Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) Program Opportunity

Youth in Philanthropy Program in Hamilton County
Applications for High School Juniors due December 17th!

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) Program allows juniors and seniors from Hamilton County to experience philanthropy first hand, by reviewing grants and awarding monies steered by their decisions to assist local non-profit organizations.  A total of eight area students (four juniors and four seniors) participate in the Youth in Philanthropy Program and represent both the South Hamilton and Webster City Community School Districts.

Student Advisory members will receive a $250 scholarship for each year they participate as a Youth in Philanthropy member for a maximum scholarship of $500 from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation.

For more information on the Youth in Philanthropy program, contact Tiffany Larson, Committee Chair, at tlarson@co.wright.ia.us or by calling (o) 515.602.6371 x 4 (c) 515.835.1836.

Tentative 2018-2019 Timeline:

  1. YiP Advisory Committee members will be recruited through an application process (students can be recommended by school guidance counselors and educators, outside agencies, and more). The Advisory Committee will consist of four (4) students from South Hamilton High School and Webster City High School (2 juniors and 2 seniors), plus the YiP Program Chair, Tiffany Larson of Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families.   For the 2018-2019 School Year, the students that served last year will be given the opportunity to serve again this year.  This excludes the students that graduated.  The empty spots will then be filled via the recruitment process.
  2. Goal: To engage youth in understanding the importance of philanthropy and introducing them to causes/needs throughout Hamilton County.
  3. Requirement: The Advisory Committee would perform under the same guidelines and act alongside the EHCF Grant Review Committee, by reviewing all incoming grant applications during a specified grant cycle.

Each member will be required to attend initial orientation meeting(s), tentatively set for January/February, to discuss the vision of the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and to go through grant process including scoring information and deadlines. The meeting(s) will be led by Tiffany Larson (YiP Program Chair), with Rick Young (EHCF President) and Darcy Swon (EHCF Development Director) in attendance to answer specific Foundation questions.  Each YiP committee member must review each grant score according to the Rubric that will be provided. There will be an Individual meeting and large group meeting(s) to help score.  The totals will then be submitted to Darcy Swon (EHCF Development Director) for compilation. Tiffany Larson will share the scheduled sessions (with South Hamilton and Webster City) for YiP committee members to come and ask questions if they are needing some assistance understanding the grant application and process.  At the meeting(s), YiP committee members will gather to discuss the applications and compile their recommendations. YiP committee recommendations will be submitted to the EHCF Foundation Board for review and approval. The ECHF Board will determine the total amount of funds that the YiP program can grant out per cycle prior to the grant cycle commencing.

YiP committee representatives will be a part of the EHCF Grant Awards presentation on March 5, 2019.  All committee members MUST be in attendance to receive their scholarship(s).

  1. Scholarship: To entice students to participate in this program, each YiP committee member will receive $250 per year they serve on this committee. For those serving two years, they will receive a $500 scholarship. New this year is that all committee members MUST attend the Awards presentation in March to receive the scholarship. Tiffany and Darcy will generate a press release regarding the YiP program for distribution through local media, social media and the Foundation’s website.

For more information about the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, the tools they offer the YiP Program, or additional questions, feel free visit their website at http://www.enhancehamiltoncounty.org, or contact Darcy Swon at 515.835.0437 or via email at dswon@enhancehamiltoncounty.org.

2018-2019 Grant Cycle-Tentative Dates

  • YiP Program Advisory Committee Applications Due—Monday December 17th
  • YiP Program Advisory Committee Members notified—prior to December 24th
  • All EHCF Grant Applications Due—Monday December 31st
  • YiP Advisory Committee Orientation/Meeting (South Hamilton and Webster City students together) — Sunday January 6th or Sunday January 13th (Location TBA)
  • Initial Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Grant Review Committee Meeting with YiP Members —Thursday January 10th in Webster City at inTANDEM Workspace (Time TBA)
  • Committees Review Grants – week of January 13th (South Hamilton and Webster City review separate from the adults)
  • Grant Review Committees—week of January 21st (interviews with EHCF Board & grant applicants, if needed)
  • Board Meeting—Wednesday February 13th (EHCF Board meets for approval of grant funding recommendations)
  • Grant Applicants notified if receiving funds or not— week of February 18th
  • Grant Awards Ceremony – March 5th at Briggs Woods Conference Center (YiP Program Members must attend to receive scholarships)

