Address the lack of nurturing and positive environments that elevate the emotional health and resilience of Latinx youth and their families in Commerce City through the creation of a new innovative program that uses the combination of promising protective factors for youth, existing practices of Latinx/Indigenous healing and a dedicated group of community experts.
Address Depression and type 2 diabetes (T2D) - two of Colorado's top 10 winnable public health battles - by tailoring and delivering an evidence-based family intervention, "Health without Barriers," to Latino and Native American teenagers at-risk for depression and T2D in La Plata and surrounding counties.
Move school-based health centers (SBHCs) from a trauma-informed response to youth reporting Adverse Child Experiences (ACES) to innovative, strength-based, and culturally aware Healing Centered Engagement through Rising Resilient. Expand the implementation of ACEs screening to more SBHCs while providing Healing Centered Engagement resources and training along with increased youth engagement strategies to SBHCs to foster increased resiliency and positive health outcomes in the youth they serve.
Building Resiliency, Socioemotional Capacity, and Behavioral Health Wellness through Innovative Strategies by Developing an Alternative Therapeutic Day School
Develop an alternative school for disengaged students. The Community-in-Schools (CISP) Program bridges this gap by providing school-based socioemotional support from local professionals, and numerous additional providers will be housed in physical resource hub for youth to access services to increase health equity.
Support an initiative led by the Apprentice of Peace Youth Advisory Council, which was birthed out of direct response to the community needs to building courageous conversation surrounding reducing mental health stigma, violence prevention and the risk factors that affect youth and young adults from leading healthy lifestyles.
PEER Kindness is focused on reducing the incidence of bullying in our schools and restoring kindness. We wish to create a safe, inclusive environment for all children.
Empower youth by building skills, including social and emotional learning, to help them gain the necessary skills to properly advocate for themselves, others or their community.
Support a bilingual case manager who will manage Big Buddies (BBs) and Little Buddies (LBs) who have been matched as Buddy Pairs (BPs), as well as youth on the waitlist. This position will also support our recruitment manager in recruiting bilingual BBs which allows us to grow capacity to serve more youth and provide more services to our community.
Expand current programming by adding four additional days per week of after-school programming, increase programming to six more schools, and add a new School Suspension-Youth Probation day program.
Confianza (Confidence) equips parents with the resources and the confidence to assist their 15-18 years old youth in dealing with issues they are facing, which will lead to decreases in negative behaviors and increased graduation rates leading to youth and families who have improved quality of life.