August/September 2015
SAFE Member News
Check out the SAFE Coalition Website HERE!
August/September  Events
2nd-6th- CADCA Midyear
18th - SAFE meeting
18th &19th- Merchant Training

1st- Mandatory Team Meetings
15th - SAFE meeting
22nd-23rd- AC4C Retreat
26th- Drug Takeback

For a listing of all YLC meeting dates/times please visit the YLC website for more information:
       YLC Calendar  

             YLC Activities  

YLC members helped with the Safe and Healthy Kids Fair on July 28th.


The theme for the Kids Fair was Frozen in July so the YLC members wanted to do Snow Cones and a Dunk Tank. These both went over very well on the warm July evening. The kids also gave snow flake temporary tattoos and shared information about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.


Two YLC members attended the CADCA NYLI training in August in Indianapolis, IN. Emily Jester and Cheyenne Schmitter attended the week long training and came home with tools and information about how to change youth substance use in their community. To learn more about their experience you can read the article here---> Midyear Article


Be watching for more information about Youth Leadership Council for the 2015-16 School year! 




To learn more about YLC or these events you can check out the

Facebook Page 


Flicker Account 

More information on YLC activities can be found on the YLC website!

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities Include:

August 2nd-6th
Indianapolis, IN
August 5th-7th
Lancaster, SC
Epiphany Retreat
September 9-11th
Denver, Co
September 22nd-23rd
Des Moines, IA
Click Here for the ---> Training Calendar

Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes: 


AC4C Retreat

September 22nd-23rd

Des Moines, IA

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Mandatory Team Meetings  

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Van Buren High School Gym





Plan to attend the Mandatory Parent/Student Team meeting at Open House!


Attend once during the year to cover all sports and activities you are involved in during the year.


Will cover important information on required forms, physicals, materials and information for the start of the sports season and school activities!


This includes both Jr. High and High School for ANY SPORT or EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY! 

CADCA Midyear   


The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition along with more than 1,500 substance abuse
prevention and treatment specialists from across the country convened in Indianapolis August 3rd - 6th for CADCA's 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute.

The week-long training, held at the JW Marriott, taught participants how to address one of our nation's biggest public health challenges - youth drug use.

CADCA sent the SAFE Coalition participants home, revved up and ready to implement new ideas as "Agents of Change" in Truth or Consequences, in Van Buren County, Iowa.

Kris Rankin learned a lot during the sessions she attended during the CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute. She attended sessions on Benefit: Cost Analysis of Substance Abuse Prevention; Engaging Law Enforcement; Affecting State and Local Policy Change; Creating Coalition Durability; Using Philanthropy to Maximize a Coalition's Development Strategy; and Substance Abuse the Common Thread in Public Health and Social Issues. 
"The key that I walked away with is to work outside of the box.  We need to look at all the areas/ways that substance abuse affects the community and how when it  is prevented through the work of the coalition it saves the community money." Said Rankin
For more on this story and to read the youth testimonials click here-----> Midyear Article  
Iowa Partnership For Success Funds- Community Assessment
The SAFE Coalition is currently working on the Capacity phase of the IPFS (Iowa Partnership for Success) Grant. This requires the completion of a key document, the Capacity Workbook.
The Capacity Workbook requires the collection of information about the providers of prevention services in Van Buren County and how they do or do not work together. 
Coalition members are working to collect the required information to complete this document and identify the work being done in the community related to underage drinking and underage binge drinking.  During this process the coalition also hopes to connect with other partners in the community to help build the capacity of the coalition to address underage drinking and underage binge drinking in Van Buren County. 

The next steps for the IPFS Grant will be to use the data collected during the assessment phase
and the information from the capacity phase to identify local conditions and plan strategies to
make community change. 
For more information on the Partnership for Success funds you may contact the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at
Merchant Trainings
The next merchant trainings will be held in August for any business in the county who has employees who need to be trained.
August Trainings are scheduled for:
August 18th- 6pm
August 19th- 9am

The August trainings will be held at the Roberts Building in Keosauqua. RSVP is required for all training please call 319-293-6412 or email

Just a reminder to businesses: The coalition recommends three steps for training employees:
1) Orientation DVD (provided by the coalition)
2) VB SAFE Merchant Training
3) IPACT ABD Training (ABD Online)
For assistance with this process you may contact the coalition at the number or email above.  

Van Buren County SAFE Coalition - 405 4th St  -  Keosauqua, Iowa 52565