Ark Valley Equality Network/Ark Valley Pride (2016 - Present)
The Ark Valley Equality Network includes a variety of individual projects coordinated through the PfCA or through our partnerships with Chaffee County Public Health: Ark Valley Pride, SAFE SPACE, SAFE SPACE Classrooms, Safe Zone Training, GSA Support, and Resource/News sharing. These efforts are intended to serve many underserved minorities including the LGBTQIA Community in the Upper Arkansas River Valley area (Chaffee, Lake, Fremont, and Custer).
SAFE SPACE (for businesses and schools) (2018 - Present)
Businesses and educators are asked to take a pledge and to create safe spaces for area youth and their families.
The Inclusive Educator (2018 - Present)
This monthly newsletter is sent to area educators to share information on being a more inclusive educator by sharing recent articles, research, events, and educational opportunities. The newsletter is available by going to the ArkValleyEqualityNetwork.org and registering in the GSA section of the website.
In Cook’s Kitchen (proposed - waiting for funding)
This quarterly program is a method of communicating heritage, diversity, and family through the making of a dinner. 6 volunteers work with a chosen "Cook" to create a dinner for 50 paying guests. The Cook communicates the story of their dinner, how it evolved, what it means to their family, and what makes their family different. The 6 volunteers then help create the dinner and sit with diners to relay the history and answer questions.
Young Entrepreneurs Program (proposed - waiting for funding)
In partnership with area businesses, the PfCA will supply a booth/stand and training for young entrepreneurs. Through two different businesses (proposed), youth can also be employed temporarily and with short hours in order to learn skills in order to move up the “job ladder”.