Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is one source of information for Communities That Care.

Every two years Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is administered in local junior and high schools throughout the state. Communities That Care uses the survey when determining areas in which young people are struggling as well as where their strengths lie. We have some strengths, in that young people from this region (Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers counties) are more likely to participate in an extra-curricular activity and volunteer their free time unpaid in their community than other regions across the state, said Kristin Carpenter in a recent newsletter. “We also have some areas that could use a little work.”

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Carpenter also included a few important dates and opportunities:

“Rocky Ford Health Department is having a Back to School Immunization Clinic on Aug. 24 and 25. For information call (719) 254-5300.

“Tri-County Family Care Center has a Community Resource Guide available on their website that casts a wide net over what’s available locally so I wanted to be sure each of you have a copy. (719) 254-7776

“The local Team for Family Success Interagency Oversight Group is now accepting grant applications until Aug. 31. These grants are excellent opportunities for those who work with or in a child-centered field. If interested contact Kendra Smith, CMP Coordinator, Southeast Health Group.

“Lastly, the tri-county area now has our very own Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA Program. This is an amazing volunteer program for community members who are interested in helping children and acting as their voice in a courtroom setting. To inquire about how you can volunteer or help out, see attached flyer and contact Shaun Rains, program supervisor.”