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Supporting Community: Empowering Kids To Be Successful

No one is sure who loses more sleep worrying about the decisions they have made…..parents or children.    Today’s parents have a more difficult time monitoring, disciplining and protecting their children.   Social media has created a whole new world and one that is difficult to navigate both for parents and young people.   Fortunately the Community Alcohol and Drug Education Team (CADET) and the Power of Prevention Program will be hosting a program for parents on Wednesday, March 26th at the Caribou Middle School entitled:  Empowering Kids to Be Successful.

Empowering Successful Kids:  Raising confident, caring young people takes intentional actions.   Positive actions by parents, teachers, neighbors, faith leaders and an entire community can help kids identify their “SPARK”!    “Sparks” is a metaphor for describing how young people experience talents, interests, or strengths that make them feel really happy, energized, and passionate, and that give them real purpose, direction or focus.  Research shows that kids who thrive have two important supports:  knowledge of what their sparks are and adults who support the development of those sparks.  So what are you doing to support the young people in your community?

The best supportive role that most adults can play is simply as a source of encouragement.   On Wednesday, March 26th, positive youth development expert, Lori A. Hoffner will share with us the impact of a strength-based approach using the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Asset Framework.  The evening will help parents, teachers, neighbors, faith based organizations, clubs , service organizations, youth sport coaches and any other individuals or groups that work with children to learn how they can empower local youth.

Hoffner was the Executive Director of PACCT, a small non-profit in Jefferson County, Colorado, for 11 years.   PACCT is an organization dedicated to the success of youth and community.  Following the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in 1999, Hoffner, through her leadership with PACCT was invited to help with the creation of Columbine Connections Resource Center, a community center dedicated to the healing of those impacted along with SHOUTS, a teen drop-in center for the youth of the community. She worked closely with leaders from mental health organizations, the school district, local law enforcement and park and recreation agencies. Lori is highly regarded as a network agent for community collaborations.

Hoffner’s experience in a variety of community roles has provided her with a wide range of situations where a unique set of strategies were required to address the issue(s) at hand. These experiences led to the development of Supporting Community giving Hoffner the opportunity to share her message and successes with communities and organizations nationwide.

Come join us at the Caribou Middle School at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th to learn how an entire community that provides intentional actions, support and encouragement can help all our young people THRIVE !