Announcing the 2019 Kempe Award Honorees

On March 14, The Kempe Foundation will honor two community advocates at our signature Imagine 2019 Luncheon – Jade Woodard and Cresa. Both honorees are commended for their dedication to children through professional and personal accomplishments and commitments. We are grateful to have these honorees as long-time supporters of Kempe and leaders in our community.

“Kempe is pleased to honor Jade and Cresa as community leaders at our Imagine 2019 Luncheon,” says John Faught, Chief Executive Officer of The Kempe Foundation. “This year’s honorees manifest the same compassion and caring for children that is the core of Kempe’s work.”

2019 Kempe Professional Award Honoree, Jade Woodard is the Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado – a united network of four established organizations partnering to build brighter childhoods through education, advocacy and family support. Governed by a single Board of Directors, agency programs are fully integrated to leverage resources and increase overall capacity to implement powerful programs to keep kids safe.

Over the past decade, Jade has worked alongside The Kempe Foundation to bring people together in innovative ways to heal children and families. By leveraging her relationships and collaborating with other professionals, she continues to help move statewide child abuse and neglect prevention efforts forward.

 

2019 Kempe Imhoff Family Community Award Honoree, Cresa is the world’s largest tenant representation firm with a corporate mission to “Do the Right Thing.” Through their Cresa Cares program, employees and leadership are encouraged to give back to their local communities by supporting charitable organizations, many of which are dedicated to the well-being and care of children and families.

Garrett Johnson, the Managing Principal of Cresa and a Kempe Ambassador, will accept the award on behalf of the company. For more than three years, Garrett has served as a Kempe Ambassador, working in concert with the Foundation to identify awareness, education, advocacy and fundraising opportunities to help end child abuse and neglect. He is a community advocate for not only the safety, health and well-being of children, but also for the work of Kempe.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees – we thank you for your passion and dedication to Kempe’s mission to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. And we look forward to celebrating you on March 14!

Register today for Imagine 2019 and help us celebrate these incredible individuals!

 

Feb. 7 Youth Mental Health Event

Join Kempe for our winter Uniting Communities for Kids event featuring a panel of experts on mental health issues facing children and their families in Colorado and learn what can be done to protect and heal.

Thursday, Feb. 7
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Wellshire Events Center – 3333 S Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO

Over 200,000 kids and teens have diagnosable mental health conditions in Colorado, but less than a quarter of them receive any type of professional care. What should be done to better identify and treat mental health conditions in our youth.

Moderator:
Don Mares- Executive Director, Denver Department of Human Services

Panelists:
Steven Berkowitz, MD – Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Evelin Gomez, PhD – Department of Pediatrics, The Kempe Center

Shannon Van Deman, PhD – Vice President, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Ren Cannon Matching up to $30,000 on Colorado Gives Day

Once again, our Kempe Ambassadors Chair Ren Cannon will match all Colorado Gives Day donations up to $30,000! This means we can raise twice as many funds and get closer to our fundraising goal of $90,000!

Thanks to Ren and donors like you, Kempe is changing the way we talk about and treat child abuse and neglect. This “hidden epidemic” crosses all socio-economic, religious and ethnic boundaries and impacts communities across Colorado and the country.

Your Colorado Gives Day donation will support our work to protect children and families everywhere. Please help us reach our goal of $90,000 and donate on December 4.

 

How to Schedule Your Donation in Advance:

Your Colorado Gives Day donation can be scheduled ahead of time. Your donation will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 4th, and still count towards the $1 million incentive fund.

  • Go to The Kempe Foundation’s Colorado Gives profile.
  • Click on “DONATE” button.
  • Enter donation amount.
  • Under “Donation Frequency,” choose the option “CO Gives Day.” This will schedule the donation to process on December 4th.
  • Finish the step-by-step process and click “Add to Cart.”

Kempe ID Awarded Opportunity to Assist United States Olympic Committee

Kempe Innovative Designs was recently awarded the opportunity to assist the athletic programs of the United States Olympic Committee. The Kempe Center’s Kasey Matz, MA and her team will be designing, developing and testing new training materials for sexual, physical and emotional abuse identification, investigation and prevention in amateur athletic programs.

