showed up to cast a vote than ever before, and we did it in a year when it took extra effort.
Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, half of the U.S. stands with you. In some ways that is encouraging and in others, it looks like we have our work cut out for us as a community.
From conversations that I’ve had over the past few months, I know one thing with assurance. We have a deep desire for communal wholeness. We want to share our stories, wisdom, our culture and joy with each other. We want to take care of each other and this amazing place where we live.
This is our starting place. Together we can imagine the future for our community that we want to build.
The Response Fund gave a grant this week to a project that looks like the future we want for our youth. Teton Youth and Family Services has partnered with Teton Literacy Center and Jackson Hole Middle School to pilot a program for middle school students and their families who, for a variety of reasons, are struggling with the current model of self-directed learning. The partnership will focus on areas where students are struggling – a structure for study, tutoring in specific subjects, social-emotional skill building – so students can progress and learn new tools and skills to function better at home and with peers. Parents in the pilot program will also receive personalized support to help them navigate at-home learning. We are eager to hear the results of this pilot project.
I wonder if you are tired this week, even feeling a bit fragile right now. I know that I am. But I am hopeful for our community. This valley’s pioneering spirit lives in each of us. Our primary job right now is to keep each other safe and healthy. Every time we wash our hands and mask up to care for each other, it is an act of community.
Wishing you good health,
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole