Friday, March 27, 2015

National Youth Violence Prevention Week


Everyone Has a Role in Stopping Youth Violence

National Youth Violence Prevention Week (March 23-27, 2015) is a time to show youth, parents, educators, and community leaders that youth violence is not an inevitable part of growing up. Youth violence can be prevented.

Help others be a positive influence on young people while stopping youth violence before it starts.

What You Need to Know

  • More than 547,000 young people, ages 10 to 24, are treated in emergency departments each year for injuries from violence-related physical assaults. On average, 12 young people are victims of homicide each day in the United States.
  • Prevention strategies that are proving effective include school programs designed to benefit all youth by changing how they think about violence and by building skills to resolve problems.
  • Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action provides action steps for everyone to be part of the solution.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Peaceful Households 2015 Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference




WhatPeaceful Households 2015 Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference
This year we are excited to have a trio of internationally renowned speakers and researchers in Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator of the ACE Study, Dr. Desmond Runyan, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and Mark Wynn, an expert in Domestic Violence.
The conference is open to professionals and community members who work with children and families and have an interest in providing a safe and nurturing environment for our kids. This event is especially valuable for people involved in the following professions and activities: Case Workers, Child Advocates, Child Care, First Responders, Health Professionals, Home Visitation, Teachers, Law Enforcement, Legal & Judicial, Youth Programs, Social Workers, Therapists, Ministry and Coaches.
When: April 30th
Where: Colorado Springs
Register: Visit our website to register or learn more!

*****************EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 30, 2015****************





Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SafeCare® Colorado Webinar: April 15, 2015

SafeCare® Colorado expanding throughout Colorado

Join us for an informational webinar, hosted by the Kempe Center.

Cohort 3 RFA Overview and Q&A
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.

You can also dial in using your phone. +1 (646) 749-3131
Access Code: 590-065-541
SafeCare® Colorado is pleased to announce some upcoming dates and events for the start of Cohort 3 sites.

Currently, SafeCare® is in 8 sites, covering 30 counties and the Southern Ute Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. We welcome the opportunity to further expand this evidence based home visiting program which focuses on safety, health, and parenting.

Please send questions to the Kempe Center atSafeCareCO@childrenscolorado.org
Click HERE to download and print the SafeCare® Colorado Cohort 3 Informational Flyer for the RFA timeline.
Click HERE to download and print the SafeCare® Colorado Fact Sheet.

Visit SafeCareCO.CO4kids.org to learn more about SafeCare Colorado and get information to refer a high-risk family to
a local SafeCare program today. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Marijuana Prevention Training

Adolescence is a time of change and opportunity. The physical, social and psychological changes young people undergo impacts their behavior, how they interact with the world and how the adults around them respond to this transformation.  

This FREE training aims to link content with expertise!
This training will help you understand and learn:
  • the skills and knowledge needed to integrate the evidence-based PYD approach into your current youth programming efforts
  • the resources and support needed to incorporate marijuana prevention efforts into your current work.
  • how to access marijuana campaign materials, toolkits and technical assistance.

Who: Youth-serving professionals and anyone else interested in youth health and well-being.

What will you get:
  • Training on Positive Youth Development
  • Introduction to the state’s marijuana prevention efforts
  • Time with OMNI’s Regional Prevention Consultants, funding by the Office of Behavioral Health, to address local prevention programming questions
  • Training hours that may be used for the Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist II credentials.


1. Alamosa Training:
  • Date: Wednesday April 15th, 2015     Time: 9AM-4PM
  • San Luis Valley Behavioral health Center 8745 CR 9 South Alamosa, CO 81101

2. Glenwood Springs Training:
  • Date:Friday April 24th Time 9AM-4PM
  • Glenwood Spring Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

3. Durango Area Training:
  • Date: Friday May 29th, 2015 Time: 9AM-4PM
  • Durango Recreation Center 2700 Main St. Durango, CO 81301



Monday, March 2, 2015

Mini Grants: FRIDAY DEADLINE

Announcing Child Abuse Prevention Month: 
Mini Grants
Hello Partners,

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that April was the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Since then, child abuse and neglect awareness activities have been promoted across the national, state and local levels during April each year.

Denver Human Services has participated in Child Abuse Prevention Month activities for many years by offering free parenting classes, and partnering with community organizations to help spread awareness. This year we will continue to offer free parenting classes in the community as well as continue collaborating with community agencies as well as develop new partnerships.

The Prevention Services section at Denver Human Services is dedicated to creating a safe space where the community can recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month through various activities and promotional events in April.  We are committed to creating awareness of child abuse and find ways to prevent child abuse and neglect from ever occurring. We recognize that we cannot take on this important task alone; we need community partnerships.

We are pleased to announce our 1st Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month mini- grant opportunity for child abuse prevention month this April! 

Denver Human Services is offering ten (10), $1,500.00 mini-grants to community organizations interested in celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Month by hosting a community event in April of this year. 

Please help us spread the word and increase our community partnerships! The application deadline is Friday, March 6th.

Joe Homlar
Division Director- Child Welfare
Denver Department of Human Services 
For more information or to apply for one of the ten (10), $1,500.00 mini-grants please click HERE

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FREE Suicide Awareness Training

safeTALK Workshops

February 24, 2015 from 5-8 p.m.  (Feel free to bring your dinner to eat while we train).
March 19, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. (Feel free to bring your dinner to eat while we train).
Limited space available in each workshop! Who should attend: Anyone over the age of 15!  All workshops are held at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Highlands Ranch Substation, located at 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.   
safeTALK, about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:
  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;  
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, and intervention caregivers.
Powerful video clips illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice help stimulate learning. Learn steps that contribute to saving lives. To register please follow the instructions on the flyers posted above by date.  If you have additional questions please contact Phyllis Harvey at pharvey@dcsheriff.net   Sponsored by: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Youth Education & Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) Program, Douglas County School District and the Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance.
safeTALK is not designed for those that have experienced a recent suicide loss.  If you are grieving the recent loss of a loved one to suicide, we recommend you join a support group or visit www.afsp.org/coping-with-suicide to find useful information related to coping with suicide loss. 

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 3-5 2015

JUNE 3-5, 2015 KEYSTONE, COLORADO

Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit

Topics Include:
Marijuana Impaired Driving
Older Driver Safety
Distracted Driving Prevention
Evidence-based Motor Vehicle Policies

Special Presentation: 
Think Fast Interactive
Car Fit Event

Registration is free.
Limited scholarships available for room cost assistance.
           Registration information and detailed agenda coming soon!