U Moustache for Consent

U Mustache for Consent: I saw this amazing campaign on consent education and promotion and brought it to Bright Future Foundation.

Bright Future Foundation serves all of Eagle County in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, intervention, and on-going counseling much like the Advocate Safehouse Project in Garfield County. Bright Future Foundation offers a full compliment of professional services that help to break the generational cycle of violence by providing immediate relief to families in need.

Bright Future Foundation

I believe that this initiative will promote consent as the norm for healthy relationships and aligns well with the missions of both Garfield County PREP and the Bright Future Foundation. Bright Future Foundation provided extensive support and guidance for the campaign and helped bring my U Mustache 4 Consent campaign to Eagle County through the schools and other community opportunities!

In an unexpected twist of good timing and good fortune, Bon Iver, a Grammy award-winning musical group, contacted Bright Future Foundation in July of 2019 to ask if the foundation would like to partner with their band with the goal of donating to, working with, and promoting the work of local violence prevention organizations over the course of their tour. Bon Iver, through online auctions, event auctions, and merchandise sales was raising funds that they would then reinvest in the communities that came out to support them and enjoy their music.

On September 2nd, Bon Iver played at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail! Bright Future Foundation invited me to join them at the event, and it was through the generosity of Bon Iver in granting a platform to the foundation that the U Mustache 4 Consent campaign was officially launched. The reactions of the community were staggering.

Bright Future Foundation had a table with information, sign up sheets for volunteers to work with local youth as Buddy Mentors and to sign up to help with the 24/7 crisis hotline, and had printed up U Mustache 4 Consent stickers and posters. Volunteers handed out fake mustaches and opened conversations with all sorts of people. Together, we engaged youth, vendors, locals, visitors, people working with Bon Iver, security, and the police in discussing the importance of consent and how to work together to prevent violence and sexual assault.

There was a hugely positive response, the message resonated with the people, and Bright Future Foundation, Bon Iver, Project We Care Colorado and I collaborated to simultaneously promote consent education, involve youth through positive engagement, and work to expand community empowerment.

Ultimately, together we will bring the U Mustache 4 Consent campaign and educational program to our peers in the schools, to the community, and who knows, far beyond our Eagle County borders. But this is just the beginning.

Gift Ideas This Holiday Season

Are you looking for holiday gift ideas that will bring the family together this holiday season?
Family Traditions

Would you like to avoid the Black Friday mentality of materialism and create family traditions that are long lasting and memorable?

This past summer, the PREP Summit offered a full day’s training on Media Literacy, and in a few days Garfield County PREP will embark on its first Film Intensive Project of youth voices. In the theme of things, here are some gift ideas for awakening the family and keeping the focus this holiday season.  A few extras are thrown in to support kids in India and Africa as well.

Try one or try them all. Either way, you’ll stand apart from the crowds and avoid being trampled! Happy Shopping!

Miss Representation

Plan a family movie night and watch Miss Representation. Teach your kids to have a critical eye to the messages media sends. Media literacy is needed if we want to make empowering women and girls a priority. It’s needed for girls, boys, young and old. Garfield County PREP is interested in helping you tell your story. Contact [email protected] to get involved in a film project today.

Common Sense MediaBooks and Movies That Inspire Kids to Be Grateful. Common Sense Media always has great suggestions for parents to help guide you through the tsunami of media coming at your kids each and every day. They help take the guesswork out by letting you know the age appropriateness of each suggestion. What better time to teach kids about gratitude?

 

Flamingo RampantBooks from Flamingo Rampant This micro-press has one mission. Bring better kids’ books about gender in order to help normalize the experience of trans* kids. A real value to families of trans* kids and schools so that we can become more thoughtful about gender expectations and create spaces in which we celebrate the world’s diversity.

 

Parents On the GoConversations on the Go A fun way to keep teens and adults engaged in conversations about big and little questions. This book can go anywhere you want to keep teens and adults talking. Take turns asking the questions. Discover each other’s values, ideals and opinions. But, most of all, keep the conversations going!

 

Don't Forget the FamilyDon’t Forget the Family The gift that keeps on giving! Download the free booklet and get hands on activities that will help you develop relationships and build character strengths while engaging your family in having fun. Holiday breaks are the perfect time to get started.

 

Game On Basketball CampGame On Youth Basketball Camp Register your 5 – 13 year olds for this local basketball camp and support a good cause at the same time! Glenwood Springs’ local and GWS HS graduate, Cassandra Irving, brings basketball skills, nutrition and fitness and character development to her camps. Proceeds go to help abused and rescued girls in India.

 

Common ThreadzShop Common Threadz designs, and give back every time you order! Designs by orphans in Africa and from talented artists. Each item sold gives 5 school meals to children in need.