La Center United Newsletter

September 2021

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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Youth Mental Health First aid is a mental health & suicide prevention training geared towards youth supporters 16+

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About this event

Date & Time: Saturday, September 18th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: La Center Evangelical Church, 111 E 5th st. La Center, WA 98629

Cost: Free

Training Description:

La Center United is hosting trainer Curtis Miller to provide a youth mental health and suicide prevention training. Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided please contact with any allergies or dietary concerns

2021-22 La Center United Calendar of Events

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No September Coalition Meeting

La Center United September coalition meeting is canceled for September to allow for a smooth back to school transition. Coalition meetings are set to resume Thursday, October 14th. Follow La Center United on social media, or or follow this newsletter for calendar updates

The Loft

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Parents must register their youth for the Loft prior to attending. Parents can register online here:
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New Community Member Welcome Basket

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La Center United Partners with Community Organizations and Local Businesses To Welcome New Community Members

La Center United has partnered with community organizations and local businesses to compile baskets with local information and swag items to welcome new neighbors to the community.

Each basket consists of: a La Center United welcome letter, brochures, and/or business cards from local businesses, churches, and volunteer groups, a treat from Sadie & Josie's bakery, a face mask, a La Center United: bandana, pop-socket, pen, and lanyard, a small notebook, to-go “youth first” bag, key chain, La Center Museum Centennial newspaper, and calendar with historical pictures of La Center.

If you are a new community member or know a new member of the community who may be interested in a community welcome basket please contact

You can still participate in this community basket project through any of these ways :

1) Collect flyers, business cards, and swag from all the local businesses, churches, groups, etc to help them feel the love of La Center. If you know of any of these people or groups that would be interested. Please message me or any La Center United member to connect (~50 1-page flyers should be plenty), or email us at with "welcome basket" in the subject line.

2) Volunteers are currently meeting virtually on Wednesdays at 7 PM to organize basket collection and planning to compile more baskets/ delivery.

3) We are seeking ways to "know" when new families move in so the baskets can be delivered.

Inspiring Hope Youth Bucketlist

La Center United's Youth Leadership team worked hard to find a creative way to encourage their peers to stay hopeful through these changing times. Youth created a list of activities their peers can complete in their homes or around their community. By completing these activities youth are eligible to win prizes, the more activities completed the better the prizes. For every 10 Items, completed youth must share at least 1 picture of them completing 1 item, and then will be eligible to collect cool prizes.

Prizes range from candy to footballs, drawstring bags, beanie hats, pop sockets, and more..... Please submit photos along with your name and the best way to contact and we will be in touch Regarding Prizes. If you are in need of supplies or support in completing this list please contact

The Prevent Washington State Rural network is seeking photos

What does your community look like? Submit photos today!

What do rural communities look like?

What does it mean to be rural?

What are the greatest strengths in your community?

We would like to capture all of the above, and more, in photos of rural communities across the state. We're building an online "stock photo library" of pictures that rural community members, like you, submit to us.

There is a significant lack of representation in marketing and promotional materials that accurately reflect rural lifestyle and culture. We would like to address this together so that our partners, supporters, and members can use appropriate images in prevention campaigns, fliers, posters, social media, and more.

Click here to submit your photos!

All images will be reviewed by our Toolkit Workgroup committee before being included in our online toolkit. The online toolkit should be published in June of 2021. Any images of youth or minors will require a permission form that can be signed online by parents and guardians at the time of submission, or at a later date.

Share Your Story

The Rural Network is gathering stories of success and innovation to create an online gallery of ways people have overcome obstacles, adapted prevention materials, or created new implementation strategies for prevention.

Take the five question survey to help us get a sense of what's working in your area.

Eventually, all submissions will be available online in a gallery that will help members and prevention practitioners become more innovative in their approaches to this work.

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Our Mission:

Inspiring our community to be safe, healthy and resilient

Preventing destructive behavior through open access to education and environmental strategies

Supporting those in need, sharing ideas, and offering help

Our Vision:

A healthy and resilient community for youth and families