April 2015
SAFE Member News
SAFE Coalition Offices Have Moved!
Due to the construction at the Van Buren High School the SAFE Coalition moved their offices the week of March 16th-20th. The new offices will be located at 701 Broad St. Suite 3 in Keosauqua. This is the former Funeral Home located on Highway 1. Our phone number, address and emails will all remain the same. Stop in and see us in our new location!

Check out the SAFE Coalition Website HERE!

April Events



2nd- PFS Contractor Mtg

21st- SAFE meeting

21st- SAFE Board Meeting

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


       YLC Calendar  


             YLC Activities  

YLC members were busy during the month of March with Kick Butts Day Activities and will continue to be involved in Activities during the month of April for Alcohol Awareness Month.

Alcohol Awareness Month Activities being planned at Van Buren High School include peer teaching, cups in a fence, lunch activity, sticker shock and media releases.


Both Harmony High School and Junior High students are planning Alcohol awareness Month activities as well which include; Sticker Shock, Peer Teaching and an Awareness Walk.


Be watching for these students activities throughout the month of April as they bring awareness to the dangers of Underage Drinking!



AC4C's Day on the Hill event in Des Moines was rescheduled for March 24th. Seven YLC members attended this event in Des Moines. They attended the Day on the Hill Training for youth to learn how to speak to their legislators and elected officials. The students then had an opportunity to meet with Senator March Chelgren and Representative Curt Hanson about issues that were important to them. The students also had the opportunity to sit in on a little of the House session while they were there for their visit. YLC member appreciate their elected officials taking the time to hear from them!


YLC members will be taking their semi-annual trip to Adventureland on May 2nd. Adventureland designates this weekend as Substance Abuse Free weekend and offers groups and organizations discounted tickets to attend on this weekend!


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:
March 30 - April 1, 2015
Des Moines, IA
April 28th, 2015
Ames, IA
Click Here for the ---> Training Calendar
Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes:

Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse
March 1 - April 1, 2015
Des Moines, IA

Kris Rankin


PFS Contractor Meeting
April 2, 2015
Des Moines, IA

Heidi Bainbridge & Kris Rankin

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Exit Interviews




The Van Buren Community School District with the assistance of the SAFE Coalition will again be conducting exit interviews with 8th and 12th grade students.


The intent of these interviews is to gauge the climate of the school building and learn more from students who are leaving the school. These interviews ask students to share their opinions of staff, academic offerings, guidance and student support. Students are interviewed by members of the coalition or community who do not have a direct connection with the students on a daily basis, the hope is that this will allow them to open up and be honest about their responses to the questions. Most of the questions are open ended and allow the student the opportunity to share how they feel without leading them to a specific response.


This will be the sixth year for these interviews and will offer the district an opportunity to see the trends over the last few years in the data collected. New questions related to school climate, school connections and the IS3 grant will been added to the interview questions this year.



For more information on the interviews or about the SAFE Coalition please contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or email at or check out the website at or on Facebook.  

Letters to Seniors
The Van Buren and Harmony Community School in conjunction with the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition, Van Buren County Sheriffs office and Elementary 5th graders will again be providing letters of encouragement to the graduating seniors at both Van Buren and Harmony High Schools.
These letters have become an annual tradition for the school and community. They offer encouragement, guidance and support to the graduating seniors, asking them to think twice about their decisions to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco around graduation time. The 5th grade letters are quite impactful as these young people look up to these seniors for guidance. This years seniors will also be receiving the letters that they wrote as 5th graders to remind them of their views and opinions as 5th grade students.
Other letters that are included in the packets include a letter from the school administration, the Van Buren County Sherrif and the SAFE Coalition.
To learn more about this project you may contact the SAFE Coalition Office at 319-293-6412.
Merchant Trainings
The next merchant training will be held in April for any business in the county who has employees who need to be trained.
April Trainings are scheduled for:
April 21st- 6pm
April 22nd- 9am

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

Businesses should have received their quarterly Merchant News in January. If you did not please contact the coalition to ensure you are on their list. Also if you would like to have this publication emailed to you on a quarterly basis please email 1) Business Name 2)Contact Person 3)Contact email to

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 Partnership For Success Funds
The IPFS (Iowa Partnership For Success) Grant began in February, thus far the coalition has not been given much guidance on deliverables.  The Project Coordinator, Kris Rankin, has attended a number of trainings to bring her up to speed on the concepts of the Strategic Prevention Framework.

Both Kris and Heidi Bainbridge, Project Supervisor, will be attending a required contractors meeting on Thursday, April 2nd to learn more about the deliverables during the first year of the funding. Once the coalition has this information the board will be updated on requirements.

A copy of the final budget, including projections for year two have been included in the board packet for your review.

For more information on the Partnership for Success funds you may contact the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at  


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