Creative Activities: July Asset of the Month

Every month, Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition highlights one of the 40 Developmental Assets.  Please feel free share and distribute in your newsletter, staff meetings and on social media! 

time_icon_color.pngAsset #17 Creative Activities – Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or others arts.

Local Data: Only 25% of La Plata County youth grades 6-12 report spending three or more hours in creative activities described in Asset #17. (Assets Survey 2015)

Essential Question: Do I assist my children or children in my care with access to creative activities? 

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Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers - Master Minds Circle

board-meeting.jpgTwelve Coalition members came together for the first Master Minds Circle on June 16, 2015 with the goal of collectively brainstorming solutions to a community challenge.  “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind” said Napeolen Hill author of Think and Get Rich. This month’s questions came from the Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe:

"How do you recruit and retain volunteers?" Why do you volunteer? Give us a positive story”

Participants offered these key ideas: Recruit by getting your message/mission broadcasted clearly. Give volunteers context for and the impact of their efforts.  Offer tailored volunteer experiences that speak to different strengths and make a personal connection with potential volunteers (don’t expect folks to respond to another email).   Get to know their motivation for volunteering; figure out if they motivated by a carrot or a stick or both. Find out what might motivate a volunteer:

 Service learning requirement or passion for community building?

Wanting to build a resume or make new friends?

Develop new skills or share expert knowledge?

Re-occurring, long-term commitment or short-term project based interest?

Outgoing or introverted?

Have fun or contribute to lasting change?


There is a lot of competition in the community so don't be greedy with volunteers. Send them to the appropriate organization for their passion. Collaborate with other organizations about how to utilize existing resources in community.

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June Asset of the Month- High Expectations

Every month, Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition highlights one of the 40 Developmental Assets.  Please feel free share and distribute! 

Asset #16 High Expectations – Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.

Essential Question: Do I routinely expect the best from young people as a way to express my belief in them?

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2015 Sustainability Plan

Celebrating Healthy Communities (CHC) Coalition is a Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program Support funding recipient.  We recently completed Sustainability Plan as per DFC 3rd year grantee requirements with the goal of sustaining our prevention efforts far beyond limitations of current resources. Members of the coalition came together on April 2 to address 5 areas: 

1. Measurable impact
2. Competitive Edge
3. Secure funding
4. Financial Capacity
5. Capacity to adapt
Please review the Sustainability Plan and take part in our key action steps towards sustainability! 
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CHC Hero: Lindsay Box

Lindsay Box

Lindsay Box, Mentor Coordinator of the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, was recognized as the CHC Hero for her unwavering dedication to the youth of Ignacio and commitment to collaboration. Here's Lindsay wearing the CHC Cape and desktop hero! 

Lindsay uses her FLC undergraduate degrees in Sociology and American Indian Studies & NMSU Masters in Education degree to reach her goal to give young people the tools they need to "overcome obstacles and be successful in all aspects of their lives." She is a proud mother and member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (previously Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Southern Ute as well as Junior Miss Indian Colorado!) and an invaluable asset to our Coalition! Thank you!

CHC Heros are thanked at our monthly luncheon meetings (third Tuesday of every month). 



Bayfield Parks & Recreation Awarded!


 (Scott Keys with the Healthy Event Award) 

Bayfield Parks and Recreation received the Healthy Event Seal of Approval Award on Tuesday May 19th.  The award recognized the incredible efforts put into the 2015 Spring Festival which included a 5k Run, Easter Egg Hunt, live music, a bouncy house and much more. Thank you for providing alcohol-free, family fun for the community of ‎Bayfield

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Youth Leaders Recognized!

 no place for hateDurango High School's Prejudice  Elimination Action Team (PEAT) was nationally recognized for the 7th year in a row for their inclusion and diversity work earning the designation as a No Place for Hate school. DHS was the first high school on the Western Slope to earn this designation from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a direct result of PEAT's ongoing anti-bias work in the school and community. 

Check out the Durango Herald's press-coverage of one of PEAT's Diversity Week events collecting hand print signatures from fellow students on the resolution of respect.  These student efforts build many of the 40 Developmental Assets including #27 Equality and Social Justice,  #34 Cultural Competence & #38 Self-esteem. 

 Congratulations and thank you PEAT!


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May Asset of the Month

Asset #15 Positive Peer Influence 

This month's Developmental Asset is Positive Peer Influence. Anyone and everyone can build this asset.  Start by asking yourself this essential question: Have I helped my child or children I know find ways to spend time with groups of peers who will model positive influences?

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