Our Initiatives

It's impossible for one agency or approach to effectively address the diverse needs of children, youth, and families in our community. An integrated network of community-based services and supports for children, youth and their families is necessary to produce positive change and create empowered individuals. For that reason, three distinct Initiatives are under the contractual responsibility of Joint Initiatives - collaborating on insights, strategies, impact, personnel, and financial administration. Collectively, these Initiatives serve the needs of children, youth, and their families from prenatal to 21 years of age.

Alliance for Kids (Prenatal - 8):  This Initiative is El Paso County's Early Childhood Council, dedicated to making El Paso County the best place to raise a child. The Alliance for Kids brings together agencies and individuals to work collaboratively on a seamless system of care for young children and their families. AFK seeks to impact the local early childhood system by focusing on three critical areas: Learning & Development, Family Support & Education, and Health & Well-Being. AFK also provides professional training and coaching designed to improve the quality of early care and education in our region.

Colorado Youth Detention Continuum (CYDC) (10-17 Years): Using the Wraparound Model - "wrapping" individualized services and supports around the youth and his/her family rather than forcing them to fit into a predetermined program in an artificial environment - this Initiative intervenes to help youth exit the juvenile justice system at earlier stages in their development. It also screens and assesses detention youth, manages the statewide juvenile detention bed cap. The 4th Judicial District community based detention alternatives program is a statewide initiative designed to provide a continuum of detention services for youth, ages 10-17, engaged in the juvenile justice system.

El Paso County Reach Collaborative Management Program (Birth - 21): Collaborative Management Program legislation was passed in 2004, providing a framework for the creation of a "uniform system for collaborative management" in Colorado and incentivizing the creation of county level "collaborative management process" to be governed by a community oversight group. This Initiative is charged to design and oversee a process tailored to the local community to improve coordination and integration of systems. The goal of effective system integration is improved outcomes for children, youth, and families.

JI is the resource for community leaders, elected officials, and policy makers on children and youth issues.