October 2015
SAFE Member News
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October  Events
October -
13-14th- IPFS Implementation  Training
20th- SAFE Board Meeting
20th- SAFE meeting
28th- Youth Training

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

             YLC Activities  

YLC has kicked off for the 2015-16 School year. All groups have had their initial sign up meeting and the numbers of students involved is great! There are over 100 kids who are interested in making a change in their school and community around the issues of substance abuse!


The students will be holding monthly meetings at each of the high schools in the county and will also have groups in both middle schools. These students will begin planning their year and deciding on strategies at their meetings in October. 


The students will have the opportunity to take part in a Youth Leadership training on October 28th at the Roberts Building in Keosauqua. These students will learn how to implement street marketing activities, develop their workplan for the year and learn about the SPF process. Two YLC members who attended the CADCA NYLI training in August in Indianapolis, IN will be facilitating the SPF process. Emily Jester and Cheyenne Schmitter will share what they learned at the training and engage their peers in conversations about how to make change in the community. 


Upcoming Events:

*Youth Leadership Council Training- October 28th




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More information on YLC activities, a meeting schedule or YLC forms- they can be found on the YLC website!

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities Include:
Oct 6-8th
Charleston, WV

October 13-14th
Des Moines, IA
CPPC 101
October 22nd
Richland, IA

November 10th
Des Moines, IA
November 17-19th
Seattle, WA
Click Here for the ---> Training Calendar
Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes: 

Implementation and Evaluation Training- (IPFS Required)
October 13-14
Des Moines, IA
Kris Rankin, Heidi Bainbridge, Melissa Daugherty

IPFS Contractor Meeting (IPFS Required)
November 9th
Des Moines, IA
Heidi Bainbridge, Kris Rankin

Prevention Conference (IPFS Required)
November 10th
Des Moines, IA
Kris Rankin

NPN Conference
(IPFS Required)
November 16-19th
Seattle, WA
Kris Rankin, Heidi Bainbridge
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DFC Extension

The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition has received funds from the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the last 10 years for the Drug Free Communities Project. This grant ended on September 30th, 2015. The Coalition applied for and received a no-cost extension for three months to spend out remaining money and complete a couple of projects that are still being worked on. At the end of December, 2015, the coalition will no longer have Drug Free Communities Funds to support their projects. The coalition is being sustained via the Iowa Partnership For Success Funds as well as the Community Partnership for Success. To view the Drug Free Communities Extension Workplan you can find it by clicking here----> SAFE website. For more information on the SAFE Coalition or funds that support the coalition you may contact the SAFE office at 319-293-6412 or via email


Drug Take Back Event

 On September 26th the annual Drug-Takeback event was held at locations across the United States. Keosauqua held their event locally at the Senior Citizen Center in Keosauqua. During the event 25lbs of medications were collected, which is one of the highest amounts the county has seen in their takeback events. This was added to the nationwide total of drugs that were collected.


The goal of this event is to get un-used and expired medication out of circulation and disposed of properly. This eliminates the chance of youth obtaining access to these medications for use other than that in which it was intended. If you have medication in your possession (other than controlled substances) it can be returned at any time at Lee Pharmacy via the Iowa Takeaway program. 


For more information on this event you may contact the SAFE Coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at

Iowa Partnership For Success Funds- Planning and Implementation

The IPFS (Iowa Partnership for Success) Grant has completed their first year of the project. This meant the completion of three key products, the Community Assessment Workbook (CAW), the Tri-Ethnic Readiness Survey and the Capacity Workbook.



As the Project moves into its second year the coalition will be focusing on planning and implementation based on the community assessment completed in year one.


Project staff, coalition members and the evaluator will be attending trainings and conferences in the next couple of months to prepare them for planning, implementation and evaluation.


October 13-14th- Implementation & Evaluation Training- Des Moines

November 9th- Contractor Meeting- Des Moines

November 10th- Iowa Prevention Conference- Des Moines

November 17th-19th- National Prevention Network Conference- Seattle, WA


For more information on the Partnership for Success funds or if you are interested in getting involved with the planning and implementation you may contact the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at 

Merchant Trainings
The  SAFE Coalition held merchant trainings in August for the entire county. There were 2 employees from 1 business in attendance for these trainings.  The next merchant trainings will be held in October for any business or event in the county who has employees who need to be trained.
October Trainings are scheduled for:
October 20th- 6pm
October 21st- 9am

October trainings are all 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.  
Community Involvement
The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition is seen as a community resource for any events involving the sale and consumption of alcohol. The SAFE Coalition can help civic organizations and businesses who want to sell alcohol ensure that they are doing so responsibly and that the alcohol is not ending up in the hands of minors. This is true for two community events that happened (are happening) this fall.
The coalition assisted the Rotary in ensuring responsible sales of alcohol for the Chili Cookoff that was held on September 19th. The coalition provided an id scanner for the group to use to check ids as well as signage and other supplemental materials to support the group.

The coalition will be assisting the Chamber in an event they are hosting during the Fall Festival the weekend of October 9th.

The coalition encourages any community group or business who is interested in the sale or service of alcohol to please contact the SAFE coalition to ensure all requirements in Iowa Code Chapter 123 are being met as well as resources that can assist them in having a successful event.

For more information on coalition services you may contact them at 319-293-6412 or via email at    

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