October 2014
SAFE Member News

Check out the SAFE Coalition Website HERE!

October Events



1st- YLC Training

14-15th- Merchant Training

16th- OTC Literacy Event

21st- SAFE meeting

(Including Board Meeting)


YLC meetings have begun for a listing of all YLC meeting dates/times please visit the YLC website for more information:


       YLC Calendar



October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month


The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition will be doing a variety of small activities during the month of October to bring awareness to the dangers of Substance Abuse. The activities include but are not limited to:
  • Newspaper articles
  • Newsletter
  • Blog and Facebook Posts
  • OTC Literacy Event
  • Initiation of OTC program

Be watching for information from the coalition about Prevention Month!

             YLC Activities


YLC meetings have been held with all groups and there are close to 150 students involved in Youth Leadership Council this year!

The students have started having conversations about things they would like to do this year. Some of their suggestion included:
* Updated Tobacco Policy
* Smoke Free Areas
* Member duties
* More social media presence
* Sticker Shock
* Peer Teaching

YLC members will take part n their annual youth training event on Wednesday, October 1st. This will be for all Van Buren and Harmony YLC members to learn more about YLC and how they can make a difference in their community. This training will include the following workshops for students:
* Street Marketing
* Team Building
* Creative Prevention
* Prevention Planning
They will have a lot of fun while learning and planning for their year!


YLC members will meet monthly at each school for the remainder of the year. 

For a full listing of meetings it can be found on the YLC Calendar

If you (student grades 7-12) or your child would like to sign up for YLC visit the link online----> YLC Signup

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:

Click Here for the --->Training Calendar
Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes:
CADCA Coalition Advisory Council Meeting- Washington DC- Heidi Bainbridge
Prevention Conference-   Des Moines, IA- Kris Rankin

SAFE Coalition is on Social Media!
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OTC Literacy Forum
Plan to attend! 



Van Buren Elementary

Art Room 


The SAFE Coalition in conjunction with CADCA and Poison Control want to bring attention to the topic of Over The Counter (OTC) Medicine Abuse. October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and medicine abuse continues to be one of our nation's biggest public health challenges.


The goals of the event are:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of OTC medicine safety.
  • Learn about the OTC Literacy Curriculum.
  • Have a dialog about the safe use of OTC medicines.
  • Educate the community about the issue of teen OTC medicine abuse.



Additional information about medicine abuse and how you can get involved can be found on the Stop Medicine Abuse Website. If you are interested in getting involved with this initiative or want more information you can contact the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at  


  Early Out Wednesday's
The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition along with the Van Buren Community School District have been working to organize youth activities on Early Out Wednesdays. There are a variety of activities that will be starting in the month of October and more will be added throughout the year. The school and the coalition will be sending out information about all of the offerings to kids and parents so they are aware of the opportunities.
Starting in October:
*Clover Kids-4H- K-3rd Grade Students
1st Wed of Month (Oct. 1)
2:20-3:20- Douds Methodist Church
to sign up contact:

*Girl Scouts- Grades K-12 

2nd Wed of Month (Oct. 8th)
2:20-4:00- Douds Methodist Church
Contact: Amber Meixner-641-919-1229 
*Friends of Lacey Nature Program- 7-8th graders
 Oct. 15 & Nov 5th, 2:30pm- Lacey Keosauqua State Park
to sign up contact:
*Kid Wind- VB Extension 4th & 5th grade
Dates times and locations TBD


For more information on Early Out Wednesday offerings or to have your civic group or organization hold a program or event on a Wednesday please call the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or email
Merchant Trainings
The next training will be held in October for any business in the county who has employees who needed to be trained.
October Trainings are scheduled for:
October 14th- 6:00pm
October 15th- 9:00am
The October trainings will be held at the Roberts Memorial Center 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.  
Iowa Youth Survey
The 2014 Iowa Youth Survey is being held again this fall in school districts across Iowa. The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition will be assisting the schools in Van Buren County to administer the survey with all students in the 6th, 8th and 11th grades.

The purpose of the survey is to collect information about Iowa youth so we can better understand their beliefs, values, and decisions about what makes them feel secure, strong, and safe in their communities, schools, and families. In addition, information is collected about their ideas on alcohol, tobacco, drugs, bullying and harassment, and violence prevention. The information collected will help the state planning agencies, our schools, and local community task forces put together valuable future programming.
Results from the survey will be provided to the district in the spring once all data has been collected and tabulated from across the state. This data is helpful for the work of the SAFE Coalition and prevention in Van Buren County. It helps to identify the hot topics and direct the work of the coalition.
Additional information about the survey can be found on the Iowa Youth Survey Website. For more information you can also contact the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at
Van Buren County SAFE Coalition - 405 4th St  -  Keosauqua, Iowa 52565