Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Youth Leader Digital Story Screening

Come learn about and celebrate youth leadership in Denver! This interactive event will be catered and open to everyone for free! RSVP here or here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Are You Interested in Increasing Your Agency's Capacity to Address Mental Health?

Check out this new funding opportunity from SAMHSA for Mental Health Awareness Training.

"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT). The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED); (2) establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services; (3) train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and (4) educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private not-for-profit entities. For example:

State governments and territories (the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).
Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town (e.g., local education agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire department agencies, emergency medical units).
Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
Community- and faith-based organizations, including those that serve veterans, armed services personnel, and their families.
Public or private universities and colleges....
Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $15,801,221

Anticipated Number of Awards:  Up to 126

Anticipated Award Amount:  Up to $125,000 per year

Length of Project:  Up to 3 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?:  No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Teen Board Panel Discussion

Do you ever wonder what factors impact youth behavior? How do mental health, bullying, arguments with parents, romantic relationships, and connections with friends influence the decisions they make when getting behind the wheel or even riding with a peer? Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention presents an opportunity to learn more about what goes on in the lives and minds of youth to help you become a stronger advocate and youth-serving professional.

Friday, April 13, 2018

MADD Youth Advocacy Internship

MADD is accepting applications for their Youth Advocacy Internship Program!

You're the one willing to ask tough questions. You often raise your voice in moments of injustice. You dive into creativity to address challenges. You value the lives of your peers. You pay attention to your health and well-being. You know you can make a difference. Here is one way to do just that.  MADD Colorado's Youth Advocacy Internship Program is designed to give young voices the opportunity to be heard. This program provides a space for you to share perspectives on underage drinking and substance use prevention in Colorado.

Interns take a personal stand against drinking before age 21 or riding in a car with someone who has been drinking. They are committed to helping others do the same through planning and implementing community outreach activities and event, school awareness campaigns culminating with MADD's Red Ribbon Week in October. Interns will assist in planning and providing operational support of MADD Colorado's Law Enforcement Recognition, three Walk Like MADD events and Red Ribbon week. Interns with also shape our youth programming to increase MADD Colorado's relevance to the next generation it serves.

Youth Advocacy Internship Program is a 5-month volunteer commitment that includes:

  • Participation in 4 out of 5 meetings (one meeting can be via telephone) 
  • Participation in 3 out of 4 MADD events and Intern Excursions 
  • Potential excursions: District Attorneys’ offices, Sentencing hearings, the Capitol, Police Departments, Department of Transportation. 
  • Opportunities to participate in projects/activities (e.g. engaging with local police departments, school presentations, Colorado Youth Drivers Alliance etc.) to address the needs of the prevention community and educate the public on the value of underage drinking and substance use prevention 

To be eligible for participation in the group, you must be:

  • Ages 15-18 
  • A Colorado resident 
  • In good standing with your school 
  • Drug-free (this includes alcohol, marijuana and tobacco) 

 Students who complete the internship will walk away with leadership skills, an understanding of the legislative process, community engagement experience, and letters of recommendation for college and future employment.

Check out the MADD Youth Advocacy Internship application here!  Applications are due on April 30th, 2018!

Questions? Contact Rebecca Green at rebecca.green@madd.org

Friday, March 23, 2018

Children's Hospital Colorado: Now hiring a Safe Kids Colorado Coordinator!

Children’s Hospital Colorado has an opening for Coordinator of the Safe Kids Colorado Springs coalition.

This full-time position, classified as “Prevention Education & Outreach Coordinator, Senior” will be based at our hospital in Colorado Springs, a city of nearly half a million residents. Responsibilities for this position, which will be part of the larger Injury Prevention Program led by Colorado’s only ACS-verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, include coalition leadership, strategic engagement with partner organizations, community education and outreach, event planning, and other functions consistent with a comprehensive hospital-led injury prevention program. 

Additional responsibilities will evolve within our population health strategy and will require engagement with a variety of community entities, including school districts, primary care practices, state and local government, and non-profit organizations. Demonstrated experience in the Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention are essential.

Interested parties should apply at https://www.childrenscolorado.org/about/careers/.  Search for job #58761

Friday, March 9, 2018

Check Out CDOT's New Traffic Safety Funding Opportunity!

The Colorado Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office has released their Request for Applications (RFA). All local communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Choose from exciting topics such as:

  •    Young Drivers
  •    Child Passenger Safety
  •    Impaired Driving
  •    Distracted Driving
  •    Seat Belt Compliance
  •    Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety

You can access the RFA HERE!

Important Dates
March 14, 2018      Technical Assistance Webinar
April 16, 2018         Applications Due by 3pm
May 7, 2018            Final Application Selection
May 14, 2018          Notification of Funding Decisions
October 1, 2018       Project Start Date

To participate in the technical assistance webinar on March 14th from 2:00 - 3:30pm log on to:

Webinar: https://cdphe.adobeconnect.com/rsx1n26pd335/
Call in: 712-770-4035   Pin: 669810

Monday, March 5, 2018

CDPHE's Youth Advisory Council is Recruiting New Members

Calling all youth ages 13 - 19 with diverse life experience and passion for youth health! Apply to join the Youth Partnership for Health (YPH) advisory council, and create change around youth health and well-being in Colorado. Applications open from March 5-26.