South Platte Communities United
Braiding Opportunities For Change
What is South Platte Communities United?
Our Mission: To promote positive youth development and to prevent youth substance use.
Vision: Sheridan/Englewood is a passionate community ready to make strides towards a progressive future which fosters and empowers youth to obtain a life without drugs/violence. We will continue to work towards a unified community, focused on substance use prevention, where all have the ability to live a healthy lifestyle.
Sheridan y Englewood son comunidades dispuestas para luchar por un futuro progresivo que cultiva jóvenes decididos a obtener una vida positiva sin drogas y sin violencia. Vamos a conseguir una comunidad unida, enfocado en la prevención del uso de sustancias, donde todos luchan por el bienestar de los miembros de nuestra comunidad.
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. The group has analyzed 2017 and 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) data and recognizes that economic instability is a common theme in both communities. Economic instability not only contributes to employment, housing, and environmental challenges but can also contribute to negative health outcomes among young people.
SPCU is dedicating its time to upstream prevention by implementing strategy-level projects to address these challenges to move the needle on economic instability and ultimately reduce negative health outcomes and behaviors that young people may be exposed too.
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
Coalition Goal: By 2021, youth will live in a more unified safe community where they will have access to prosocial activities that promote healthy living through increased availability of needed resources and services to improve youth social and emotional well-being.
CTC Process Chart
The coalition has four focus areas:
Improve low employment and build local partnerships
Environmental scan of current employment initiatives
Collaboration with Arapahoe Douglas Works
Community workshops and outreach
Make community resources for housing more accessible
Community Housing Forum
Collaboration with other community housing resources
Build community support to alter the physical environment
Community Improvement projects
Youth led Community PhotoVoice
Community PhotoVoice Forum
Community Citizen Budget Forum
Click on this link to sign-up for one or all of the workshops! A reminder email will be sent out the morning of each workshop (Wednesday) with the zoom link, please make sure to pre-register before then so we can get a head count. Participants will receive a Grub Hub gift card and certificate of completion after each workshop. Volunteer hours for painting the mural can be counted. https://forms.gle/exzSvnERC3TJBDJ9A
The zoom link for each of the workshops can also be found here. Feel free to save it to your email calendar or phone reminder: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/97551863456
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.