Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Funding Opportunity: LAUNCH Together Phase I Community Planning Grant

LAUNCH-Logo-cmyk-4-inchWe are excited to announce a new funding opportunity to support Colorado communities in advancing children's social and emotional health. This opportunity is possible through a collaboration of seven Colorado-based foundations: The Ben and Lucy Ana Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, Community First Foundation, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments and Rose Community Foundation.

Funding Opportunity:  LAUNCH Together Phase I Community Planning Grant

The LAUNCH Together initiative is inspired and informed by SAMHSA's Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) initiative and Colorado Project LAUNCH partners.  LAUNCH Together is inviting applications from Colorado communities interested in expanding evidence-based prevention and promotion practices and building coordinated systems to support the wellness of children prenatal through age 8 with a focus on behavioral health and social and emotional development.

LAUNCH Together aims to 1) invest in communities to plan and implement effective community-based strategies and train professionals in a variety of settings; 2) bring together public and private partners to communicate what works, raise awareness and support policy changes to sustain effective community practices; and 3) evaluate the project and provide technical assistance to grantees.

Grants awarded through this funding opportunity will support communities in conducting a comprehensive planning process, including an environmental scan of systems and programs in the grantee's community as well as development of a strategic plan to guide the work. 

Due Date for Applications: Oct.19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. MST
Estimated Number of Awards: Up to 7
Estimated Award Amount: Up to $55,000 per award

Get more information about this funding opportunity by visiting or contacting project staff:

Join us for a screening of the "Raising of America" series!

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Join us for a screening of Raising of America.
The Raising of America is a 5-part documentary series and public engagement campaign that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. Experiences in early childhood lay the foundation for lifelong physical, emotional and cognitive health and well-being.
Screening times & location:

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 1)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 2)
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 3)
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 4)
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 5)

All screenings will be held at CDPHE, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO in building C, room C1A.
Episode 1: The Raising of America Signature Hour
This hour-long episode interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive—while too often hindered by social conditions that put their children on low developmental trajectories. 
Episode 2: Once Upon a Time
Just imagine how things might be different if, for the past four decades, all American children had access to high-quality early care and ed. It almost happened. Back in 1971, Congress passed a bill providing high-quality, universal childcare, home visiting and other services from birth to age five to every family that wanted it. President Nixon’s 11th hour veto marked the first time “family values” was invoked to undermine pro-family and child initiatives. The veto marked a critical inflection point from our path towards a more inclusive nation to today’s “you’re-on-your-own” society.
Episode 3: Are We Crazy About Our Kids?
Investing in high-quality early care and education pays for itself in many ways and many times over. This episode brings to life the classic economic studies of Perry Preschool and other initiatives conducted by Nobel laureate James Heckman, former Federal Reserve economist Arthur Rolnick and others which illustrate how we can either invest early for success or pay more for failure later. So, what is holding us back?
Episode 4: Wounded Places
Too many children in America, especially children of color in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, are exposed to adversity, violence, neglect and other forms of trauma and show symptoms similar to PTSD—except there is no “post.” Traveling to Philadelphia and Oakland, this episode chronicles the stories of children shook by violence and adversity and asks not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” and how can traumatized children and neighborhoods heal.
Episode 5: DNA Is Not Destiny
New scientific discoveries reveal how fetal and early childhood environments quite literally change brain architecture and other bio-regulatory systems—from the stress response to metabolism. Early environments—be they chemical or socioeconomic—can alter not the genes babies inherit but the epigenetic “volume controls” which turn genes on and off. These epigenetic switches can influence the self-regulation of emotions and behaviors, cognitive function, even the susceptibility to chronic diseases as people age.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Youth, Education and Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) Event in Larkspur

The Rotary Club of Castle Pines is hosting a fun family event in support of Douglas County youth through the Y.E.S.S Program (Youth, Education and Safety in Schools). 

The details of the event are as follows:  

When: Sunday August 23rd - 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Where: Bar Double F Ranch - 2295 Elk View Road, Larkspur, CO 80188 
Signs will be posted for driving from Tomah Rd & I-25/Frontage Rd Intersection or Highway 105 & Tomah Rd. intersection.

This will be a fun afternoon for families to enjoy award winning Blue Grass Music by GRASS IT UP, delicious BBQ, select beer and wine and of course food and activities for young people including bounce houses face painting and dancing.

Cost:  $25 per Adult - $10 / Child under 9 years of age

Purchase Tickets Here:  

What is the Y.E.S.S. Program

The Y.E.S.S. Program initiated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and runs in partnership with the Douglas County School District, Castle Rock Police Department and Parker Police Department.  The program is designed to educate youth in classroom instruction by Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers regarding internet safety, substance abuse prevention, teen relationships, suicide prevention, and much more!  Today’s youth face so many more challenges and without this instruction they are left to making choices without the information required to make right ones! 

