Towards Thriving Cover

February 6, 2020

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2020 National Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Awareness & Prevention Month Campaign Launched In Idaho

Stories Of Our Collective Future is a school-based campaign created by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence that envisions schools and communities where everyone is valued, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive. By sharing our stories and listening to each other, we will discover the possibilities of our collective future, a whole thriving world.

We want to support your efforts to create safe and inclusive school environments and prevent and intervene in abusive relationships and sexual assault. Here’s why: the 2019 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey reports that 33% of female students and 17% of male students were purposely controlled or emotionally hurt by someone they were dating or going out with during the past 12 months. Of significant concern, 23% of female students (more than twice the national average of 10%) experienced sexual dating violence during the past 12 months.[1]

To that end, and in recognition of February’s National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, campaign materials developed by and featuring Idaho youth are being distributed to all of Idaho’s middle school/junior high schools and high schools:

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Legislative Updates

We are now a month into the 2020 legislative session and the final week of bill introductions is upon us. Here are some pieces of legislation we are tracking and think you may be interested in:

  • House Bill 383: Sexual Assault Protection Act – This bill would create a new chapter in Idaho law to allow those who have experienced sexual assault or threats thereof to petition the court for a civil protection order regardless of the petitioner’s relationship with the respondent. The final language of this bill was a result of collaboration between member programs, Representative Melissa Wintrow, the Idaho Coalition, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and other stakeholders. We expect the bill will be heard in the House Judiciary and Rule Committee sometime the week of February 10. If you support this piece of legislation, please contact your senators and representatives and let them know!
  • Senate Joint Resolution 103: Warrantless Arrests – This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment to address the challenges posed by the Idaho Supreme Court’s holding in State v. Clarke in June 2019. As written, the resolution allows for a warrantless arrest for misdemeanor crimes committed outside of a law enforcement officer’s presence based on probable cause. We have provided feedback to Senator Grant Burgoyne (sponsor) to address concerns with the current language. We believe there will be a secondary resolution introduced that better balances the interests of different stakeholders.

While the Idaho Coalition continues to work on child marriage and expedited eviction proposals, no related bills have been introduced at this time. We will keep you updated as the session continues, but if you have any questions about any specific piece of legislation, please do not hesitate to reach out to Annie, Jen or Moné.

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Annie Pelletier

Three Things to reach out to me for:

  • Legal Questions
  • Legislative Updates
  • Sexual Assault/Title IX

Training & Events

Writing Challenge: Deadline February 28

Writing Challenge Photo Idaho middle school/junior high and high school students are invited to create an original poem that tells a story in 100 words or less about Our Collective Future: a future where everyone is valued for their whole authentic selves, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive. Choose from one of the five prompts – Collective Thriving, Authentic Love, Belonging, Cooperation, or Healing.

Let’s create an emergent genre of stories about the future we want – stories that grasp the struggle that we must undertake, grounded in the reality of our world today and our vision for tomorrow.

Writing Challenge Prompts and Submission Rules and Guidelines


Ten students selected to read their story at Tree Fort Music Festival Storyfort. Travel costs covered for student authors and one adult chaperone.

  • $100 awarded to each of the top 10 selections for middle school/junior high school and the high school categories.
  • $25 gift cards will be awarded for each of the 100 or more of the top writings selected for publication for the middle school/junior high school and the high school books to be released in April 2020.

All published works will list the author, teacher, and school. A book of the published works will be distributed to Idaho’s middle/junior high schools and high schools. Make sure your school is represented!

Submit your poems here!

Art Challenge: Deadline March 30 Art challenge photo

Art connects us to ourselves and each other. Art connects us to ideas and action. Art connects the past, the present and the future. We cannot become what we cannot imagine! Visions of our collective future will connect us to the possibilities of a whole, thriving world.

Idaho middle school/junior high and high school students are invited to create an original piece of visual art that tells a story about Our Collective Future: a future where everyone is valued for their whole authentic selves, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive.

Submissions should be approximately 8 x 10″ (or any similar ratio) vertical to fit the format of the poetry book for publication.

Art Challenge Submission Rules and Guidelines.


  • $500 awarded to 1 artist from middle school/junior high and 1 artist from high school and published as the cover art for the Stories of Our Collective Future anthology to be released April 2020.
  • $100 awarded to each of the top 10 selections for middle school/junior high school and the high school categories and published in the middle school/junior high school and the high school Stories of Our Collective Future to be released in April 2020.

Submission: Submit your art HERE by March 30th.

Story Circle Challenge: Deadline April 30th Story Circle Photo

Story Circle’s strengthen community interconnectedness. Hearing each other’s stories and telling our own will help us rediscover and rebuild our relationships to each other and move us towards collective thriving.

Through stories, we expand our capacity for empathy, build authentic connection to others, and cultivate hope for a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.

Learn how to do a Story Circle by downloading the Story Circle Guide.

Idaho middle school/junior high and high school students are invited to participate in a Story Circle and submit an essay (500 words or less) or video (5 minutes or less) reflection on the impact.

Story Circle Challenge Submission Rules and Guidelines.


  • $500 (up to five awards) – School-Wide Submission (over 75% of the student body needs to have participated in a story circle.)
  • $250 (up to ten awards) – Youth Organization/Classroom/Club (i.e. English, Art, Debate, or any class or club)
  • $250 (up to ten awards) – Individual

All submissions must score over 80 points to be eligible for an award. All individuals, classes or schools who enter the Our Collective Future Story Circle Challenge and score over 80 points will receive a t-shirt!

Submission: Submit your reflections HERE by April 30th.

Webinar! New Public Charge Policy Updates: Their Impact on Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

by the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM MT | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PT

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the nationwide preliminary injunction imposed by a district judge in New York, which was the last court order preventing the public charge rule from taking effect nationwide while multiple lawsuits make their way through the appellate courts. This means that the administration will be allowed to implement the public charge rule across the country while litigation continues, except in Illinois, where the public charge rule is still blocked by a statewide injunction. Read more from the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors

The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors will be holding a 1 hr webinar next Thursday, intended for domestic violence and sexual assault advocates serving immigrant survivors. This webinar will provide up to date analysis on the impact of the public charge inadmissibility rule on immigrant survivors. Register now to learn more about how determinations will be made, which survivors will be exempt, and how the rule will impact survivors and their families.

Register here.

Idaho Coalition Store Materials

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Visit the online store to view current Idaho Coalition materials available for order. For store questions, please contact Lacey Sinn.

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