South Platte Communities United

Braiding Opportunities For Change

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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

You know that awkward moment when you are the only one at the zoom party.....hope to see you all there! More information can be found on the community events page.

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)

Check out the Environment and Youth tab to see what else these groups are up to!

We Make The Change has their own Insta! Check us out @ wemakethechange_co or just scan the QR code.

Community Updates

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Coalition Projects

Build community support to alter the physical environment

Englewood Civic Center Lion Statue
  • Community Improvement projects

  • Youth led Community PhotoVoice

  • Community PhotoVoice Forum

  • Community Citizen Budget Forum

Make community resources for housing more accessible

Family at new home in Sheridan
  • Community Housing Forum

  • Tenant/Landlord education

  • Collaboration with other community housing resources

Improve low employment and build local partnerships

Billboard with community flyers
  • Environmental scan of current employment initiatives

  • Collaboration with Arapahoe Douglas Works

  • Community workshops and outreach

Coalition Accomplishments

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.

Englewood Civic Center Sheridan Early Childhood Center buildingCU Health Services Sheridan Campus buildingCU Family Health Services building in SheridanFort Logan signFort Logan buildingSheridan Rec Center Tennis CourtsSheridan Recreation Center buildingSheridan High School signSheridan high school buildingSheridan Recreation Center signSheridan street with snow

How is South Platte Communities United funded?