December 2014
SAFE Member News

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December Events



2nd- YLC Concessions

3rd- Decorate Trees

2nd-3rd- AC4C Retreat

16th- SAFE meeting



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


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             YLC Activities


Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council Members have been busy this holiday season. The students chose to again take part in helping to make the season a little brighter for the community. Van Buren High School YLC members spent a cold morning decorating the Christmas Tree that is in the

Keosauqua City Park. This is a project they look forward to

every year as it provides a festive look to the town as visitors approach from the bridge. The members that assisted with the decorating this year were; Tristan Sample, Chase Murphy, Emily Housh and Makinzie Fields.


YLC members also decorated a tree for the Lions Club Festival of Trees event. The students like to be able to give back to the community that has provided so much for them and they feel this is one way they can do so. They received donated ornaments and lights for the tree and chose a day to go out and decorate the tree according to the theme. They put a lot of work into the tree so that it looked great and brought a high bid for the auction. The

money raised from this event goes to the Christmas for Kids

program in Van Buren County and any contribution they can make to support the cause is great! The students who assisted with the tree decorating this year were; Kaylee Stockwell, Mekenzie Rodibaugh, Tempis Rysdam, and Sarah Thornsberry.

YLC members are planning for National Drug Facts Week coming up in January!



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

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities Include:
None in December or January
2-5th- CADCA Forum
25th- YLC Day on the Hill
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Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes:

None at this time.

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Partnership for Success Funds


The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition, with the school as the fiscal agent, submitted an application for the Iowa Partnership For Success Grant. This grant designated 20 counties with the greatest need to apply for these funds. They will select 12-15 of the applicants to receive the funds. These funds would be used to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework and address underage and binge drinking in our youth for the next 5 years. The coalition will be notified regarding the receipt of these funds on or around January 22nd.


ISTEP Conference Call
The Van Buren County YLC Coordinators Heidi Bainbridge and Melissa Daugherty were the featured speakers for the monthly conference call with Community Partnership Grantees across the state of Iowa. The topic of their presentation was working with youth and starting ISTEP chapters.  Both Melissa and Heidi spoke about how they operate their youth organization, how the group got started, some of the success they have seen with their youth organization and how they recruit members to the group. The participants were able to ask questions of Melissa and Heidi about the youth organization.
It was an honor to be selected to speak about the Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council. Being asked to speak at a state level is another example of the success that has been seen from the prevention work in our county.
Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools Opportunity


Van Buren Jr./Sr. High School was notified in August that the district was eligible for an

Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools Grant (IS3) for the 2014-2015 school year. The grant comes from the Iowa Department of Education with support from the Area Education Agencies to develop a measurement system for school climate and to implement strategies to improve the overall well-being of individuals that learn and teach in schools.


Van Buren is excited to be a part of this opportunity to provide better connections with our students. The action plan team consisting of Mr. Banks, Mr. Jones, Ms. Schiller, Ms. Thomas and Mrs. Chapuis has looked closely at the Iowa Youth Survey

(IYS) data from 2012 and identified our goal area to be 'students will report their teachers notice when they are doing a good job and let them know about it'. In 2012, 77% of our 11th grade students reported they agreed or strongly agreed to this

statement. Strategies will be implemented so the 7-12 building might see an increase from 77% to 100% in future IYS data. These strategies include written communication with each student on a monthly basis and the addition of some display

areas for student work. The district has established an IS3 student team and has submitted the action plan to the state during November. The plan will be approved and then implementation will begin in January with staff training. The plan will be rolled out from January to May with opportunities to measure the progress toward the goal throughout second semester.


Merchant Trainings
The next training will be held in December for any business in the county who has employees who needed to be trained.
December Trainings are scheduled for:
December 16th- 6:00pm
December 17th- 9:00am
The December 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.  
Van Buren County SAFE Coalition - 405 4th St  -  Keosauqua, Iowa 52565