2019 YiP Member Application

EHCF_YiP APP 2018-2019

 

 

2018 “Triple A” Recipients Honored: 3 Receive Approachable Adult Awards

May was Teen Empowerment Month, and throughout the month youth and adults were asked to nominate individuals they felt met criteria for the Triple A, Approachable Adult Award. In June, the Bee Inspired CAPP Program and Advisory Council selected three very valuable members of the serving area to receive the honor. The winners of this distinguished award went to Leah Feltz (Hamilton County), Heather Nielsen (Humboldt County), and Sara Abbas (Wright County), for their amazing work with youth, and for being approachable adults for youth.  The award recipients received Bee Inspired “swag bags” and plaques, thanking them for their dedication to youth.

Prom and graduation season, followed by the long summer months tend to be a time when risky behaviors increase for youth. The Bee Inspired Council’s mission is that all youth be empowered to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness. Having approachable adults are fundamental to the success of youth. Approachable adults are the ones who inspire and motivate youth to stick to their goals, and encourage them to be healthy and successful. The recipients of this award do just that.  They work diligently to build connections in both their personal and professional lives to build connections that are positive and authentic with youth.

The Bee Inspired Council’s goal with this award was to highlight adults who are approachable for youth, in an effort to encourage other adults to do the same. Criterion for the “Triple A” were the adults had to be considered ASKABLE, where they actively listen to and provide feedback in a non-judgmental manner. Secondly, they had to be someone who strives to BUILD BRIDGES with youth, by engaging them in conversation and activities. These special adults use “teachable moments” when the opportunity knocks, and they not only educate youth on healthy behaviors like brushing their teeth and eating their vegetables, but also cover “tough topics” like relationships, self-esteem, body image, drugs & alcohol, and/or sexual health. Many provide safe spaces and activities for youth to engage, and do it in a teen-friendly manner. Lastly, the Approachable Adult had to be someone that CONTINUES TO LEARN ways to enrich youth-adult connections. This could be through community and youth involvement, positive youth development, service-learning projects, attending workshops or classes for ongoing learning and mentoring, and more. Awardees had to live and/or work in Hamilton, Humboldt, or Wright County, be a parent/caregiver, teacher/educator, coach, neighbor, mentor, role model, and be someone who shows good character and demonstrates a positive impact with youth.

Leah Feltz serves as the County Youth Coordinator through the Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach Office. She was nominated for being a “great resource for ALL youth in Hamilton County, including those in 4-H and not in 4-H. She is willing to be a helping hand, listening ear, or smiling face for youth across Hamilton County. This includes being a leader for Hamilton County’s Youth Council, teaching leaders through Ricochet at the Webster City Middle School, teaching middle-schoolers about healthy snacks, and more.”  The individuals went on to share that Leah also served as a substitute teacher for Hamilton County schools before serving as County Youth Coordinator. She had multiple nominations for being an approachable adult. One anonymous individual mentioned, “besides her witty charm and inviting charisma, Leah’s approachability as an adult is built upon her relentless pursuit of engaging youth and creating a place for them to be heard and empowered. Her work as county youth coordinator, especially through the 4-H program, not only builds leaders but gives all youth a sense of belonging. She is intent on building bridges whether it be culturally, economically, socially, etc. She helps brings groups and individuals together everyday to work together for the greater good. She sees the best in people and brings it out in them. Youth are drawn to real people who show real love and really believe in them. She’s one of those people, and you can see it through the multitude of relationships she’s formed with the youth of our county.”

