State Network Project Update: 2013 New Year Resolutions

Kris KesselWhat better way to ring in the 2013 New Year than to reflect on what we are thankful for and resolve to improve. For our state network project, the National Partnership is thankful to have a dynamic, passionate and talented group of state advocacy organizers in our seven network states (CA, FL, MS, NC, NJ, OH and TN) and robust funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And as the state network team embarks on a second year together, our resolution for 2013 is to build on the momentum created in 2012 and reach farther to engage more active and diverse partners.

If you are looking to get more involved or to stay informed, please consider the following:

  • New to the state network project? Make a resolution to learn more about what the state network project does so you can decide where you can participate. Visit our website and learn about the state network project overall, and the specific work in individual states through our state pages (CA, FL, MS, NC, NJ, OH and TN) and state blogs.
  • Already participating in the state network project? Make a 2013 resolution to become more active! There is much to do and much to choose from - each state holds regular state network meetings (via webinar and teleconference) and is implementing action teams (smaller groups of interested partners each focusing on one of the following - leveraging federal funding, advancing Complete Streets, and advancing shared/joint use agreements). Visit the state websites and/or contact one of the state advocacy organizers (CA, FL, MS, NC, NJ, OH and TN) and learn more about what is happening and how you can get involved.
  • Interested in one of the other 43 states? While our state network project focuses on seven states, the state network project goals are to advance Safe Routes to School initiatives in all 50 states and Washington DC. Learn more about the resources and happenings in your state by visiting our National Partnership state network project site as well as our National Learning Network site.
  • Looking to join the National Partnership? The Safe Routes to School movement offers many ways for individuals, organizations, public agencies, schools and companies to get involved and make a difference at the local, state and even national levels. Safe Routes to School programs aren’t just for parents, teachers and students. All community members—from health organizations and bicycle and pedestrian advocates to local police officers and business owners—can contribute to the success of a Safe Routes to School program. Visit our website if you are interested in becoming a partner affiliate of the National Partnership.

The key to success is collaboration – so please jump into 2013 and participate! Together, let’s make 2013 a banner year for advancing initiatives and policy change to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.