Fall Newsletter | October, 2018
Illuminate Quarterly Newsletter
Fall 2018
Fall is here and almost gone already! As you enjoy the crisp fall weather, changing colors, and getting into the rhythm of the school year, here are a few updates on Illuminate Colorado's work to build strong families and prevent child maltreatment! Scroll on down for:

  1. September Recap
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Upcoming Trainings
  4. Introducing New Illuminate Staff Members
  5. Illuminate is Hiring! New Job Opportunities
  6. Featured Resource
September Recap

Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference - Thank you!

Thank You to everyone who made the conference such a wonderful event! Attended by nearly 600 people, the Conference featured 60+ breakout sessions covering topics from across the spectrum of child maltreatment prevention.

A heartfelt thank you to all who attended, to the speakers, keynote speakers, and distinguished guests.

At the conference Illuminate Colorado presented the inaugural Leadership Awards, dedicated to recognizing Coloradans preventing child maltreatment. Click here to learn more about the awardees and their work!

The next Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference will be held in Fall 2020.


FASD Awareness Month

September marks the time of the year where FASD awareness, education, and community collaboration comes to the forefront, and this year was certainly no different. This September Illuminate not only hosted a BreakFASD event but also...
Upcoming Events
Kappa Delta 5k Benefiting Illuminate Colorado
On October 28th Kappa Delta at Colorado State University invites you to the first 5K Halloween Hustle to help raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America and Illuminate Colorado! This is a family friendly event where there will be a costume contest for all age groups, so wear your best and most funky, crazy costume you have! Check in will start at 8:30 am at Spring Canyon Park and the race will begin at 10 am. Throw on your Halloween costume and join us for a 5K full of fun, candy, lawn games and local vendors!

Prices:  
Regular Participant: $25 (10 and over)
Child: $5 (9 and younger)
Group: $105 (5 people)

Colorado Gives Day 2018
Mark your calendars and support Illuminate Colorado on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 4,
2018. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours.
When you donate to Illuminate, you’re helping to ensure that all youngsters in Colorado live the safe, healthy, joyful childhoods they deserve.

To donate on Colorado Gives Day, click here.

Or, beginning November 1, schedule your donation early!

Upcoming Trainings
CWTS Training: Foster Authentic Engagement with Families around Substance Use!
Assessing for risk and safety when parents use substances calls for increased comfort in talking with families about their substance use and possible impacts on children. 

Join us for the two-day course  Enhancing Practice with Families Impacted by Substance Use  and your confidence in navigating substance use concerns will be through the roof!
Now featuring live simulations, this updated course allows you to truly practice the skills you rely on when working with families impacted by substance use.
Learners earn 13 credit hours for completing this classroom learning experience.

Please note that The Substance Use Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces WBT is a prerequisite for this course.

Go To ColoradoCWTS.com and sign up for free to enroll in this and other CWTS courses!
Seats are available in the upcoming November 7 & 8 training!
Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development Train the Trainer
We are currently accepting applications for Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development Train the Trainer

When: November 6th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: The Illuminate Colorado Office

Please click here to apply.
For more information, contact Alissa Kalish: akalish@illuminatecolorado.org .

This workshop was developed to foster healthy, nurturing relationships that support
healthy growth and development of children. In this course, participants will become certified to train this comprehensive approach to preventing child sexual abuse. This class is appropriate for
parents, caregivers, early childhood providers, home visitors, and other professionals and volunteers working with children and families. This course will focus on common sexual development in children and the range of sexual behaviors and also provide information on how to respond to sexual behaviors in children and answer questions that children may have.
Introducing Our New Team Members
We are excited to introduce several new team members!
Alissa Kalish - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program Manager
Alissa Kalish is the new Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program Manager with Illuminate Colorado. Alissa's professional background includes working with children and families within the Foster Care and Child Welfare Systems providing services to encourage reunification and permanency. Alissa also has experience working for a Child Advocacy Center, as a Drug Endangered Children Services Coordinator, Family Advocate, and Forensic Interviewer. Alissa feels this position encompasses not only areas that she has experience in, but areas that she is extremely passionate about, including education, advocacy, and family support. Alissa lives with her partner outside of Denver, and comes to us from Nashville, Tennessee. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.
Katie Coulter - Office Coordinator
Katie is the new Office Coordinator. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Katie moved to Denver in 2016 after earning her Bachelor's in Philosophy to work in the nonprofit sector. She is excited to be supporting the work of Illuminate Colorado.

She enjoys hiking in the mountains, painting & photography, travelling, baking, and reading.

Ari Cohn - Social Work Intern
Ari comes to us from Somerville, Massachusetts and is in her first year at the University of Denver graduate school of Social Work. Ari's last role was as a recreation program administrator at the JCC in Newton, MA and she spent her summer at Pikpa Refugee Camp in Mytilini, Greece volunteering with children's activities. Being new to Denver, Ari is looking forward to exploring the city and the beautiful mountains! 
Karl Nadon - Social Work Intern
Karl is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Social Work through Colorado State University. Karl is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and received his Bachelor of Psychology degree from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2014. The majority of Karl’s work experience has been in direct care and case management for agencies providing home and community based services to individuals experiencing intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Since moving to Denver in 2016, Karl has worked as a Case Coordinator for Denver Health’s in-patient substance abuse program.

Illuminate is Hiring!
Illuminate Colorado is looking for exemplary candidates for a number of new positions:
  • Strategic Initiatives Manager
  • Family Support Services Program Manager
  • Substance Exposed Newborns Program Associate

Please visit illuminatecolorado.org/staff-board/ for details on each position and to apply.
Featured Resource: Colorado Department of Education Draft Marijuana Use Prevention Resource Bank
Legislation creating the Draft Marijuana Use Prevention Resource Bank (S.B. 17-025), also known as the Jack Splitt Memorial Marijuana Resource Bank, was  signed into law  in June of 2017. The statute directs the Colorado Department of Education to create and maintain a resource bank for public schools consisting of evidence-based, research-based and promising materials and curricula pertaining to marijuana use prevention.

This resource bank provides public schools in Colorado the tools necessary to help address marijuana in the age of legal recreational use for adults. In addition to a broad group of stakeholders, users of the bank are invited to provide feedback with suggested improvements. The goal is to provide useful resources for schools in Colorado, while ensuring consistent updates for new promising practices and programs.
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