Heather Nielsen is a teacher in the Humboldt School District. She works with both middle and high school-aged youth. She was described by her nominators as being “a champion for her students” by being askable and “always continuing to look for new ways to meet the needs of her students.”  Another mentioned her “consistent pursuit to connect students with resources in the community.” Another individual highlighted “Heather’s ability to enhance youth-adult connections.” The have personally witnessed her efforts when she took on the teacher advisor role of the Rotary Interact Club in Humboldt. Heather didn’t hesitate to help with becoming the teacher advisor for the “mini Rotary” club, where it bridges the adult Rotary and the youth Rotary so that they can carry out the same objectives of Rotary and their service-based programming efforts.

Sara Abbas is a Nurse at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Wright County. She was nominated for being an “amazing mentor for children in the community and clinic. She is well known for her kindness, concern and consideration for all young people. She is readily available at all times, and volunteers time and service.”  Sara’s nominator mentioned her being known to have large groups of kids at her home, where she provides food and a place for someone to stay as needed. “She has a great rapport with all ages. She is very approachable and has at times assisted kids with tough questions about a multitude of health issues and answers very professionally, yet in a manner that is easily understood. She grew up in Wright County and has remained there for most of her life.” The individual shared that Sara would talk to her daughters when they were younger and she always made them feel they were very important and they could go to her with everything. They still feel this way today. “Sara attends most of the high school activities, and makes herself available to help out when needed.”

Thank you to all the individuals who nominated adults in your community. There are so many working to make positive impacts on to youth. We will be seeking nominations again next year, so “bee on the lookout” for approachable adults in your community. For more information on the Bee Approachable Award (Triple A), the Bee Inspired Program, or the Advisory Council feel free to contact Tiffany Larson, the Bee Inspired Program Coordinator.

Movie Event: Grease on Monday 6/18/18

 

 

 

 

 

The Buzz is…We’re Sponsoring “Grease” to Encourage Youth-Adult Convos
The Bee Inspired Program and Advisory Council invite community members to a FREE showing of the movie, “Grease”. The event is scheduled for Monday June 18, 2018 at 7pm at The Webster Theater, located in Webster City. The 1978 classic “Grease” is a musical set in the 1950’s. The movie covers the big high school moments for Sandy and Danny at Rydell High: the big pep rally, the school dance, worrying about image, and falling in love. June 2018 will be the film’s 40th Anniversary.
The mission of the Bee Inspired CAPP Program is to empower ALL youth to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties, as well as the GHV School District Area in parts of Hancock and Cerro Gordo Counties. This includes increasing youth and adult conversations. It is important for parents, caregivers, and other adults to be Askable, Build Bridges with youth by using teachable moments to talk about “tough topics”, and Continue to Learn ways to “bee approachable”. The Council felt that this film was made in the 70’s, was set in the 50’s, and shines a light on issues that are still relatable to youth TODAY in 2018 (i.e. cliques, substance use, relationships, social and cultural barriers, and other sexual health topics). The goal is for members of the community to come to the FREE movie; with parents/caregivers or other adults and youth attending together. From there, with the help of a discussion guide, be encouraged to go home and have open dialogue on these various topics.
DISCLAIMER: This classic movie is Rated PG. However, due to some mature themes, profanity, and sensitive content (i.e. substance use and sexual health topics) it is recommended for viewers age 12 and older. The Council is leaving it up to the discretion of parents and/or caregivers on whether their youth attend the event. We are asking that youth under the age of 14 attend with an adult. For those with concerns, below are resources and reviews on the film.
1. Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/grease
2. IMDB: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0077631/parentalguide?ref_=m_tt_stry_pg
The Bee Inspired Program Advisory Council invites the public to attend this free community showing of “Grease” as we wrap-up activities from May’s Teen Empowerment Month, and the summer break gets in full-swing. This is the time of year when risky behaviors increase for youth. It is so vitally important for youth and adults to increase communication. The discussion questions provide an opportunity to do just that. For families to TALK. The movie provides many messages and themes that are worth discussing. The admission will be FREE, with approximately 200+ seats available on first come first serve basis. The concession stand will be open, and patrons will be responsible for purchasing their own snacks. For questions or information on the movie event or the Bee Inspired Program, individuals may buzz over to our social media accounts, or contact the Bee Inspired CAPP Program Coordinator at 515.602.6371 (ext. 4) or beeinspiredcappprogram@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

To energize individuals about the upcoming Movie Event: Grease, BEE IN THE KNOW about our BUZZWORTHY TIDBITS on social media!

