Towards Thriving Cover

July 20, 2017

Last week, our team traveled to McCall for an off-site retreat. We rented a large home to be in community together over two and half days. Our purpose for the retreat was to strengthen relationships among our team to be able to embody, act, and take risks for a world without domination and violence. We needed concentrated time together to generate ideas towards a culture that interrupts violence and domination and generates life-affirming ways of being that center liberation, equity, wholeness, and our interconnectedness (to the very last girl).Over the two and half days, several staff took turns preparing meals – from tortillas made from scratch from the wooden tortilla press that belonged to one of our staff’s mother to huevos rancheros to pulled pork and sausages. Jeff, Bryan, Estefania, Laura, and Lacey made sure we were well fed!

After breathing together, Mercedes invited everyone into a circle to share a story about a cultural item that they brought, weaving in stories that answered questions about who were their people, why were they drawn to anti-violence work. Not surprisingly given the prevalence of gender violence, several of us, including myself, shared stories of intergenerational violence – of abuse and rape and the impact of trauma and violence on families and ourselves. After each of us shared of ourselves, we placed the items on an altar to remind ourselves of the depth and breadth of our respective cultures and lived experiences. We connected to one another through stories and worked to create a space where people could be their whole selves – from the threads of Spanish language to the laughter of Lacey’s young son Thaddeus.

Jennifer Martinez and Yara Slaton facilitated conversations on improving our onboarding process and generating ideas on how we can work towards a liberating organizational culture to foster wholeness, equity, innovation, and impact. Most importantly, our time together was grounded in creating spaciousness for joy and love.

We Choose All of Us,

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care seems like an easy concept and yet for many of us is incredibly difficult to practice. The truth is, we need each and every one of us in this movement to stay in this work for the long-haul! To achieve lasting social change we need to be powerful, creative and impactful! And, we can’t be any of those things if we aren’t taking care of ourselves!

As Idaho Coalition staff we have been in practice of changing our habits! We have subscribed to the Move to End Violence’s 21-Day Challenge where we practice self-care for sustainability and impact! We would invite you to join in this challenge. You can register here: Sign me up for self-care!

The challenge starts the first Tuesday of every month and you’ll receive daily prompts to help you along the way! We have discovered that when we feel overwhelmed or deadlines are looming, taking time to practice self-care is essential. Many of you have been part of our ongoing practice of breathing- doing our mountain, cloud and waterfall breath movements or engaging in tai-chi. However, if you don’t make this a practice, it’s easy to fall into old bad habits. Every week, our staff takes time to practice this together. And it’s easy to think “we don’t have time for this”, “other things are more crucial” and we have noticed how essential this time is to our well-being and to our work! This week we are taking time away in the beautiful city of McCall to spend time as a staff with this essential practice and envisioning a future that creates liberation and social equity for All of Us.

We appreciate the work you do each and every day. We know it’s not easy. We know it can be overwhelming and hard. And… it’s so worth it! Together, we can create the future we desire- one for All of Us.

Funding Opportunity

Idaho Children's Trust Fund LogoIdaho Children’s Trust Fund Annual Grant Announcement Project Period: November 2017 through November 2018

The Idaho Children’s Trust Fund offers grant funding, within $1000 – $5000 range to programs that seek to prevent child abuse and neglect by increasing protective factors in order to strengthen families and promote child well-being.

Timeline: July 12, 2017 Annual Application packet posted on ICTF website
September 8, 2017 Annual Grant Applications due to ICTF
October 20, 2017 Annual Grant Award Decisions
November 20, 2017 New Annual Grantee Project Start Date
November 19, 2018 Project Period Ends

The Idaho Children’s Trust Fund would like to invite you to apply to our 2017-2018 Annual Grant Cycle. Established by the Idaho Legislature in 1985, ICTF’s mission is to support efforts designed to prevent child abuse and neglect within the state. Our vision is to live in a world where all children are valued and have the opportunity to thrive.

