Monday, December 11, 2017

safeTALK: Suicide Alertness Training in Wheat Ridge

2017 Governor's Award for School Health and Wellness - Manitou Springs School District 14

Learn more about the winner of the 2017 Governor's Award for School Health and Wellness!

Healthy School Champions logoManitou Springs School District 14 is the 2017 recipient of the annual Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness for embedding health as a core component of their mission, vision, policies and instructional model.

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Every year, the Healthy School Champions Recognition program recognizes K12 Colorado public schools for their success at creating a healthy school environment, implementing effective school health efforts and demonstrating how they comprehensively address health and wellness while embedding it in their culture and systems. CEI singles out schools that have excelled at creating health and wellness programs that support student learning.

The program is now in its eighth year and has awarded more than $300,000 in awards to Colorado schools who continue to demonstrate the critical link between student health and academic achievement. With the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, schools have received awards ranging from $300 to $7,500 per school.

Learn more about the Healthy School Champions Recognition program and the upcoming January 19 deadline at the Colorado Education Initiative.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Youth Suicide Prevention & Intervention Symposium

Register online:
Or visit the CSSRC trainings page for more information

2018 *updated* Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit

Employers play a critical role in the lives of their employees. After all, the average person in the United Sates spends 8.9 hours a day at work.[1] Employees in every stage of life should feel supported in the workplace.

The 2018 *updated* Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit highlights employers who are leading efforts to ensure their workplaces support the lives of their employee, shares best practices, and defines the components of a family-friendly workplace.

Those who work to prevent child fatalities in Colorado can also work towards incorporating family-friendly workplace policies and practices. We encourage you to read more about what other organizations are doing on the Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit as well as encourage your organization to take the Health Links Family-Friendly Assessment.

Together we can work to reduce work-life stress and ensure that employees feel supported!

[1] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017). Charts from the American Time Use Survey. Retrieved from:

Training Opportunity: From Positive Youth Development to Social Justice Youth Development

December 14, 12:00-1:00pm Mountain Time
Positive youth development (PYD) is the preeminent theory and practice model for working with youth. In positive youth development, adults and communities seek to strengthen known protective factors among young people so that young people can thrive and become productive adults.

Social Justice Youth Development (SJYD) goes a step further to address the social and economic forces (racism, classism, sexism, adultism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism) that oppress young people and complicate “normative” developmental patterns. Social justice youth development incorporates many aspects of positive youth development (knowledge and skill building), and also acknowledges and leverages youth’s experiences with discrimination, inequality, and negative stereotypes. A goal of SJYD is to understand power, privilege, and oppression in order to disrupt existing power structures and advocate for transformative change.

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to describe two theories (PYD and SJYD) and consider their similarities, and differences.

Given the diversification of youth and communities, a SJYD framework is an important consideration to achieving health equity and justice for and with young people.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe positive youth development and social justice youth development theory
  • Explain similarities and differences between PYD and SJYD

Regional Positive Youth Development Training System (PYD-TS)

Are you looking for a Positive Youth Development training in your area? The regional Positive Youth Development Training System (PYD-TS) has formally launched with an exceptional group of regional trainers in the regions below excited to get started!

Region 1: Northwest Colorado
Eagle River Youth Coalition
Michelle Stecher

Region 5: Southwest Colorado
School Community Youth Collaborative
Cindy Houston

Region 8: Southeast Colorado
Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County
Becky Medina
719-564-0055 ext. 111

If you would like to be trained, please contact these organizations directly. If there is a request outside of these regions, or the regions themselves do not have the capacity to fulfill a request, please contact Lorin Scott-Okerblom at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (