It is that time of year again!  We are in full grant-writing mode.  We are busy little bees working on the grant renewal for the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families. Part of the process is planning programming implementation in the area school districts, alternative settings, and in the communities for the 2018-19 year (July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019). You may be already aware, but the Bee Inspired Program has been providing FREE programming in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties for almost ten years. Just last year, the program expanded to also serve the GHV school district in Hancock/Cerro Gordo Counties.

The program is available to offer comprehensive programs in health-related education. Through the grant funds we are able to implement age-appropriate, medically accurate, and evidence-based curricula that meets the Iowa Human Growth and Development Mandate. The Program also offers supplemental/topical presentations to districts and alternative settings in the serving area. As a Certified Sexual Health Educator (CSHE), our Bee Inspired CAPP Program Coordinator is a resource to youth, schools, parents/caregivers, organizations, and community members on various adolescent sexual health topics. These supplemental presentations can consist of anything from relationships and teen dating violence, puberty, anatomy and reproduction, sexting/internet safety and prevention, STD/STI and pregnancy prevention, and more. Programming can also be adapted for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental needs. Additionally, we are able to provide programming that addresses non-sexual risk and protective factors (which may include pregnant and parenting teens).

The Bee Inspired Program is currently partnering with several school districts and alternative settings in the serving area. For the renewal process, we are looking for groups, agencies, or entities interested in partnering on youth-focused projects.  Additionally, we are seeking options to offer programming in alternative settings. Any suggestions and feedback are welcome regarding opportunities to reach out to youth, offer workshops/presentations to parents, caregivers, and other adults, and other additional programming possibilities.

To help with process, any input or feedback is asked to be submitted by 12pm on Monday April 9, 2018. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions.  Thank you in advance for helping to empower ALL adolescents in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties (as well as the GHV Community District in Hancock and Cerro Gordo Counties) to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness.

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