We are requesting grant proposals from all over the state for programs intended to prevent child abuse and neglect. Eligible programs must be located in the state of Idaho or provide services to Idaho residents. Grants are available to public or private nonprofit, faith-based, government agencies, or qualified individuals who provide community based educational or service programs.

Core Considerations
Grant proposals will be considered based on the degree to which it addresses one or more of the following factors:

  • Does the program seek to prevent child abuse and neglect by building on family strengths and resiliency?
  • Does the program partner with parents to help build strong, healthy families?
  • Does the program intentionally address child neglect or look at factors most identified with child neglect: history of trauma, poverty, maternal depression, substance abuse, or devaluing challenges of child rearing?
  • Does the program intentionally reach out to underserved populations such as rural communities, communities of color, and homeless families?
  • Does the program utilize the strengthening families framework and work to build one or more of the following protective factors into a child’s life and family:
    • Parental Resilience
    • Social Connections
    • Concrete supports
    • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
    • Social and Emotional Competence of Children (including nurturing and attachment)

How to apply
Send one copy of application electronically to by 5:00 pm on Friday September 8, 2017


  • Be sure to read all the information on the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund website under Grants and Awards – Annual Grants Program and in the application thoroughly.
  • Contact ICTF Grant Manager, Taryn Yates for questions or support at or call 208-386-9317.

View application on the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund website.

Training & Events

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Idaho

The seminar will explore how victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, child sex abuse, drunk driving, homicide, workplace violence, terrorism, elder abuse, identity theft and financial and property crimes can use civil lawsuits to obtain justice, hold responsible parties accountable, prevent future crimes, and obtain the financial resources victims need to rebuild their lives. The program will cover resources and strategies for victims considering civil lawsuits, and will include a panel of attorneys to answer specific questions of Idaho law. The training is for victim advocates, law enforcement officers, social workers, mental health professionals, and other allied professionals. There is no charge for any attendee, and a free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be served.

Boise – July 31st, 2017 from 9:00-4:30
Concordia University School of Law
501 W. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
Presented by: Jeff Dion, Esq., Lee James, Esq., and Craig Vernon, Esq.
Register here
Coeur d’Alene – August 2nd, 2017 from 9:00-4:30
Best Western Inn
506 W. Appleway Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Presented by: Jeff Dion, Esq., Lee James, Esq., and Craig Vernon, Esq.
Register here

Youth Organizing Workshop Summer Schedule


We Choose All of Us: Youth Organizing for Social Transformation
July 28th 1:00-4:00 PM or August 22nd 5:30-8:30 PM • The Linen Building • Boise, ID
Come together with youth leaders to engage in transformative conversations to create social change! Join the youth movement in Idaho and be part of a network of youth leaders who reflect our diverse identities and backgrounds! Build skills, knowledge and resources to support organizing in your school or community.
Register here

Re-imagining Ourselves: Gender and Our Cultural Stories
July 25th 5:30-8:30 PM • The Linen Building • Boise, ID
Explore roles in cultural folklore (Latin America, Polynesian Islands, and Africa) of girls and women of color and people who are gender non-conforming. Learn the real stories, and re-imagine these stories through art and writing to create social change. Learn how to organize at school and in your community
Register here


Re-imagining Ourselves: Gender and Our Cultural Stories
July 24th 1:00-4:00 PM or August 8th 1:00-4:00 PM • The Linen Building • Boise, ID
Explore roles in cultural folklore (Latin America, Polynesian Islands, and Africa) of girls and women of color and people who are gender non-conforming. Learn the real stories, and re-imagine these stories through art and writing to create social change. Learn how to organize at school and in your community
Register here


#RepresentationMatters: Youth Digital Organizing
From Mad Men to Teen Vogue and Beyoncé, we will explore the evolution of gender issues in popular media. Join us in re-thinking how we want gender to be represented and empower communities. Learn how to organize and initiate a media campaign: social media, PSAs, and more!

If you want assistance hosting a workshop in your community, please reach out to Estefania Mondragon or Jennifer Martinez.

Idaho Coalition Store Materials

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