1. Posts with trivia, polls, facts, & more related to the film will be on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram).
2. Youth & adults (12+) that live &/or work in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties (or the GHV School District area in Hancock/Cerro Gordo Counties) that comment correct answers on the buzzwothy trivia or tidbit posts will be entered to win various prizes.
3. Individuals that Snap a picture with 50’s or Grease-themed decor or costumes in the time period (mentioned below) and share the photo to this PINNED POST on FACEBOOK will also be entered for a chance to win a prize.
4. Individuals that Snap a photo with 50’s or Grease-themed decor or costumes in the time period and share to a social media platform using the hashtag “beeinspiredHHW” will also be entered for a chance to win a prize. Note: We are only able to see photos that are set to public setting, so you are more than welcome to submit to us via our account or via email to post for you.
5. Our goal is to submit a new post daily, so individuals may enter photos daily AND answer questions daily for a chance to be entered.
6. Every picture and/or correct answer has the chance for you to earn a prize, sponsored by the Bee Inspired Program and the Advisory Council.
7. This will be taking place today (June 7th) until the evening of the event (June 18th).
8. Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook or another social media platform. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Page/Account, and not to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
9. Have fun, and thank you for helping us empower ALL youth to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness in our serving area!
10. An additional contest is bee-ing held the NIGHT of the event. Movie-goers are being encouraged to attend the event in their best 50’s &/or Grease-themed attire. Prize(s) will be distributed for best costume…& possibly more!

Gearing up for 2018-19 Programming

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.

SHIFT Happens Youth Program to Host Annual Dodge For A Cause Event on 2/23/18

Are you ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge? Students in 5th-12th grades, as well as families and/or community members, are invited to participate in the Annual Dodge For A Cause Dodgeball Tournament, sponsored by SHIFT (Students Helping Impact Future Teens) Happens. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 23, 2018 (with a back-up date set for March 23, 2018 in case of inclement weather). Check-in starts at 5:30pm, with the “first throw” following at 6:00pm. The event will be returning to Jeff Gym, located at the Webster City Middle School (1101 Des Moines Street) in Webster City. Teams of 8-10 members per team are welcome, and registration is only $5 per participant (or $50 per team).
There will be three (3) tournament brackets again this year; Middle School (5th-8th grades), High School (9th-12th grades), and a Community/Family Combo bracket. Any 5th-12th grade student in Hamilton County, as well as families, businesses, non-profit or civic groups, or community members are invited to pick their team, choose their theme, dress it up, and participate in this fun, substance-free event. Individuals may also support the cause by coming to the tournament, sponsoring a team, donating door prizes, or purchasing t-shirts. Admission for spectators will be free-will-donation. All funds raised will go toward the launching of a Youth Mentoring Program in the community. Webster City Rotary After Hours will be partnering on the SHIFT Happens efforts this year, as their February Civic Project! An added perk is the option to challenge a team. Want to play against your rival on the court? Want to challenge another family, group, or business? We can do our best to make that happen. Send a “Dodgeball Throwdown Challenge” via Social Media by following the rules on our Facebook page.
SHIFT Happens focuses on making an IMPACT in the community by helping teens be Above the Influence, and sponsoring awareness and prevention events that help make a difference for others. It is coordinated by the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families.  Several events were held over the last eight years to increase awareness in the community on various prevention topics, including alcohol and other drugs. The past dodgeball tourneys raised funds for the Jorden Leeper Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund, the re-opening of the Webster Theater, SHIFT Happens to offer substance-free youth activities, and to purchase items that increase peer engagement and inclusion in the special education classrooms throughout the school district. This year the SHIFTers are raising funds that will assist a local collaborative positively IMPACT youth in the community. Youth want positive, authentic youth-adult connections. By training adults in the community to serve as mentors for adolescents, the program is not only bridging a gap; but also helping to build happy, healthy, independent, and successful children and families in a community where all youth are able to thrive. SHIFT Happens encourages the community to help rally for this great cause!
Questions? Want to know how to register? Call Tiffany Larson at 515.602.6371 x4, or email shifthappenshamco@gmail.com. Registration forms are available in the Webster City Middle School and Webster City High School offices, Mornin’ Glory, & inTANDEM Workspace. Online registration opens 1/31/18 at http://getmeregistered.com/DodgeForACause. T-shirts are also being sold for $15 ($18 for plus sizes), with proceeds going to the cause. Stay up to date by following SHIFT Happens on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,  or our website.

