Peers Building Justice Youth Showcase

Peers Building Justice Youth ShowcaseThe youth participants of Peers Building Justice will be showcasing the work they’ve done throughout this school year. The high school students, called Campus Organizers, will share individual and group projects to raise awareness of and prevent sexual violence, relationship abuse, and the social injustices that contribute to a culture of violence.

“Why do you love yourself? ‘I Love Myself Because…’ is a photo project that seeks to challenge our community members to confront the importance of self-love since it is the first step towards creating healthy relationships and safe communities.”

Canine Classic

canine classicRegister to Run (or Walk)!

Canine Classic is a dog-friendly 5k run/walk for participants of all ages. (A canine companion is optional.) This is a professionally chip-timed event that can be used as a BolderBOULDER qualifying time. The 2014 event will again have the Canine Carnival, complete with live music from local rock band Last Men On Earth, a beer garden, great food, and vendors. Event proceeds directly help our community by supporting MESA.

Neurobiology of trauma training for law enforcement

Neurobiology of trauma trainingOn March 19, 2014 MESA will be co-sponsoring a second free training for Law Enforcement on The neurobiology of trauma featuring speaker Dr. Janine D’Anniballe with Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, Mental Health Partners, Longmont Police Department and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

When MESA asked Dr. Janine D’Anniballe why she was participating in this free training on the neurobiology of trauma to law enforcement, she responded,

For survivors of sexual assault who choose to report, positive, trauma-informed interactions with law enforcement are a crucial component and strong predictor of the ease of that survivor’s healing process. This training will provide law enforcement with an explanation of the effect of trauma on the brain so that they can better understand the behavior and choices of the survivors with whom they work. The training also offers strategies for working with survivors in a way that enhances both the quality of evidence for the investigation and the experience of survivors within the criminal justice system. “

Training for Parents: Roots and Wings

MESA and SPAN are expanding their prevention efforts by offering a parent-child communication workshop called Roots and Wings/Raíces y Alas from Colorado Youth Matter.

This two-hour workshop for parents of adolescents is designed to increase parents’ confidence to talk with their children about sex and sexuality and to help parents give their children solid foundations of knowledge to make healthy decisions regarding their health and relationships.

For more information or if you would like us to bring this workshop to your parent organization, please email amanda@movingtoendsexualassault.org

MESA sponsors free Neurobiology of Trauma Training for Law Enforcement

Dr. Janine D'AnniballeOn February 6, 2014 MESA will be co-sponsoring a free training for Law Enforcement on The neurobiology of trauma featuring speaker Dr. Janine D’Anniballe with Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, Mental Health Partners, Longmont Police Department and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

When MESA asked Dr.  Janine D’Anniballe why she was participating in this free training on the neurobiology of trauma to law enforcement, she responded:

“For survivors of sexual assault who choose to report, positive, trauma-informed interactions with law enforcement are a crucial component and strong predictor of the ease of that survivor’s healing process. This training will provide law enforcement with an explanation of the effect of trauma on the brain so that they can better understand the behavior and choices of the survivors with whom they work. The training also offers strategies for working with survivors in a way that enhances both the quality of evidence for the investigation and the experience of survivors within the criminal justice system. “

MESA staff is extremely grateful to Dr. D’Anniballe for her continued support of MESA and our mission.  In addition to these two trainings for law enforcement, she is offering  training  for service providers on the neurobiology of trauma and the healing power of yoga and donating her portion of the proceeds to MESA. This event will be on February 9 from 2-4 PM at Soul Tree Studio. Please visit www.soultreecolorado.com to register.

Peers Building Justice Youth Retreat

youth retreatPeers Building Justice, a collaboration between MESA and SPAN had their youth retreat in November.

We took a group of high school Campus Organizers up to the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch for an overnight stay. At the cabin, the Campus Organizers created collages in response to rape culture, the objectification of women, and unhealthy messages about relationships in popular media. The youth also had an intensive planning session where they laid the route for sharing their expertise and critical perspective with their peers and the community.

Their big plans include a photo campaign promoting self-love in which the Campus Organizers take photos of community participants who have completed the sentence “I love myself because…” on a whiteboard. We launch the photo campaign in January. You can “Like” the Peers Building Justice Facebook page for your daily dose of self-love!

Lucy Sale

PrintAt the MESA Office
2336 Canyon Suite 103 Boulder CO 80302
on December 17, 2013 from 11 – 2 pm

We received a generous donation of clothing from the Lucy Store located at the 29th Street Mall www.lucy.com

So, stop by and load up on some great clothes at bargain prices!

Jackets $20; Skirts/Pants/Capris $15, Shirts/Tanks $10, Shorts $10/ Scarfs $10 (retail prices $50 – $100)

We also have:
Heartstrings Cards
Sherpani Bags

Sale Schedule:
Tuesday (12/17)
11am – 2 pm

A Celebration of Survivors

kellie wells
“If I can help at least one person and show you don’t have to be a product of your environment, you don’t have to keep secrets, and you don’t have to hide, that would be amazing.”

Meet Olympian Medalist Kellie Wells!
Limited Space Available!
Reserve your seat today by using Promo Code Hurdle for 10% off registration

Thursday the 7th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Hotel Boulderado

Enjoy appetizers & libations, entertainment by VOXY, silent auction and inspirational presentations

2013 Brave Bold Beautiful Award:
Joanne Belknap, PhD.

The Belknap Service Award:
Chief Deputy District Attorney Katharina Booth


Featured Speaker: Olympic medalist Kellie Wells
and Dr. Don Matthews

14th Annual Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk: April 13th

k9 classicEarly bird registration for our 14th annual Canine Classic 5k run/walk has begun! Register now and get 15% off.

Canine Classic is a dog-friendly 5k run/walk for participants of all ages. (A canine companion is optional.) This is a professionally chip-timed event that can be used as a BolderBOULDER qualifying time. The 2014 event will again have the Canine Carnival, complete with live music from local rock band Last Men On Earth, a beer garden, great food, and vendors. Event proceeds directly help our community by supporting MESA.