At the beginning of the final Lake County community housing presentation on July 16, Leadville Mayor Labbe spoke to the audience about his conversations with local businesspeople, who explained in desperation that a large number of their employees had to live out of their cars in order to work in Lake County. The Mayor’s story highlights how the housing crisis is impacting the health of Lake County residents.Issues of health and well-being impact each and every resident in Lake County. Whether it’s youth substance use, access to care and community connections for seniors, healthy eating, or affordable housing, we are committed to helping Lake County find sustainable solutions to issues of health, health inequities, and health disparities.Thank you for supporting and continuing to be a part of what we do.
YOUTH MASTER PLAN: Youth internship program continues to grow
Lake County youth are full of great ideas, positivity, and passion for our community. Verania Rodriguez (pictured left), a recent intern, loved working at Lake County Build a Generation: “Working as a youth intern at Lake County Build a Generation has been such an amazing experience. I’ve never had a job where my opinion was valued and appreciated like it was here. I’m so thankful to have been able to be part of all the work.”
Lake County Build a Generation is now hiring four part-time interns for the 2018-2019 school year!
CTC Youth Interns We are seeking two CTC youth interns to work on preventing youth substance abuse and increase mental health outcomes in Lake County. As an Intern, you will help organize a mass media campaign, attend monthly workgroup meetings and gain valuable professional development skills. Please read the full intern Job Description.Tobacco & Behavioral Health Interns
We are seeking two Tobacco & Behavioral Health Youth Interns to work on research around tobacco use in Lake County and assist with the Speak Now campaign to help educate parents on how to talk to youth about substance misuse. These interns will also provide youth voice at monthly committee meetings and gain valuable professional development skills.
Learn how to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol
Are you a parent in Lake County?
SpeakNow Colorado offers parents a number of resources online aimed at substance abuse prevention, including suggestions on how to talk to your kids about alcohol and drugs, as well as a section on knowing what is and is not legal for youth.
ADULT HEALTH UPDATE
30 seniors from Lake County enjoyed a beautiful train ride on Sept 7th. To see a calendar of upcoming events at the Senior Center, along with fun updates, read the October edition of Lake County Senior News.
Oct. 11 Lunch and Learn offers tour of Healy House Museum The Leadville Senior Center invites seniors to lunch and a free guided tour of the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin on Thursday, Oct. 11. The event is part of the center’s monthly Lunch and Learn series. Seniors will enjoy lunch on the grounds of this historic museum beginning at 11:30 a.m. and then receive a small group tour of the museum beginning at 12:30 p.m. In inclement weather, lunch will be served at the Senior Center. Please call 719-486-1774 to make a lunch and tour reservation.
Fiestas Patrias Celebrates Latinx Culture
Residents and guests were able to celebrate and learn about Lake County’s rich Latinx heritage during the Sept. 8 Fiestas Patrias parade. The event was organized by Lideres Latinos and Women’s Empowerment Group of Full Circle.
Lideres Latinos Leadville is a group of people from different nationalities who have committed to work on social justice in favor of the immigrants in Lake County. Lake County Build a Generation supports the work and mission of Lideres Latinos because feeling welcome and part of a community is important to the health and well-bring of any individual.
Food Access Coalition Seeks to Understand Barriers to SNAP Enrollment
Lake County Build a Generation and the Food Access Coalition hired a contractor to do an assessment of our SNAP enrollment and access to Cloud City Farm. Among other responsibilities, the Assessment Contractor will design and implement a community assessment that will identify barriers to enrolling in SNAP and/or eating locally-grown produce in Lake County, particularly for community members at or below 200% of poverty.
Oct. 4 marks the beginning of another 5-week session of FoodHealth classes. This Fall, 15 members ofWomen’s Empowerment will learn about topics such as fad diets, what is a healthy diet, kid-friendly cooking, snacks, healthy oils, how to cook meat healthfully, portion control, cooking from planning, and heart-health.
The Cloud City Farm will provide take-home boxes of fresh farm produce to participants at each class as long as the growing season lasts. The Food Access Coalition is beginning to form a FIT (FoodHealth Implementation Team) to plan and execute a Spring/Summer class where participants may even get to plant the seeds to grow the very vegetables they will cook throughout the class!
Fire Safety Open House Noah and Eudelia, our respective Resilient Lake County Manager and Coordinator, brought games and prizes to the Fire Station on Sept. 29.Lake County Build a Generation has been working with the Leadville/Lake County Fire Department and the Red Cross to install smoke detectors in manufactured homes in Lake County.
Final Housing Assessment Meeting Draws Crowd
The final Lake County community housing presentation by Economic and Planning Systems (EPS) took place on July 16. One key finding of the housing needs assessment is that more than half of Lake County residents are not able to afford current Lake County housing prices. The Lake County Housing Coalition is now working to implement some of the strategies presented by EPS.
Lake County Agencies Learn the Benefits of Community Organizing
On August 16, 9to5 Colorado presented a training on community organizing to folks from Lake County Build a Generation, Full Circle, and Lideres Latinos. Among other takeaways, we learned the history of community organizing and specific techniques used in effective community organizing.Miss the community organizing training and want to learn more? Check out the presentation.
Brayhan Reveles is the new Healthy Eating/Active Living (HEAL) Coordinator at Lake County Build a Generation. In this position, he supports Lake County Build a Generation’s efforts to improve health outcomes for youth and families in Lake County by promoting and advancing active living work.
Brayhan attended Lake County Schools, the High Mountain Institute, and is currently finishing a degree in Bilingual Outdoor Education at Colorado Mountain College.
LCBAG is currently hiring a HEAL Manager to oversee our work to promote healthy eating and active living (HEAL) in Lake County. He or she will facilitate the Food Access Coalition and oversee a HEAL Coordinator focused on Active Living work. In addition, he or she will work on a statewide project to build a health equity advocacy field, particularly as this work relates to food access.This position is open until filled. This position starts immediately.