The Buzz is…Bee in the Know with Buzzbee!

The Buzz is…
The Bee Inspired Program has a new mascot! Bee sure to bee on the lookout for “Buzzbee” sharing BUZZworthy tidbits in the serving area.  Thanks to funding from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention(CAPP) Grant through EyesOpenIowa, we were able to launch the “Bee in the Know” Social Media Marketing Campaign.

The first phase of the campaign kicked-off during “Let’s Talk Month” in October. This consisted of a “name the logo” contest. This strategy helped to bring the updated bee logo to take life as the Program’s new mascot. An online nomination contest was held for individuals (both youth and adults) to submit names for the bee. “Buzzbee” was selected as the grand prize winner, and the nominee was an adult from Hamilton County.

The second phase of the campaign is underway. The Program has been working with a marketing consultant to design variations of Buzzbee to use with “Bee in the Know” topics on our social media platforms. Bee sure to check out posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. A life-size variation of Buzzbee will soon be traveling with the Bee Inspired CAPP Program Coordinator to various events across Hamilton, Humboldt, Wright, and parts of Hancock and Cerro Gordo Counties.

The third and final phase will wrap up by June 30, 2018. Animated videos and clips of Buzzbee are being created to use on the Bee Inspired YouTube Channel and SnapChat. These videos will be imbedded into the bee-inspired.org website. Stay tuned for updates on those launch dates.

Themes for ALL content have been provided by the Bee Inspired Advisory Council, local Hamilton County youth and adults, and other individuals from the serving area. The goal is to empower ALL adolscents to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness. The buzzworthy tidbits by Buzzbee will draw individuals (youth and adults) to tips, tools, programs, services, and other resources focused around adolescent sexual health topics.

Have questions? Want to submit a certain theme for us to cover? Feel free to share your ideas by submitting feedback in the link provided below or here.  Thanks for buzzin’ by, and Happy 2018!

Buzzworthy Tidbit Feedback Form:  https://goo.gl/forms/iyN68veIm8EMcU6U2

 

Name the Bee Mascot & Let’s Talk!

It’s that time of year again…October!  One of our favorites!   It means schools are celebrating Homecoming and School Pride, coffee shops are serving up Pumpkin Chais, and we of course are celebrating Let’s Talk Month.  Each year we jump on board the opportunity to raise awareness and education for crucial conversations on “tough topics” with youth and adults.  Let’s Talk Month (#LTM) is recognized both locally and nationally.  The campaign is dedicated to helping parents/guardians and children/teens talk about relationships and sexual health topics in an open, honest and comprehensive way. The hope is to turn “the talk” into an ongoing conversation, one in which both young people and their parents/guardians feel comfortable and confident!

This year for #LTM, the Bee Inspired Program through Building Families is launching the “Name the Bee Mascot” Contest.  It is the first part of the “Bee in the Know” Marketing Campaign kicking-off in the serving area.  Youth and adults in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties may submit entries to help name our “bee” and bring them to life for use on our social media platforms throughout the year. Our “busy bee” will then be empowering ALL adolescents in the tri-county serving area to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness through snaps, videos, and more!

