FIRST MONDAY MEMO - November 6, 2017
Eyes On....New Staff Kirsten Brown
and Jasna Blazevic!
Kirsten Brown, WISE Program Manager.
Meet Kirsten Brown! Kirsten joined us in October to begin heading up our WISE Iowa project. She has degrees from both Washington University in St. Louis and St. Olaf College in MN. Kirsten came to us from Des Moines Public Schools, where she served as school social worker. Her background also includes program management, research assistant and case management. Prior to obtaining her MSW, Kirsten spent some time in Seattle, WA working in an emergency shelter for homeless families and providing after-school programming at a community center. Kirsten strongly believes that ALL youth need and deserve the information to make healthy, informed choices, and she is looking forward to using her skills to enhance sex education in WISE schools across the state. We are so excited to welcome her to our team!
Jasna Blazevic, Accounting Assistant
This is Jasna Blazevic! Jasna joined us at the end of September as our new part-time accounting assistant. She comes to us from the Des Moines area, where she also spends time as a personal trainer. Jasna obtained a degree from Grand View University and has great experience with office management, so she will be doing some of the behind-the-scenes work to keep EOI running smoothly! When asked why she wanted to get involved with EyesOpeIowa, Jasna said she believes youth often fall between the cracks as many other issues in society take precedence. She credits EOI to providing a wealth of knowledge for teens on sexual health and relationships, allowing them to make educated decisions about their daily lives. Welcome, Jasna! We are so happy to have you here!
Highlights of the 2017 Annual Conference: Respond. Relate. Resonate.
Another fantastic EyesOpenIowa conference in the books! We want to send a big THANK YOU to all who joined us this year at the Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines/Urbandale for Respond. Relate. Resonate.--we couldn't be happier to have shared these two wonderful days of learning, growing, and engaging with all of you. 

We'd like to give a special shout-out to our keynote speakers   Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder, Vanessa McNeal, and  Lisa Olcese; our workshop presenters  MaryAnn McLeod, Patti Sorensen, Vicki Gassman, Paula Paider Licht, Kristen Lilla, Christian Hoeger, Abby Patterson, Courtney Adam, Dr. Jamie Sebring, Elizabeth Fry, Emily Miller, Samantha Carwyn, Megan Smith-Sallans, Tamra Jurgemeyer, Shinita Crawley, Heather Roby, Asia Nash, Allison Barber, and  Alyssa Watts; our exhibitors, our roundtable hosts, and our sponsors.

You can find several photos of the conference on our Facebook page. Below you'll find just a few of our favorite moments!
A few attendees taking part in the photo booth.
One of the many fantastic workshops offered! Here is Samantha Carwyn offering a workshop on Polyamory/Ethical Non-Monogamy
A group of attendees engaging in a roundtable discussion during lunch.
Check Out the Winning T-Shirt Contest Design!
 
Voting is closed and we have our winning design! Congratulations to the designer (who wishes to remain anonymous)--We absolutely love your work!

And a big THANK YOU to all who submitted a T-shirt design; we have enjoyed getting to see such creativity and passion from each of you!

We now have the winning design printed and ready for purchase in 3 different colors and many different sizes. You'll soon be able to find it in our online store with the rest of our EOI merchandise. Keep an eye out for it in the next few days!



Let's Talk Month Around the State
This past October was Let's Talk Month! This is a month dedicated to fostering important conversations between adults and teens on a variety of topics including relationships, sexuality, drugs/alcohol, and other general teen heath issues. 
City of Waterloo Communications Director Cindy Knapp Bowman, TFY's Jill Gilmore, and  Waterloo Mayor Hart

As always, our CAPP grantee sites did an excellent job highlighting Let's Talk Month in their communities and providing resources for the parents and teens they work with to begin having these conversations. Great job, everyone--keep up the fantastic work!



Enjoying one of the activities offered at the fundraiser
One example of this awesome work was
given by Together for Youth of Waterloo, Iowa . Together For Youth decided to hold a fundraiser recognizing Let's Talk Month at a local establishment called Rudy's Tacos. Their event was attended by city council members, coalition members and volunteers, school personnel, former program participants, Waterloo's Mayor Hart, area legislative representatives, and many more! This fantastic support lead to a raised total of over $1,000 to continue supporting this important work !Congratulations, Together For Youth! Thank you for continuing to make parent/teen conversations a priority.

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars!
Webinar: Sarahah...Wuh? What it is and What We Need to Know
December 7, 2017
This webinar will highlight the popular new app "Sarahah" and will dive into what it is, how teens are currently using it, and how we can address any concerns regarding the app within our communities.

January 23-24, 2018
Join us for an interactive two-day training on the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! curriculum. We will dive into the curriculum, model lessons, discuss sexual health best practices, and equip all participants to facilitate this curriculum in their schools and communities.
Thanks to a generous grant, this training will be  free of charge
 
February 12-13, 2018
A highly interactive two-day training that is full of engaging activities and discussion around a variety of sexual health topics. This training will help lay the foundation for new educators and is a great refresher for those already in the field. This training will build core skills. Participants will leave feeling confident and "awesome"!
 
February 21, 2018
This dynamic training that is a fun way to learn about puberty, reproductive anatomy, and contraception. Participants will learn how to teach/discuss these topics to youth by engaging in numerous, easy to recreate activities. Participants will leave this training with a better understanding of the topic areas, as well as resources to use with youth.
 
February 22, 2018
This training will help participants increase their knowledge of the basics of HIV, AIDS, and other STDs. Participants will learn about the history of these diseases, testing, treatment and prevention, as well as best practices for teaching on these subjects. Participants will leave with up to date information and teaching tools and strategies.

All in person trainings are held at EyesOpenIowa in West Des Moines, IA
Scholarships are available for most classes -  click here  to inquire

Please click the button below to contact Emily Miller with any training questions. 
Upcoming Conferences Worth Noting
Atlantic City, NJ
December 6 - 9, 2017

Ann Arbor, MI
April 23 - 24, 2018
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Extended Adolescence: When 25 is the new 18.

Are you looking for ways to teach youth about healthy relationships using examples from pop culture? We have been working hard to create a list of songs and movies that can be used as examples or openers to start a meaningful conversation. This list will be updated and improved every month as new songs and movies are released. Let us know if you would be interested in subscribing to receive this information by clicking on the button below and selecting "the talk help", as well as any other newsletters you are interested in receiving, on the option list! 
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