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Community Programs

DIFRC’s community programs are designed to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native children, parents/caregivers, families by increasing resiliency, sharing knowledge about parenting and child development, offering opportunities to create social connections, providing resources for times of need, and increasing children’s social and emotional skills.

Pre-registration is required for the Nurturing Parenting Program, Native Youth Empowerment Program, and Cooking Matters for Adults. Pre-registration is optional but appreciated the Social Connections Support Group. 

Child care and RTD assistance are available for all community programs.

Please check our events calendar for dates and times of community programs. 

For more information, or to register for a community program, contact Ceriss Blackwood, Resource and Referral Specialist, at (720) 500-1010 or cblackwood@difrc.org.

Nurturing Parenting Program

Culturally-adapted parenting classes are offered in a 12-week cycle for families with children 0 to 18 years old. Parents/caregivers, children, and teens attend groups designed to promote healthy physical and emotional development, appropriate roles, and developmental expectations. Families enjoy a warm meal and nurturing time together. Our Nurturing Parenting Program is designed to strengthen families through a focus in five areas:

  • Building self-worth and appropriate expectations through an increased understanding of child development,
  • Developing increased empathy and a sense of caring in parents and children,
  • Utilizing positive, non-violent discipline practices and techniques,
  • Exploring family roles and increasing self-awareness, and
  • Developing personal power in both adults and children.

Social Connections Support Group

A monthly safe and open gathering for parents and caregivers to provide support and sharing of parental roles, problem solving, and idea sharing. The Social Connections Support Group includes mutual self-help, shared leadership, and family support while strengthening protective factors and social networks. All groups and discussions are parent-led and light refreshments are provided.

Cooking Matters for Adults

Nutrition classes designed for adults offer hands-on cooking using healthy recipes and affordable ingredients. Participants receive take-home groceries after each class and graduation cooking tools, including a cookbook, knife, and cutting board. Classes run weekly for 6 weeks.


Check out this video created by DIFRC’s Community Program Coordinator for more information on Cooking Matters!

Culture Night

Each month a traditional art/craft project is showcased; previous culture nights have featured holiday ornaments, dreamcatcher making, and shawl making. Materials and light snacks are provided to support continued cultural knowledge and traditions. Children ages 6 and up can participate in craft making. 2017 Culture Night activities including leather pouches (January), beaded earrings (February), and beaded keychains (March).

Native Youth Empowerment Program

The Native Youth Empowerment Program is a summer program open to youth ages 13-17 and is designed to build skills for success in the areas of identity and self-esteem, communication, problem-solving, and responsibility while walking in two worlds. Traditional cultural and physical activities are included to support physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness. (Location and dates to be announced in May  2017.)

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