February is #TDVAM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen dating violence is more common than people think.  Did you know that 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience some form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults?  Nearly 2/3 of those youth will never tell anyone.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a month-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness about teen dating abuse.  Every February, people across the United States join together for the cause. Locally, the Bee Inspired Program Advisory Council and its collaborative partners are rallying to raise awareness to help prevent and end the cycle. This year, Crisis Intervention Service and the Bee Inspired Program through Building Families are teaming up to provide tips, tools, and other resources on the topic geared toward youth, parents/caregivers, schools, and the community.  Our goal is to encourage open and honest dialogue about teen dating violence.  We hope that you will join in our efforts.

You can help spread awareness by participating in our local efforts this February.  Below are three small and actionable ways you can be involved. Check out the graphics, and be sure to also checkout loveisrespect.org and breakthecycle.org for more resources.

  1. Get the FACTS, Start EARLY, & TALK Often—Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationship. However, dating abuse can happen to anyone. To help make a positive difference in changing the attached statistics, we encourage you to share these facts, promote healthy relationships, and have open and honest conversations on teen dating violence. We’ve shared a flyer with 5 statistics.
  2. Respect Week—Below are ideas for raising awareness about healthy relationships and dating abuse. You may choose to implement one or all of these throughout the week of February 9-15.
  3. Wear Orange—The ask is simple, wear orange and show your support for Teen Dating Violence prevention on Tuesday February 11, 2020. We’ve provided a sign (in English & Spanish) you may choose to use in your photos.

For more information and resources, feel free to follow us on social media, or contact us at:

Tiffany Larson, Bee Inspired Program through Building Families, tlarson@co.wright.ia.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaylea Green, Crisis Intervention Service, kaylea@cishelps.org

 

 

 

 

Be sure to follow our daily #1Thing tips, tools, & resources on our social media.  They will be posted on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook.  Videos will be shared to the Bee Inspired YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s theme is #1Thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll be sharing “Talk About Tuesday” videos on Tuesdays in February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are additional resources (Statistics, Respect Week, & Wear Orange Day)!  Contact us for the pdf version of the files!

Bee Inspired Program through Building Families: A Successful Bidder in Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Program Awards

On Friday May 31, 2019, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Agency announced their intent to award funding to successful bidders for the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Program Grant. The Bee Inspired Program through Building Families is proud to announce that they are one of the several successful bidders to receive this funding. The formal contract will take effect on July 1, 2019, for the serving area of Franklin, Hamilton, and Wright Counties.
In January 2019, DHS released the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Program Local Service Project Grants Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purposes of implementing Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention strategies across the state at the local level. Agencies were eligible to apply for the grant funds in an effort to reduce the rates of Adolescent pregnancy and Adolescent childbearing in Iowa communities by implementing Evidence-Based, Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention strategies to youth in Iowa. The programming is to be inclusive of gender identity and gender expression, with specific attention and programming offered to High-risk/High-need populations. Services provided as a result of this procurement may vary amongst the awarded bidders, but shall be provided to Adolescents (non-pregnant, pregnant, or parenting), parents/caregivers, and community members including but not limited to, youth-serving organizations, Out-of-Home Placement residential facilities for Adolescents, schools, and/or faith communities. More specific details on programming and services to be offered in Franklin, Hamilton, and Wright Counties by the Bee Inspired Program through Building Families will be shared after the contract is finalized.
The Bee Inspired Program through Building Families has been providing services and programming in Hamilton, Humboldt, Wright Counties since 2008 through the CAPP Grant. Over the last couple of years, they expanded services into the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura School District Area in Hancock/Cerro Gordo Counties, and just this last year expanded into Franklin County.
This new fiscal year and new CAPP Program Grant award will bring several changes. The biggest being an updated service coverage area. It is with a heavy heart, the Program announces discontinuation of services in Humboldt, Hancock, and Cerro Gordo Counties effective June 30, 2019. As mentioned above, the Program intends to serve Franklin, Hamilton, and Wright Counties effective July 1, 2019 (pending the finalized contract with DHS). Additionally, programming and services will look a bit different starting in the new fiscal year. However, the Program will be continuing to provide vital adolescent sexual health programming, services and resources in the communities that assists in accomplishing the goal to decrease the rates of sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs), adolescent pregnancies, and additional pregnancies to pregnant/parenting adolescents. By being awarded the CAPP Program Grant for at least three additional years, the Bee Inspired Program through Building Families is able to continue their mission to empower ALL adolescents to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness!


The Bee Inspired Program would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the youth, parents/caregivers, school district educators and administrators, community providers (especially the Public Health entities and staff), businesses, civic and non-profit organizations, Council Members, Board Members, community champions, and other individuals that have supported and/or been involved in the programming and services over the years, in Humboldt County and the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura School District Area within Hancock/Cerro Gordo Counties.We appreciate the relationships that have been built in an effort to help children and families be happier, healthier, and more successful; especially  around the education, prevention and awareness of adolescent sexual health topics.

SHARE YOUR TALENT Challenge Deadline 6/17/19

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bee Inspired Program through Building Families encourages youth ages 13-19 that live in or attend school in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties to enter the SHARE YOUR TALENT Challenge. It is one of several activities wrapping up Teen Empowerment Month in May. It is an opportunity to share their voice and talents, while to taking an active role in empowering their peers to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness.

We are calling all future writers, directors, actors, actresses, musicians, artists and more to take part in the Challenge. The contest is part of our recognition of Teen Empowerment Month in May. Peer to peer messages can be very powerful, and are an important prevention tool. The contest is designed for youth in the tri-county area to develop video/movie clips, photography, music, art, poetry, or some other form of medium that are creative, unique, medically accurate, age-appropriate, and meet the challenge criteria.

The theme for the Challenge is “Bee Empowered”. Healthy, happy and successful youth are essential to the well-being of every community. For this Challenge, we are asking youth to share how they are empowered to be happy, healthy and successful. It can be for them personally, tips for other youth, building youth-adult-connections, or more! Need Ideas? Here are a few:
• Share a response to, “I am powerful when…”
• Respond to, “How are you empowered to make healthy, informed decisions?”
• Highlight ways youth can “bee empowered” to be healthy, or more!
If they wish, youth may also include (but are not limited to) tips or information on getting the facts, setting limits and boundaries, being safe and protected, healthy relationships, teen health and/or sexual health topics, responsibility, STD or pregnancy prevention, resisting pressure(s), accessing resources, having conversations with approachable adults, or other topics related “being empowered” to make happy, healthy and informed decisions as a youth.

Local classrooms, after-school programs, individuals, and/or groups of youth are eligible to enter the SHARE YOUR TALENT Challenge. Entries are due by 4pm on June 17, 2019. The winning entry will have the chance to win a $100 cash prize, and additional prize opportunities for other entries. All winning entries will be recognized by the Bee Inspired Program prior to June 30th.

For more information on the challenge, additional activities in the tri-county area for Teen Empowerment Month and the program; please contact Tiffany with the Bee Inspired Program at tlarson@co.wright.ia.us, or buzz on over to our social media platforms or www.bee-inspired.org.
Each entry must submit the following forms:

TEM Talent Challenge Submission Form-Media Release
TEM Share Your Talent Challenge2019