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February 22, 2018

As part of the Idaho National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month youth campaign, we launched the We Choose All of Us Story Share in Idaho’s high schools. Encourage Idaho students in 9th – 12th grade to participate in the Story Share Challenge to build empathy and understanding in your school and community! By exploring our connection and building empathy, we can create a world where everyone is valued, safe, and can thrive.

3 easy steps!

Step 1 – Pick a theme (5 minutes)
Each student should choose from and respond to one of these three themes to get started:

  • Belonging to Community
  • Stronger Together
  • Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Humanity

Download the guide for more information and prompts on the themes!

Step 2 – Find a partner and share your story

Next, partner with someone you don’t know very well, then share your response to step 1 with your partner. Once you have each told your story, practice telling your partner’s story back your partner in the first-person point-of-view. The retelling of your partner’s story should take between 2-4 minutes.

Once you and your partner have had a chance to practice telling each other’s stories, join two or three other groups and have each member of the larger group tell their partner’s story using the first-person point-of-view.

Step 3 – Post your reflection by the deadline March 23, 2018

With your original partner, reflect on how hearing and telling someone else’s story impacted you. Telling other people’s stories using the first-person point-of-view is a way to truly put yourself in another person’s shoes and practice empathy. Make sure you have agreement from your partner to record and capture the debrief in writing, audio, or video to enter the challenge! Capture your reflection right away, either by making a short video, an audio clip, or a written or artistic/visual reflection. By capturing your reflection right away, the experience will still be fresh in your mind.


  • $1,000 (up to five awards) – School-Wide Submission (over 75% of the student body needs to have participated in a story share)
  • $500 (up to five awards) – 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 Story Share Challenge will receive a We Choose All of Us T-shirt!

– Kelly Miller

Project Catalyst

The Idaho Coalition in partnership with the Idaho Primary Care Association and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be working on a new initiative, Project Catalyst. Project Catalyst is a ten-month initiative (December 2017 – September 2018) from Futures Without Violence to fund a project focused on fostering statewide leadership and collaboration to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and human trafficking. Project Catalyst focuses on fostering partnerships with state leaders comprised of staff from the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Idaho Primary Care Association, and the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) and increase health leadership and collaboration to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of IPV and to promote prevention. This funding opportunity marks the first time these three-statewide organization will work together to address IPV and human trafficking and allows the development of replicable models of shared leadership between domestic violence coalitions, primary care associations, and state departments of health.

The following is a list of the Pilot Sites:

Human Trafficking Webinar

Friday, February 23rd
We will discuss the intersection of labor trafficking and human trafficking on Latinx families. Facilitate a discussion about the barriers folks are facing to increase their capacity to address and serve survivors of labor trafficking and human trafficking.

Learn more and get login information here

Community Health Centers
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Dirne Health Center Inc. dba Heritage Health
Adams County Health Center
Family Health Services
Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center
Local DV & SV Program
Women’s & Children’s Alliance
Safe Passages
Rose Advocates
Voices Against Violence
Shoshone-Bannock Victims of Crime Assistance

Futures staff will be facilitating a Training of Trainers on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Boise, ID. The May 23rd training will focus on local domestic violence and sexual violence programs and the May 24th training will focus on community health centers, BUT cross training is highly encouraged for cross collaboration. Additional information including registration will be shared via email with the pilot sites. If you are not a pilot site and are interested in attending, please contact Mercedes Muñoz at or (208) 685-9286.

– Mercedes Munoz

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Mercedes Munoz or 208-685-9286 (cell)

Three Things to reach out to me for:

  • Gender Equity
  • Systems Change work
  • Grants: ID Thriving Families, Project Catalyst (previously known as Improving Health Through Violence Prevention), and DELTA FOCUS

Uniform Grant Guidance

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Federal Grant Forum training specifically addressing the new Uniform Grant Guidance that will be taking effect this year. This guidance will override previous guidance provided by the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) circulars that have come out over the past years. While you are preparing your organization for the new guidance it is a good time to review your policies for compliance and to confirm your organization is following your current policies. If an organization is audited it is important to remember that the organization will be audited based on their policies and the Uniform Guidance. It is heavily recommended to review your policies and ensure they are being followed completely. If the policies are not being followed, for any reason, then it should be a priority to readjust policies so that they can be consistently and reliably followed. The balance for your organization’s policies to be fully in compliance but to not be overly restrictive in a way that would cause the organization an issue, or in the worst case, an audit finding. I will be going further into the details of this new regulation in the coming months, but please let me know if you have any questions. The links below provide the complete regulation, with an index, as well as an executive summary:

– Henry Hitt

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Henry Hitt or 770-820-6996 (cell)

Three Things to reach out to me for:

  • On-site Financial Support
  • Funding Regulations
  • General Financial Questions

Stories of Transformation Writing Challenge Authors Selected!

Several thousand middle school, junior high and high school students submitted poems for the Stories of Transformation Challenge. Student authors from Filer, New Meadows, Lapwai, Moscow, Pocatello, Fruitland, McCall, Parma, and other communities were selected for publication.

We encourage you to connect with your schools to acknowledge the authors that were selected.

Executive Director’s Learning Community

We are excited to bring in Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director California Coalition to End Sexual Assault to share her experiences on the prevention and response to sexual assault.


  • March 7th: 1:00 – 5:00 – Pre-convening of new Executive Directors five years or less experience
  • March 7th: Evening – Group dinner for any arrivals
  • March 8th: 9:00 – 4:00 – Executive Directors convening

Register here today!

Training & Events

Human Trafficking Webinar
Friday, February 23rd
Please join us for a webinar on human trafficking presented by Elena Dineen, a Staff Attorney for Programs at Futures Without Violence.

In this webinar we will discuss the intersection of labor trafficking and human trafficking on Latinx families. Facilitate a discussion about the barriers folks are facing to increase their capacity to address and serve survivors of labor trafficking and human trafficking.

Learn more and get login information here

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regional training
In an effort to assist victims of sexual assaults in confinement settings, the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association would like to invite advocates to attend free Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regional training funded by STOP Violence Against Women Grant 2016-WF-AX-0044 PREA set-aside. The 6 hour course will be held twice in each location.

  • Feb. 27 & 28 2018: Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, 1150 Wall St. Lewiston, Idaho
  • March 13 & 14, 2018: Vendome Events Center, 309 State Street, Weiser, ID

Registration information is available on the website

Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
March 6-8, 2018 in Atlanta, GA
Learn More and Apply Here (Deadline January 31)

This 2.5 day training will provide participants with effective skills on how to identify and assist domestic violence and sexual assault victims who may also be human trafficking victims/survivors.This training will focus on improving collaborative responses to adult/youth foreign-born trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Presented by: Futures Without Violence, in partnership with U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

For more information, please check out the following flyer. To apply online, please visit

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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