This effort will be supported by funding through the SMART FY 2018 Keep Young Athletes Safe grant program developed under direction of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). This program furthers the Department’s mission of reducing sexual violence by supporting an entity to provide oversight of the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, and each Paralympic sports organization with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse in sports.

In January 2018, a U.S. House of Representatives committee opened an investigation into sexual abuse in organized sports in response to the sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar. His abuse of more than 150 women and girls, as well as reports of sexual misconduct allegations in the Taekwondo community and allegations of sexual abuse from former U.S. swimmers, led to the commitment for action. In its announcement, the committee noted the “abhorrent abuses” associated with Nassar’s case, the U.S. Taekwondo athletes and U.S. swimmer allegations, and raised concerns about whether the United States Olympic Committee had sufficient oversight mechanisms to protect its athletes from abuse and mistreatment.

In February 2018, Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, designed to extend the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. There are 47 U.S. Olympic organizations across the country that require oversight on these fronts provided by an outside organization with expertise in preventing and investigating all forms of abuse.

The award to Kempe will support developing necessary educational materials, investigatory tools, training programs and policies that can prevent abuse, and work to address abuse, once identified.

Kempe Foundation to benefit from Short Story and Poetry Collection from TL;DR Press

TL;DR Press has opened a call for submissions to create a family-themed short story and poetry collection for The Kempe Foundation to release during the holiday season for their Winter Quarterly.

The call is open to any genre of fiction short story or poetry with a maximum entry of 3,000 words and one story per submission. Submissions must have family – whether by blood or bond – as a central theme. All profits from the sale of the Winter Quarterly will go directly to The Kempe Foundation.

“We have high expectations, given the submission quality of our past collections, of what our writing community has in store for this Quarterly,” says Sarah Linders, one of the 10 co-founders of TL;DR Press. “Partnering with a charity as impactful as The Kempe Foundation has all of us very excited. We work closely with the charities that we partner with, and finding a good match is key to a great collection.”

The Kempe Foundation has worked for 45 years to prevent and treat abused and neglected children. They work to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field who are developing and delivering cutting-edge programs proven to reduce the incidences of child maltreatment. They advocate for policies and increased funding for programs that protect children from abuse and neglect. They also partner with human service agencies and other nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect. The Kempe Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Denver, Colorado.

“Allfamilies have stories to tell, regardless of their culture or their circumstances,” says Julia Stone, president and chief operating officer for The Kempe Foundation. “We look forward to being a part of this collection of family stories that will bring others strength, hope and inspiration.”

All writers who submit to the collection can have their work reviewed and edited by a member of the Winter Quarterly editorial team, with time to edit and re-submit before a decision is made on their acceptance into the collection. This support is made possible thanks to the dual mission of TL;DR Press, a volunteer-run, for-charity publisher of short story and poetry collections, to support charity and emerging writers.

“We’re the only volunteer press giving every writer who submits to us detailed feedback,” says Linders. “Feedback is one of the hardest things for new and emerging writers to receive. We give back to the writers through mentorship and editing expertise, shaping submissions into the best they can be. This approach is a win for the submitting writers, for us as a publisher, and for the charity because it creates great work.”

The Press has already published two charity-funding anthologies since its inception in February of 2018: TL;DR: A Redditwriters Mixtape Vol. 1 in March 2018 to benefit Doctors Without Borders and the Women’s Anthology: Carrying Fire in October 2018 to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

“We have a fantastic team of writers from across countries, genres, and skillsets. We are powered by a community of almost 100 writers, who we run contests, host workshops, and facilitate discussion for. Our community, in turn, submits to and volunteers their time and talents for our collections,” says Linders. “TL;DR Press and the ‘#tldrwriters’ have created something special, fueled by charity, and we show no signs of slowing down.”

The call for submissions closes November 11, 2018, and submission guidelines are available on the Press’ website.