For a number of years, Survivors’ Truths worked directly with groups of people affected by violence or discrimination who are generally either not seen or seen in a negative light. These projects were geared toward bringing out the parts of each person’s story that include their knowledge, courage, and other resources that have kept them going. The process of telling their own stories of resilience using various creative media was a powerful tool for individual healing and moving forward. However, we realized that doing things this way really limited our impact while sometimes inadvertently undermining the work of others.
Today, Survivors’ Truths seeks out and builds relationships with a variety of groups and organizations already working on social justice issues. This brings opportunities to share our culturally-grounded and strength-centered approach in collaborative ways. We work with social service agencies, grassroots groups, and other organizations serving our project participants because they already know the population and can support participants more holistically. Our partnership approach adds value and brings visibility to the amazing work of our partners and builds their capacity to continue to work in this way.
We have aligned our work with this mission to support those already doing the work on the ground by assisting with:
Collaborative Project Evaluation and Design
We work alongside our partners to consider how their work can be strengthened and have more impact.
Piloting Innovative Ideas
We pilot collaboratively developed workshops and programs to assess their effectiveness, hone their design, and prepare for scale-up by on-the-ground experts.
Training and Technical Support
We prepare trainings that are customized for and responsive to the needs and goals of our partner organizations.
If desired by the partner organization, we will form an ongoing collaborative partnership that can include fiscal sponsorship to support our partner's ability to secure funding for their work, promote personnel well being, carry out ongoing staff development, and/or implement meaningful evaluation and feedback practices.