Drawing on 30 years of event production and project management experience, COMMA projects are collaborative, efficient, and impactful.
– Keynote Addresses, Featured Speaker Engagements
– Online/ In-person Awareness Campaigns, Content Creation
– Innovative Special Events and Event Support
…and numerous other side projects.
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Looking forward to sharing a variation of COMMA’s “Media Savvy” program tailored for advocates (& related professions) called “The Digital Flood” as a breakout session at this conference!
The Relationship Rookies
“Near-Peer” Education Model Piloted in Spring 2024 Semester
Circa 2020, after a high-profile incident of sexual misconduct, the Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) launched the Culture & Climate Task Force. This group of administrators, teachers, parents, & students identified “near-peer” programs as one of the top recommendations for improving social conduct and school culture.
Thanks to youth leadership (hat tip Amelie Wild) and support from The Tony Grampsas Youth Services grantors, a squad of high school-aged activists took up the challenge of shaping and presenting their own version of COMMA’s “Good for Each Other” program for middle school health classes. The feedback has been extremely positive!
The Art of Survival
Advocates’ 40th Anniversary Project
Artists and survivors are invited to share new artistic works on the theme of “Honoring Survivors” to be put on display in galleries and participating venues throughout the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On October 21st, 2023 each piece will be gathered to a single location to be put on display and auctioned during Advocates’ 40th Anniversary Celebration.
COMMA Expands Program Support for CMC's Across Colorado
Now Freshman and RA’s from Multiple CMC Campuses Benefit from Prevention Programs
For years, Advocates of Routt County has been providing “The Goods” for Freshman 101 classes at the Steamboat Springs campus of Colorado Mountin College. In 2023 however, the updated program offered through COMMA was provided as the keynote presentation for Freshman Orientation, reaching over 130 students.
Moreover, “The Goods” alongside “INTERVENE” programs were provided for Residence Assistants (RA’s) representing multiple CMC campuses as part of their annual training. We’re excited about the growing partnership with CMC intitutions across Colorado!
Keynote at The RMYSC Parent Connection Summit 2022
Media Savvy for Parents Featured as the Main Event at Local Conference
Annually, a dedicated group of local professionals, the Rocky Mountain Youth Services Coalition, comes together to create an opportunity for local parents to empower themselves with learning opportunities.
In 2022, Media Savvy from the COMMA catalog provided a compelling launch to the event, simultaneously raising awareness of online threats while providing resources and best practices to consider.
Let’s Get This Right
A Forum for the School Community
In 2022, when high school students who experienced sexual misconduct were compelled to take action, we created a platform for them to be heard, drawing an audience of parents, students, teachers, principles, school board members, and the superintendent.
SAAM’s Team Social Media Campaign
Supporting the National “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” Campaign
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center created and leads a national camapign annually during April, commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month a.k.a. SAAM. To add a local twist, we personafied SAAM and rallied a wide range of community leaders to share their own responses to why they support SAAM. The campaign included County Commissioners, business leaders, local artists, and of course, survivors.
Colorado Mentors Summit
Presenting INTERVENE for Youth Mentors Across the State
Having provided INTERVENE as part of staff training for Partners of Routt County, the leader of this amazing organization felt mentors everywhere would benefit from having intervention skills as well.
The Wellness Conference: LGBTQ+ Panel
Addressing Issues Faced by the Local LGBTQ+ Community
An extraordinary ensemble of courageous speakers assembled in Steamboat Springs at the Health Partnership’s Wellness Conference in the spring of 2023 to discuss and share what the local LGBTQ+ community is facing. COMMA was proud to serve as a trusted ally to the queer community by providing facilitation for the panel discussion.
Individual Coaching now Available
Tap into 10 years of advocacy experience through a simple, accessible process
Beginning in September of 2023, COMMA coaching became available for individual learning. This non-licensed approach isn’t meant to be a replacement for counseling, but rather a casual, yet insightful conversation to explore relevant topics alongside a veteran advocate who’s versed in issues related to sexual and domestic abuse. Reach out today to learn if this type of support might work for YOU!
Sexual Assault Awareness Week @ MHU
Mars Hill University Partners to Deploy a Series of Learning Opportunities
To support their school community for Sexual Assault Awareness week in 2022, MHU offered their campus several ways to learn from COMMA:
Good for Business was provided to an Organizational Behavior class
INTERVENE was provided to a Gender Studies class
A RoundTable discussion was hosted including the President, Provost, Director of HR, Director of Athletics, and the Title IX Director to share best practices for engaging youth leadership
Another robust RoundTable conversation based on the Hey Fellas (pilot) program was hosted for a group of male professors and students eager to improve campus culture
and as a headline feature…
The Goods was offered to a full auditorium with special presentations by 3 courageous student-survivor poets.
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The Ask an Advocate Interview Series
COVID-Era Education Series
There’s no denying how drastically the COVID-19 phenomenon impacted our lives, but the team at Better Tomorrow was devoted to making sure we continued to provide the same level of service to the community. Since live programs were impossible, we rapid-prototyped an interview servies with state and local experts to continue disseminating education online. Special thanks to the Assistant DA, the Program Director at CCASA, the Title IX Director at CMC, and the brave survivors who all provided such compelling interviews.
Featured Speaker: The Steamboat Chamber's 2023 DEI Summit
Providing the INTERVENE Program for Local Professionals
In August 2023, the INTERVENE presentation was offered to local officials, business leaders, and nonprofit allies looking to improve their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices. We were honored to support Jerry Hernandez from Integrated Community who provided the keynote presentation on “Cultural Humility.”
SPEAK 2023: Belonging
A Public Performance Giving Voice to Those Typically Unheard
2023 is the first year that Advocates of Routt County led the design and production of the annual SPEAK event. A small, but powerful ensemble of amateur and professional performers, storytellers, poets and singers representing a wide range of identities and abilities explored a wide range of rare topics to create a truly unique experience. COMMA was proud to serve the event with production support, public speaking coaching, and Graham’s debut performance in Steamboat!
Paws & Reflect
Pets Helping to Raise Awareness (project sunset 2022)
We know that addressing an issue as heavy as domestic violence can be a huge drag. But strolling along with a small fleet of critters, kitties, pooches & puppies, and even horses (!) – all parading down the road wearing purple – can make showing your support a little less somber! The parade of pets in purple culminates in a public square where powerful survivor-speakers and passionate advocates encourage parade participants to continue working for the end of domestic violence.
The Level Up Initiative
A (draft) Proposal for Reducing Sexual Misconduct in Schools
Developed as a proposal submitted to the Culture & Climate Task Force serving the Steamboat Springs School District, this multi-modal series of projects and initiatives involving student leadership, parent engagement and enhanced staff training unifies the school community around the goal of reducing sexual misconduct and relationship abuse in all their forms.
RMYSC Parent Dinner & Discussion Series #1
Supporting Parents Trying to Navigate the Complex Tech Issue
As a follow-up to the Rocky Mountain Youth Services Coalition’s annual Parent Connection Summit, this casual program facilitated over a lasagna dinner introduced an array of concerns and best practices for parents to consider regarding their children’s media usage. This smoothly interactive format encouraged eeveryone to share their insights and expertise which added numerous valuable perspectives for people to draw from. COMMA provided lead facilitation for the conversation.