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Family Reading Night at The Conflict Center

On Thursday, May 5th, The Conflict Center will host a very special Family Reading Night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 4140 Tejon Street in The Conflict Center’s library.   The event is designed to encourage parents and kids to practice reading over the summer, with books that focus on friendship, feelings, problem solving, respect, differences, relationship building, bullying and peacemaking.   Our Reading for Peace volunteers will be assisting with tips on how to ask questions that help with reading comprehension and open up discussions on these important topics.

This event will be a fun and interactive time for children to have positive adult attention, practice reading and learn how to apply conflict and anger management skills in their daily lives.  A picnic style dinner will be provided and pajamas and slippers are welcome to facilitate bedtime following the event.

Family Reading Night will be held in partnership with The Bookies.  Specially selected books from The Bookies will be available for sale at the event and for a week after at The Bookies bookstore at 4315 E. Mississippi Avenue.  A portion of sales from any books purchased at the Family Reading Night or at The Bookies from May 6th through 13th will benefit The Conflict Center’s School Programs.  When you go shopping at The Bookies and are ready to check out, let the cashier know that you are shopping to benefit The Conflict Center.  If you are paying with cash or check, The Conflict Center will get 20% of the transaction.  If you pay with a credit card, The Conflict Center will get 15% (these percentages include a 5% donation from The Bookies). Free gift wrapping is also offered at The Bookies.

For more information or to RSVP contact The Conflict Center at 303-433-4983.

 

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Help us Honor Liz Loescher’s Legacy

“The Conflict Center began when Liz lost her job but not her vocation.” -Jim Laurie

The staff and Board of Directors of The Conflict Center are more dedicated than ever to fulfilling Liz’s vision of a more peaceful world.  The transformation Liz envisioned begins with the younger generation learning skills that propel the community towards peace.  At the request of Liz’s children, TCC established The Liz Loescher Legacy Fund to provide programs in low-income schools.  This fund is the focus of TCC’s year-end appeal, which may be viewed in PDF form here.  If you choose to support The Conflict Center you can help us keep Liz’s mission alive by clicking here and choosing the Liz Loescher Legacy Fund option.

You can also increase the impact of your gift by scheduling your donation to coincide with Colorado Gives Day on December 8, 2015.  During this 24 hour period any gifts made through the Colorado Gives online portal will be increased by a $1 million incentive pool offered by Community First Foundation and FirstBank.  Click here to learn more about how Colorado Gives Day works.

 

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New evaluation results point to strong impact of TCC’s youth classes

The Conflict Center is thrilled to share our latest evaluation results of our Emotional Intelligence and Critical Decision Making (EICDM) classes for youth ages 11-18.

Pre and post test results of on-site EICDM classes show positive increase in all measures.  16 out of 18 questions on this survey showed statistically significant results.  The survey scored measured a positive improvement in all three domains of anger awareness, self-efficacy, and conflict management.  The strongest results were indicated with “I use conflict to improve relationships with others.”

Parents were asked to rank their youth in social emotional skills after taking the class.  Parents were asked to indicate whether their child had shown increases, no change, or decreases in specific behaviors or attitudes.  56% of parents indicate an increase in empathy, 79% of parents indicate an increase in social awareness, 78% of parents indicate an increase in self-management, 86% of parents indicate an increase in self-awareness, 76% of parents indicate an increase in responsible decision making, 69% of parents indicate an increase in relationships skills, and 58% of parents indicate an increase conflict management.

Colorado State University provided outside evaluation for EICDM classes based on a Bullying,
Fighting and Victimization Scale.  Youth who took EICDM were sorted into high and low risk groups based on their pretest scores.  Participants in the higher risk group reported significantly decreased negative behavior compared to the lower risk group, and this difference in improvement was statically significant. In other words, youth that reported more frequent negative behaviors at pretest were the ones that reported more significant decreases in those same behaviors over time.

 

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