The Y.E.S.S. program was initiated at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, but is not fully funded by tax dollars.  The Program has already received national recognition through an award of Excellence for the work and results being accomplished.  The Rotary Club of Castle Pines though their fundraising efforts and application for grants through the Rotary District has provided support for this important work. However, their support has barely made a small contribution compared to the need and therefore they have initiated an annual BBQ BREWS and BANJOS family event.  Because of the Rotary’s focus is for the youth of our community, they felt a family friendly event was appropriate to support.

If you cannot attend, please feel free to make a tax deductible contribution to the effort at the web address noted above.  Additionally please view the auction items listed at the site and make a bid for items of your choice!

We hope to see you at the event for a fun family afternoon!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 Colorado Safe Schools Summit

1500 E 128th Ave., Thornton, Colorado 80241-2602Wednesday, October 14 - Thursday, October 15, 20158:00 AM-4:00 PM (check-in at 7:30 AM)Registration is required.

Registration for this event is on the CO Train System at
Search for this event by Course ID: 1056986
Click on the title of the conference, “2015 Colorado Safe Schools Summit”.
Certificates of Attendance will be given out at the end of each day.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Sroka, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant who will use cutting-edge re-search, humor and inspiring real-life stories to facilitate learning about safe schools and their relationship to academic and life success.

David Schonfeld, M.D. is Professor of Social Work and Pediatrics at the Southern California Children's Hospital and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. He served as a member of the Sandy Hook Advi-sory Commission and will share recommendations from the commission report.Finessa Ferrell is Director of Initiatives for the Colorado Education Initiative and in this roles she oversees efforts in school climate change, equity, student behavioral health, and social emotional learning. Before joining CEI, Finessa led the National Center for School Engagement and the Colorado office of Homeless Youth Services.

Lynn Riemer, affectionately known as the “Martha Stewart of Meth Labs,” has over 10 years of experience working in Narcotics. Lynn was a Forensic Chemist with the DEA and spent seven years as the Chemist /Criminalist with the North Metro Drug Task Force in Denver.

Who should attend?

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • School Safety Teams
  • School/Community Mental Health Professionals
  • School Resource Officers
  • First Responders
  • Parents
  • Anyone who works with youth


24 Interesting workshops including:
Michael Song 
"The Impact of Marijuana Legalization"
Dr. Kate Cumbo 
"What Would the Dalai Lama Do?"
Sarah Brummett 
"Colorado State Suicide Prevention"
Janise McNally and Amy Plog 
" Mindfulness as a Strategy to Support School Safety"
BASIC Prep - Building DNA, ServPro,
Pinnacle Charter School, Adam 12

And more!

For questions or more information Contact CSSRC:


Monday, August 3, 2015

Colorado9to25: State of the Youth Address & Conversation

Join us for the CO9to25 State of the Youth Address & Conversation in August!
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State of the Youth
Address & Conversation

Please join us for an afternoon dedicated to checking in on Colorado's progress toward supporting every young person to reach their full potential.

We’ll look at data and trends that are affecting youth and have conversations about how to engage young people in reading and responding to data along their paths to success.

The event is open to all youth and adults and will be held in two locations on two different dates.
  • Webinar access will be available. 
  • Registration is requested.
  • Light snacks will be provided.
Breckenridge on August 13th, 2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
in collaboration with Think Big
The Village at Breckenridge

535 South Park Avenue, Breckenridge 80424

Denver on August 14th, 2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sam Gary Branch Library,
2961 Roslyn St. Denver, CO 80238
We kindly request your registration for the event. Whether you plan to attend in person or via webinar, please register at:

You are welcomed and encouraged to share this invitation!
What is Colorado9to25?
Colorado 9to25 (CO9to25) is a collective, action-oriented network of youth and adults working in partnership to align efforts to achieve positive outcomes for all youth in Colorado. It takes collaborative action to ensure that all young people ages 9-25 are   safehealthyeducatedconnected and contributing.

Call for Speakers -- 2016 Fire & Life Safety Educators Conference of the Rockies


It’s that time of year again.  The Fire & Life Safety Educators of Colorado (FLSEC), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is presenting the 23rd Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference of the Rockies, April 26-28, 2016.  We’re moving to the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This three-day conference will feature speakers from across the continent on a range of topics designed to empower life safety professionals and similarly-minded emergency responders and private industry leaders to become better risk reduction resources in our fields.  Although the conference is several months away, preparations are underway. The annual call for speakers is one step toward producing another vibrant and educational conference.

Our conference is more than fire safety and fire prevention (although those topics remain important).  We’re committed to injury and illness prevention, all-hazards community risk reduction, community resiliency, instructional methodology and program improvement.  The only limit to course topics is your imagination.  We’d like to invite you and your colleagues to propose programs for this conference.  We offer courses in three formats: 20-minute sprint sessions, 90-minute breakout sessions and 3-hour workshops.

Use this link to submit your proposal:

Proposals are due at the close of business Sept. 9.

Please share this Call for Speakers with any of your colleagues who also share a commitment to community risk reduction and empowering others to have such an important impact on their communities.

Thanks for considering this request. Registration for attendees will begin January 1; I’ll keep you posted.