Name the Bee Mascot Contest Details:

  1. Youth AND/OR Adults may submit ONE name PER DAY.
  2. One youth OR adult from the tri-county area will be selected as the one winner.
  3. Entries may be submitted until the deadline of 12:00 pm on 10/10/17.
  4. Youth and/or adults submitting entries must attend school/alternative setting or live and/or work in Hamilton, Humboldt, or Wright Counties.
  5. Mascot name submissions MUST be appropriate.  It is highly recommended that they fit the bee logo and the Bee Inspired Program brand.
  6. Those entering MUST abide by all Contest Rules and Agreements. Contest Rules and Agreements
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  7. Submit entries online or via email to beeinspiredcappprogram@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 


***Special thank you to Enhance Hamilton County Foundation for partial funding of the Bee in the Know Marketing Campaign.

FREE MOVIE! Advisory Council Sponsoring “The Breakfast Club” to Encourage Youth & Adult Conversations

The Bee Inspired Advisory Council invites community members to a FREE showing of the movie, “The Breakfast Club”.  The event is scheduled for Monday June 19, 2017 at 7pm at the Webster Theater, located in Webster City.
“The Breakfast Club” is the story of high school students spending time in Saturday detention.  The youth discard their differences to discuss situations that brought them together that day.  Originally released in 1985, stars Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, and Judd Nelson bring to life the characters and the pressures that youth found to be similar amongst their different social groups.
The mission of the Bee Inspired CAPP Program is to empower ALL youth to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties.  This includes increasing youth and adult conversations.  It is important for parents, caregivers, and other adults to be Askable, Build Bridges with youth by using teachable moments to talk about “tough topics”, and Continue to Learn ways to “bee approachable”.  The Council felt that the film shines a light on similar issues that teens today are facing (i.e. cliques, bullying, substance use, mental health, sexual health, social and cultural barriers.  The goal is for members of the community to come to the FREE movie; with parents/caregivers or other adults and youth attending together.  From there, with the help of discussion guides and conversation starters, be encouraged to go home and have open dialogue on these various topics.
DISCLAIMER:  This classic ‘80s movie was originally Rated R due to its mature themes, profanity, and sensitive content (i.e. substance use and sexual health topics).  Therefore, the Council is leaving it up to the discretion of parents and/or caregivers on whether their youth attend the event.  Youth under the age of 18 MUST attend with an adult.  For those with concerns, below are resources and reviews on the film.
1. Common Sense Media:  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-breakfast-club
2. IMDB:  http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0088847/?ref=m_nv_sr_1
The Bee Inspired Program Advisory Council invites the public to attend this free community showing of “The Breakfast Club” as May’s Teen Empowerment Month activities wrap up and the summer break kicks-off.  This is the time of year when risky behaviors increase for youth.  It is so vitally important for youth and adults to increase communication.  The discussion questions provide an opportunity to do just that.  For families to TALK.  The movie provides many messages and themes that are worth discussing.  The admission will be free will donations, with funds going directly toward youth programming and services offered by the Bee Inspired Program through Building Families.  The concession stand will be open, and patrons will be responsible for purchasing their own snacks.
For questions or information on the free movie or the Bee Inspired Program, individuals may contact the Bee Inspired CAPP Program Coordinator at 515.602.6371 (ext. 4) or beeinspiredcappprogram@gmail.com.

Triple A Award Launched

It’s that time of year again. Prom is kicking-off in the tri-county area this weekend, and graduation is right around the corner. Summer will be here in a blink of an eye. This is the season when risky behaviors tend to increase for youth. It is important for youth to know how to stick to their limits, and be empowered to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness. It is important for youth to know skills, and have access to tips, tools, and resources for staying ABOVE THE INFLUENCE. Above the influence of drugs, alcohol, and other pressures.  Having approachable adults in their lives that encourage and motivate them to stick to their goals, and be healthy and successful are also extremely vital.

