The 2016 Keeping Kids Safe Tour visited Show Low, Snowflake, Fort Apache, Cibeque, and Window Rock aiming to create safer and healthier communities for kids through increased awareness and education. The Navajo County Public Health District, Naked Mobile, and a variety of local groups are working together as The Naked Truth Coalition to address tough issues surrounding children.
June 6th through the 11th was the first Keeping Kids Safe Tour put on through a joint initiative called The Naked Truth Coalition and driven by the Navajo County Public Health District to create safer and healthier communities for all White Mountain residents—especially local youth. The Coalition is comprised of a number of community organizations, community leaders, faith groups, law enforcement, public agencies, healthcare professionals, and concerned local residents.
“Over the past few months our coalition has created increased awareness about tough issues facing our community: child sexual abuse, high STD rates, teen pregnancy, and human trafficking,” said Allison Hephner, Community Outreach Manager for Navajo County Public Health District. “We have reached thousands of adults and community leaders in Navajo and Apache counties through presentations, radio and TV PSAs, video podcasts, social media, advertising, events, and press.”
The Naked Truth Coalition’s first campaign culminated in the Keeping Kids Safe Tour featuring nationally-acclaimed speaker Amy Lang, expert on “The Birds & Bees & Kids” and visited Show Low, Snowflake, Fort Apache, Cibeque, Window Rock, aiming to create safer and healthier communities for kids through increased awareness and education.
Sponsored by Naked Mobile and presented by the Navajo County Public Health District, the tour events for parents were FREE and open to the general public, and the professional training events provided CEUs–in addition to valuable insight– for a variety of adults who work with kids and teens on a day to day basis. The training events also featured Chief Joe Shelley of the Show Low police department, who spoke on the topic of child abduction and sex trafficking and how to prevent these tragedies from happening.
A raffle benefitting the Family Advocacy Center located in Show Low raised more than $4,000 and included a variety of prizes including a rifle donated by The Hub, Diamondbacks tickets from Embellished in Pinetop, a bike donated by Naked Mobile, and a zip line package donated by Sunrise Park.
“One of our goals is to teach parents and caregivers how to talk to kids and teens about the birds and the bees, and other important topics related to keeping kids safe and healthy,” said Hephner. “Programs like this not only shed light on the issues facing us, they provide vital insight on how to fix them and build a healthier, safer, happier community. I am thrilled to see the positive impact that the Keeping Kids Safe Tour has had on those who attended our events. It has been truly life changing for many.”