What is The Georgetown Project?
The Georgetown Project is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that is devoted to building a healthier community for all children and youth by mobilizing our community to action in a comprehensive and coordinated way.
It was founded in 1997 by a partnership including the business, government, education, health, and religious communities. Rather than focusing on a single issue or problem, our organization takes an innovative approach to building a stronger community.
It is the result of 18 months of planning by a steering committee representing twelve community agencies including Georgetown ISD, Southwestern University, Williamson County, the City of Georgetown, the University of Texas School of Social Work, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, private healthcare providers, and local businesses.
The Georgetown Project gathers and monitors data on the health and well being of children and youth, identifies gaps, and through collaboration with existing agencies and organizations, works to develop new services and programs for children, youth, and families.
- We value children and youth, believing that when individuals know they are loved, respected, and treated with dignity, they flourish.
- We value the community, believing that every contact a child and youth has with an adult shapes his or her beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors.
- We value the sanctity of the family, believing that each family unit shapes the future of our children and youth.
- We value the individual who is willing to intervene; believing that one person's concern and leadership makes a difference in the life of another.
- We value a safe environment, believing that an individual's potential flourishes when he or she feels physically, emotionally, socially, economically, and spiritually safe and secure.
- We value the spiritual life of each individual, believing that a relationship with God, as each understands God, brings meaning and unity to our community.
- Establish linkages that ensure collaboration with existing agencies and organizations to identify gaps and develop solutions to health and social service issues affecting children, youth, and families.
- Gather and monitor information that can be utilized to address community issues.
- Utilize a planning process that offers an opportunity for inclusive community participation and community consensus building around a common vision.
- Encourage opportunities for youth voices to be heard in the community.
- Apply the Developmental Asset model as a framework and philosophy.
There has been a great deal of national media attention focused on the state of children and youth in the United States. Whether it is school shootings or the effects of bullying, mental health and substance abuse issues among teens, research on the importance of brain development in infants, or the lack of affordable quality childcare, we are confronted daily with issues that affect our youngest citizens. Communities everywhere are looking for answers.
There are no quick fixes and the urgency of these issues demand a combination of shared vision, passionate leaders, and sustained action.
A guiding principle of The Georgetown Project is the belief that Georgetown is a community that has the will and the ability to mobilize local assets to work together to provide solutions which create a healthier environment for our children and youth.