So, what exactly is an approachable adult? An approachable adult is someone that youth can talk to in open and honest dialogue. Someone that is considered ASKABLE, and actively listens and provides feedback in a nonjudgmental manner. Someone that strives to BUILD BRIDGES with youth by engaging them in conversation and activities. Someone that uses “teachable moments” when opportunity knocks. Someone that not only educates them on healthy behaviors like brushing their teeth and eating their vegetables, but covers those “tough topics” like relationships, self-esteem, body image, drugs & alcohol, and other sexual health topics. Someone that CONTINUES TO LEARN ways to enhance youth-adult connections; through involvement, positive youth development, service-learning, workshops and classes for ongoing learning, mentoring, and more. Approachable adults help to build healthy and successful youth, as they strive to become our future mentors and leaders.

The Triple A (Approachable Adult Award) is being launched by the Bee Inspired Program as part of Teen Empowerment Month in May. Youth and adults may nominate individuals in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties that they feel are “approachable” adults to youth ages 13-19. From those nominations, up to one adult from each county may be awarded the honor of the Triple A Award. Nominations are open until 4pm on 5/4/17. The award recipients will then be notified by 5/15/17.

Nomination Criteria:

1. Adult must live and/or work in Hamilton, Humboldt, or Wright County

2. Adult should be someone that is Askable, Builds Bridges with youth ages 13-19, and/or Continues to Learn ways to enhance youth-adult connections

3. Adult should be someone that is a parent/caregiver, teacher/educator, coach, neighbor, mentor, role model, and/or someone that shows good character and makes a positive impact in the lives of youth

Those wishing to nominate an individual that they feel embodies what it means to “bee approachable” may follow the link to the online registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JXCWTGK, send an email to beeinspiredcappprogram@gmail.com with the required information, or mail a hard copy to:

Building Families

%Bee Inspired CAPP Program

120 1st Ave NW

Suite 14

Clarion, IA 50525

Questions? Contact Tiffany with the Bee Inspired Program at (o) 515.602.6371 (ext 4) or (c) 515.835.1836.

October is Let’s Talk Month: A time for honest youth-adult conversations on tough topics!

October is “Let’s Talk Month,” a time to highlight the importance of communication and openness between adults and their children to help young people develop positive, healthy attitudes and behaviors about sexual health. This month, families across Iowa will have honest conversations about the facts, feelings, and questions they have about healthy relationships and responsible sexual decision making.  Iowa families are not alone in recognizing October as “Let’s Talk Month,” as Advocates for Youth is the leader in nationally recognizing this month. In Iowa, EyesOpenIowa: Your Connection to Adolescent Sexual Health, and others will encourage teens and parents/caregivers to talk about healthy sexuality and other sexual health topics.

Research indicates that young people who feel connected to their family and clearly understand their family’s values concerning sexual health and relationships are more likely to avoid risk- taking behaviors. Teens report that they want to receive information about sexual health topics from their parents and caregivers. Moreover, a majority of teens agree that it would be easier for them to postpone sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.

Not an expert?  Don’t worry, we have you covered! Parents, teens, faith and civic groups, schools, health providers and others interested in learning how to start these honest conversations can reach out to their local adolescent pregnancy prevention coalition, funded by the Iowa Department of Human Services Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Grant Program. In Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright (HHW) counties, the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families will be promoting the Let’s Talk Month Campaign. Be on the lookout for activities, events, and resources shared throughout the tri-county serving area and on social media.

  • Conversation Placemats at Local Restaurants
  • Distributing “The Talk Toolkits” (provided by EyesOpenIowa
  • Zombie-Themed Family Fun Activities at Kidzmania (10/15 in Fort Dodge) and the 3rd Annual Zombie Fun Run to Prevent Child Abuse in HHW Counties (10/22 in Eagle Grove)
  • Right Choice Teen Clinic in Clarion for teens ages 13-19 from HHW Counties

Information on Bee Inspired programming for TEENS can be found here.  Buzz around the adult portal here. EyesOpenIowa has resources for parents here.Want more info on Let’s Talk Month?  Check out Advocates For Youth here.

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