|With retirement upon us, we say goodbye to you with mixed emotions. We are saddened to leave one part of life behind, but also thrilled to look to the future.
We began the Blueprints Initiative in 1996, with no thought at the time of the far-reaching scope of the project. Our success has not been achieved alone.
Through collaborations with major funders such as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as well as close affiliations with the Blueprints program developers and purveyors, and many others committed to healthy youth development, Blueprints achieved national and international recognition.
We believe that our greatest achievement has been in setting and maintaining a high standard for what it means to be “evidence-based.”
Throughout the years of managing and growing the Blueprints work, our biggest satisfaction has come from the friendships and relationships developed along the way.
We cherish the work and the times together with our Blueprints advisory board members, the program developers and purveyors, and multiple others we have had the pleasure to know and work with, including the wonderful and dedicated staff at our center.
We leave things in great hands with Dr. Pam Buckley, who is taking over as the new Blueprints director and Dr. Karl Hill, who is assuming the role of Blueprints principal investigator. We look forward to watching a new generation of Blueprints.
Going forward, please contact Pam or Karl directly with any Blueprints-related matters.
We cannot thank you enough for all the support of the past two decades. We look forward to watching each Blueprints program continue to grow and make the world a better place through empirically based programs.
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder