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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Community Integration Initiative (CII) wishes to thank everyone who gave time and energy to our second “Living in the U.S. ” Challenges of Raising the Immigrant Child,” workshop Tuesday evening, Nov. 11, at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Basalt.

An outstanding panel of local experts included Adriana Ayala (Re-1 Pre-collegiate Program), Betsy Bowie (The Nurse Family Partnership), Chief Keith Ikeda (Basalt Town Police), Neyma Rodriguez (Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers) and counselor Sue Turner (Carbondale Middle School). After presentations on services and issues, the team fielded audience questions, tackling issues from teen pregnancy prevention to unlicensed teenage drivers, underage drinking, high school ethnic self-segregation and potential gang recruitment in the Roaring Fork Valley. A special thanks to Father Jose Saenz for the wonderful venue and to Laura Morales for providing child care.

Simultaneous and consecutive interpretation by Jennie Quevedo and David Perez ensured monolingual English- and Spanish-speaking participants alike understood every comment, along with June’s workshop proving a successful model for bridging the language barrier.

We appreciate Steve Kaufman and Kody Firmin from Access Roaring Fork videotaping the event. “Challenges of Raising the Immigrant Child” is expected to air on Access Roaring Fork’s Channel 17, Grassroots TV’s Channel 12, and Rifle Community TV Cable 10 in Rifle.

Finally, thanks to our Basalt attendees for sharing concerns about the emerging multicultural generation from Aspen to Parachute. Especially impressive were the number of kids who accompanied their parents, and how by the end of the evening participants were asking panelists how to volunteer in their community. Our third workshop in the “Challenges” series will be in Rifle in early 2009; then we will choose a new topic. Please consider joining us at future events.

Jim Coombs, facilitator

Hanya Gottardo, coordinator

The Community Integration Initiative

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