Monday, December 11, 2017

Find a Positive Youth Development Trainer in Your Area

The regional Positive Youth Development Training System (PYD-TS) has formally launched! Below is a list and map of the PYD-TS regions which are covered by grant-funded organizations piloting this system. 

Contact these organizations with any requests for a PYD training in these regions. 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 

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


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Webinar: Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children 8-14 Years Old Safe as Motor Vehicle Occupants
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 PM Mountain Time

In 2015, 146 U. S. children ages 8-14 died as motor vehicle occupants. (1) This webinar will focus on children ages 8-14 and their use (or nonuse) of vehicle restraints. Many educators find this audience hard to reach and, in fact, child passenger safety and teen driver safety programs often miss this group of vulnerable children. Learn how injury prevention programs can blend data, research, and strategies from several sources to address the unmet needs of motor vehicle occupants ages 8-14.

Lorrie Walker of Safe Kids Worldwide will share data and information from multiple sources, including the 2016 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Bright Futures anticipatory guidance recommendations and guidance, (2) and the American Academy of Pediatrics'  Technical Report-Child Passenger Safety recommendations. (3)  Ms. Walker will also talk about how 8-14-year-old children are affected by primary versus secondary seat belt laws, as they often straddle both. She will introduce data-driven programs developed by Safe Kids for children ages 10-14. Joe Anne Ward-Cottrell of WellSpan Health in Pennsylvania will address programs for parents and children across age groups, giving parents the words to use with children who may be riding in cars without their parents' supervision.  Deputy Sheriff Wes Williams will talk about building partnerships to deliver safety messages, including his pre-teen and teen program, which involves collaboration with a trauma center and an insurance partner.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Teen Driver Safety Webinar - Friday, December 8th

The Western Pacific Injury Prevention Network will be hosting Dr. Rob Foss of the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Foss organized and chairs the Transportation Research Board’s Subcommittee on Young Drivers, and is one of the nation’s foremost expert on the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) legislative process. 

Join this webinar for a presentation and discussion with Dr. Foss.

Friday, December 8, 2017  12:00 - 1:00pm MST. 

Register Here for Teen Driving Webinar

Monday, November 27, 2017

CDPHE is Hiring!

The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hiring 3 full-time positions. Please see details below and share these opportunities widely!

Community Outreach Specialist (#800)
Classification: Public Health and Community Outreach III
Job Location: Denver, CO
Close Date: December 5, 2017  OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool (i.e., 50 qualified applications).

TO APPLY:  Community Outreach Specialist (#800)

Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator (#1981)
​​Classification: ​Public Health and Community Outreach Professional III​
​​Job Location: Denver, CO
​​Close Date: ​Announcement will remain open until December 3, 2017 and will not be based on how many qualified applications are received.

TO APPLY: Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator (#1981)                       

Communities That Care Coordinator (#1677)
Classification: Public Health and Community Outreach III
Job Location: Denver, CO
Close Date: December 7, 2017  OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool (i.e., 50 qualified applications).

TO APPLY: Communities That Care Coordinator (#1677)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Trainings for the New Year

From Positive Youth Development to Social Justice Youth Development - You took the Intro to Positive Youth Development crash course in the Colorado Young Drivers Alliance meeting. Now learn how to explain positive youth development, community youth development, and social justice youth development theory, and their similarities and differences (webinar, December 14 12pm MT)

Evidence-Based Public Health  - Shore up your understanding of  public health's role in young driver safety by taking this unique, online training series, which covers core concepts like: defining public health issues, conducting community assessments, prioritizing options, and evaluating program and policy impacts (January - March 2018)

Health Equity: LGBTQ - Apply an equity lens to your work with youth. This introductory online course examines personal bias; explores terminology related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; and describes the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ individuals (online, January - February 2018)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Interested in Studying Pedestrian Safety?

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program has released an RFP for groups interested in studying pedestrian behavior to provide future safety guidelines to urban, suburban, and rural areas.   Learn more here!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Feedback Needed on Colorado Academic Standards

The public has an opportunity through Nov. 27 to offer feedback on proposed revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) that have been under review since May.

The Colorado Department of Education developed an online standards review feedback system to allow people to participate in the review and revision process. Educators, parents, school and district staff, as well as interested members of the community, are encouraged to provide specific feedback on proposed revisions within all content areas. For the first time the standards will also include voluntary high school computer science standards.

The online feedback system and content specific resources detailing the proposed revisions can be accessed here: Academic Standards committees will use the feedback to determine additional revisions that may be needed prior to making recommendations to the Colorado State Board of Education.

State law, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), requires the standards to be reviewed every six years. Revisions to the standards must be adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education by July 1, 2018.

The online standards review system was first opened in November 2016 through April 2017 to gather initial public feedback. Feedback captured in the survey went directly to the 13 standards review committees that have been working to make initial recommendations for updating the standards.

"Throughout the process of reviewing and revising the standards, we have worked hand-in-hand with the public, gathering input, forming committees of educators and working collaboratively to develop the first drafts of the revisions," said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes.

The committees have met three times since May and will meet again the week of Jan. 8, 2018, to review feedback from this second public comment opportunity.

Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback on multiple content areas of the proposed revisions. All opportunities for public engagement in the process can be found on the Standards Review and Revision public feedback webpage.

In addition to the online system, CDE is asking for public support in two other ways. Both opportunities are also open until Nov. 27.

The Essential Skills survey: Essential Skills, such as critical-thinking, civic engagement and accountability, are necessary for students to develop and demonstrate to be successful during higher-education, careers and life. These were formerly referred to as 21st Century Skills.

The Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) resource survey: The CELP committee is seeking public feedback for a website that districts and schools will be able to navigate for support.

For more information, contact Karol Gates, director of Standards and Instructional Support, at or 303-866-6576. Comments and questions can also be sent to the standards review and revision email address