December Asset of the Month: School engagement

This month join us in focusing on Asset #22 School Engagement – Young person is actively engaged in learning.Essential_Question.jpg

Local Data: 65% of La Plata County youth report school engagement as described in Asset #22. (Assets Survey 2015)

Tips for increasing positive school engagement:

• Stay in touch with your child’s school experience by asking specific questions about their day – including what went well and what was challenging. Reinforce a school subject by having a whole family conversation about it at the dinner table.

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November Asset of the Month: Achievement Motivation

Essential question This month join the families, organizations and individuals all across La Plata engaged in building the Developmental Asset of the Month! November's Asset is Asset #21 Achievement Motivation – Young person is motivated to do well in school.

Local Data: 76% of La Plata County youth report positive school motivation as described in Asset #21. (Assets Survey 2015)


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Selfcare and Remembering your 'Why" - October Master Minds Circle

He_who_has_a_why_can_endure_any_how_-_Nietzsche.jpgCommunity building is challenging, heart breaking and heart expanding work.  At this month's Master Minds Circle coalition members representing civic, school, government, parent, youth serving and business sectors across La Plata County shared why they do community building work and how they maintain positive outlooks amidst deadlines, budget cuts, project set backs, team challenges and many others. 

The Master Minds Circle idea came from the Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich business guidebook. “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind” said Hill. 

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October Asset of the Month: Time at Home

Essential question How important is quality time spent at home for children and teens? Very.  

In fact, "Time at Home" is one of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets.  Here in La Plata County 62% of youth report time at home as described in Asset #20- Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.  

(Assets Survey 2015)


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Coalition Collaboration Award

The Coalition was pleased to present two powerful partnerships in La Plata County with the Collaboration Award.  ELHI, Ignacio’s community center, and Thrasher Thursdays, a youth skateboard competition series, were the first to receive the Collaboration Award.  The award is given to those engaging at least three sectors to accomplish a project/event/initiative/policy that goes outside their immediate organization and builds assets in a new and needed way.


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September Asset of the Month

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Every month schools, organizations & families across La Plata County embrace one of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets & work to strengthen that asset  in the youth they serve. Developmental Assets are the  relationships, skills & experiences young people need to become thriving adults.  Everyone, young & old, can build assets! 

The September Asset of the Month is #19 Religious Community. 

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Reaching Youth at Promise - August Master Minds

Reaching youth

More than a dozen Coalition members gathered on August 18, 2015 to address a shared challenge and generate solutions in this month's Master Minds Circle on Reaching Youth at Promise. Three questions were asked of the group to collectively answer the bigger question; "How do you get programs and services to youth who may slip through the cracks?"

 Full minutes are available here.

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2015 Internship: A Summer of Learning Experiences

Hi there!  My name is Sienna and I am currently a Public Health student studying at Fort Lewis College. 

SiennaIn May 2015, I was given the opportunity to intern at Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition along with one of their collaborative partners, La Plata Youth Services. I have spent the past few months learning through my experiences with guidance from Pat, the coalition director, Cody, coalition coordinator, and Dillon Wells, the summer program director for La Plata Youth Services. Celebrating Healthy Communities (CHC) has provided a slew of learning opportunities.

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August Asset of the Month

Asset 18, Youth ProgramsSummer is fleeting and it's already August! Here's your Developmental Asset of the Month! 

Asset #18       Youth Programs – Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.

Local Data: 70% of La Plata County youth grades 6-12 report spending three or more hours a week in programs as described in Asset #18.  (Assets Survey 2015)

Essential Question:How can I help remove barriers for the 30% of La Plata County youth who do not have access to youth programs?

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Designated Drivers: The Ultimate Friend

A  Thank You Campaign to Promote a Safer  Community & Adult Role Models for Youth

In Dec 2013, Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition began the Designated Driver "DD" Thank You campaign. Enlisting 30 bars and restaurants the first year, self-identified DDs received a free non-alcoholic drink as a thank you for being the "Ultimate Friend." 

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