2017 Cairn Guidance Team Retreat

 3 mile hike up Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, CA

3 mile hike up Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, CA

We celebrated, relaxed, worked, brainstormed, set goals, updated our strategic plan, laughed and enjoyed 3 days in Palm Springs, CA! In order for Samantha, Liz and I to continue the work we do supporting schools in the US to be healthy, safe environments so kids can thrive, we have to be strategic, work hard, align our work to our mission and create balance in our own lives- both personally and professionally. 

We spent 3 warm, sunny days in Palm Springs CA working on setting updated goals and establishing timelines around these three key buckets of our Strategic Plan:

Building a Team Culture of Wellness & Balance
This component of our strategic plan dives deep into how we retain our staff, offering competitive salaries/earnings, offering benefits such as professional development, travel and growth opportunities. Finally, we each set personal wellness goals for the year and check in on these regularly- a component of our employee wellness strategy. We also commit to doing at least two health related activities as a team annually. 

Positioning for Growth & Sustainability
This bucket focuses on the health the business, ensuring we grow with intention, we sustain our staff and clients in order to move the needle in school health. We define what growth is (not always revenue) and determine what support we continue to need to stay a fiscally healthy business. 

Equipping Educators to ISH (Institutionalize School Health) 
Finally, this section of our plan is focused on the products, services and training events we offer. The actual work we do for clients, the products we develop and offer and partnerships we develop that are strategic yet genuine. 

Our team wishes you a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and we hope we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you in 2018! Enjoy a few photos from our time together in CA!

Jess, Samantha, Liz 

 Enjoying our time through the strange  Robolights  installation, a Palm Springs go-to event over the holidays!

Enjoying our time through the strange Robolights installation, a Palm Springs go-to event over the holidays!

 Joshua Tree National Park!

Joshua Tree National Park!

 Beautiful morning breakfast with views of the mountains!

Beautiful morning breakfast with views of the mountains!

Kentucky Youth Health Network

Formerly the KY Teen Pregnancy Coalition, the KY Youth Health Network has decided to expand their scope of work to all areas of preventative youth health behaviors. This organization, currently a 501c3, is going through a planning process to develop a new mission, purpose and strategic plan. This past Monday, I was fortunate enough to facilitate a strategic planning session with this passionate Board including representation from the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Clark County Health Department (HD), Jessamine County HD, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Kentuckiana Works, Lexington/Fayette County HD and KY River District HD - Lee County. 

By the end of the day, we came up with action steps that will not only be short-term next steps, but long-term actions that will be part of a new strategic plan. We engaged in a fun activity to practice our elevator pitch which led to the development of a word cloud and we were presented with Kentucky's most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data results by Stephanie Bunge at the KY DOE. Stay tuned as this group transitions to a broader perspective on youth health and works to bring on more partners and collaborate with more organizations to create a healthier Kentucky for our adolescents!