2017 was an incredible year at Lake County Build a Generation!
We had the honor of partnering with many Leadville agencies, youth, and adults, each passionate about the Lake County community and committed to improving quality of life here. As a community, we witnessed a new level of community collaboration and out-of-school-time programming through Get Outdoors Leadville!; we heard from our community’s seniors — their stories, their concerns, and their desires for this community; we learned alongside one another and examined our implicit biases in an effort to build equity for everyone who calls this place home. With 2018 upon us, we are excited to continue to support these collective efforts to make Lake County a healthy place to live, work and play for all of our neighbors.
From all of us at Lake County Build a Generation, we hope you have a healthy and happy new year!
YOUTH MASTER PLAN UPDATE
2017 brought the official launch of Get Outdoors Leadville!, including the expansion of the Rockies Rock Adventure Camp to offer 8 four-day weeks of enriching summer programming for 1st – 6th grade students, plus many skiing, climbing, biking, hiking, and other nature-based learning opportunities. Thank you to GOL! and the many community organizations and individuals who are championing these Youth Master Plan goals:
- To prioritize, diversify and strengthen youth programming
- To improve collaboration, coordination and communication
among youth service providers
- To reduce barriers to participation
Other Youth Master Plan highlights include:
The Walking School Bus — part of the Active Living Coalition and Safe Routes to Schools — kicked off in October and continues to help get kids active in the morning as they walk to West Park Elementary and Lake County Intermediate School each Wednesday. Anyone interested in joining the Walking School Bus can contact Cailee Hamm at firstname.lastname@example.org information.
With data and information collected by youth researchers, the ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug) Coalition prioritized two community risk factors (things that may contribute to youth substance use):
- Favorable individual and peer attitude toward the problem behavior.
- Favorable parental attitude and involvement toward the problem behavior, and
The coalition prioritized “opportunities for a prosocial environment” as a key protective factor (something that may decrease or prevent youth substance use). In 2018, the group will identify strategies to decrease these risk factors and increase the protective factor. To learn or or to get involved, contact Jena Finch at email@example.com.
SENIOR MASTER PLAN UPDATE
After a year-long research and planning process, Lake County Build a Generation is wrapping up the Lake County Senior Master Plan. As part of the research phase, Senior Community Connectors conducted over 1000 hours of interviews with local seniors to identify key needs. The Photovoice exhibit of photographs from our senior connectors has been traveling around Lake County and can also be viewed online.
The “needs assessment” and “best practices” sections of the plan were presented to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 29, the Leadville City Council on Sept. 19, and Community Coffee on Sept. 27.
Keep an eye out for the published report in 2018!
HEALTH EQUITY UPDATE
A highlight from the 2017 Health Equity work was the Second Circle Community Dinner and Implicit Bias Training, hosted by Full Circle and Lake County Build a Generation. The turnout for these events was great, with 50 attendees at the community dinner and 68 at the Implicit Bias Training.
The Housing Coalition began work on the Housing Needs Assessment as part of its effort to address affordable housing concerns. On February 7, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Lake County High School cafeteria, there will be a community meeting to help identify issues related to affordable housing in Lake County. Dinner, child care and interpretation will be provided. To learn more about the Housing Coalition, contact Nichole Glaser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jena Finch recently joined Lake County Build a Generation as a Youth Master Plan Coordinator (Project Lead on Communities that Care). Working with the ATOD Coalition, Jena works to reduce youth substance use, reduce overall substance abuse, and improve mental health in Lake County.
To learn more about this work or get involved, contact Jena at email@example.com.
Lake County Build a Generation has hired Kevin Ruiz and Alex Perkins as youth interns to assist with Youth Master Plan projects related to the ATOD and Active Living coalitions. These youth will also serve on the Youth Master Plan Steering Committee.
Kevin and Alex bring valuable youth perspective to the Youth Master Plan work and are determined to help decrease substance abuse for teens.
Walking School Bus Champion
The Walking School Bus Champion is responsible for organizing a Walking School Bus from Eagles Nest Apartments to West Park Elementary. He or she will have the assistance of the Lake County Build a Generation Active Living/Safe Routes to School Coordinator. For more information, contact Cailee at Cailee@lcbag.org.
GOL! Healthy Kids Director Position Available
The Get Outdoors Leadville (GOL!) Healthy Kids Director works with local partners to connect Lake County youth to the outdoors through year-round out-of-school time programs and youth internships. LEARN MORE >>