South Platte Communities United
Braiding Opportunities For Change
What is South Platte Communities United?
The South Platte Communities United (SPCU) coalition, along with the We Make The Change For A Better Tomorrow (WMTC) youth coalition, are part of Communities That Care (CTC). CTC is an evidence-based prevention initiative that is focused on strengthening relationships between adults and young people in order to create healthy, inclusive, and supportive environments in a community.
In 2016, SPCU and WMTC brought this initiative to the communities of Englewood and Sheridan. These groups of adults and young people have dedicated their time to further promote the CTC initiative by:
Improving opportunities for positive youth development
Fostering community safety
Strengthening community relationships
The coalition has four focus areas:
Sheridan Fall Virtual Forum
Sheridan Community Mural Photovoice Project
Exciting news! It is finally time to launch and promote the first phase of the Sheridan mural project with the Sheridan Community Mural Photovoice for the month of November. The South Platte Communities United coalition’s environment workgroup and We Make The Change youth leader board has been working diligently with our community partners in planning a Sheridan Community Mural Photovoice project.
What is a Photovoice you might be wondering?
A Photovoice is most simply a photo with a caption. We know the old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. With a Photovoice a person can submit a photo along with a short write-up (maybe a paragraph at most) that addresses a question posed. The pictures can then be collected and shared along with the comments to demonstrate how a group may answer a question and discover themes. For our project, the Photovoice is looking to find areas of improvement in the community where we can then place a youth-led mural come the spring of 2021.
Sheridan Mural Photovoice project timeline
Phase 1: Photovoice project (month of November)
Phase 2: Sheridan Virtual Community Fall Form ( December 2nd being offered at 11-noon and 5-6pm via Zoom)
Phase 3: Youth workshops and painting the mural (February – May)
We Make The Change has their own Insta! Check us out @ wemakethechange_co or just scan the QR code.
Build community support to alter the physical environment
Community Improvement projects
Youth led Community PhotoVoice
Community PhotoVoice Forum
Community Citizen Budget Forum
Make community resources for housing more accessible
Community Housing Forum
Collaboration with other community housing resources
Improve low employment and build local partnerships
Environmental scan of current employment initiatives
Collaboration with Arapahoe Douglas Works
Community workshops and outreach
Coalition Activities and Meetings
Activities: South Platte Communities United participates in annual events including Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference, Public Health in the Rockies, CADCA, and CO Parks and Recreation Collaborative Youth Summit: Gen Z.
Meetings: South Platte Communities United coalition meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held every 4th Thursday of every other month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In April, the coalition will be meeting earlier on the 16th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Community Room in the Englewood Civic Center.
Location of meetings vary due to community members donating space. If interested in attending, please contact us for details on meeting location.