Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow, publicly launched Moms Fight Back (MFB), a nonprofit organization created to build a community of Colorado moms that advocate for safer, healthier families and communities. The organization addresses today’s most pressing issues such as school safety, teen sex abuse and assault, foster care reform, child abuse and neglect, youth marijuana use and bullying prevention. MFB provides tools, educational resources and support groups to address these critical issues in the context of how they impact a child’s life at home and at school, as well as in the legislative and judicial systems.
“I created MFB because my daughter faced an unthinkable tragedy in high school, and all I wanted to do was help her put the pieces back together,” said Ganahl. “Having built a successful company, I knew how to deal with adversity but when it came to advocating for my daughter, I found it extremely challenging to get the help and support that our family so desperately needed.”
In an effort to connect with local moms, MFB is continuing its statewide listening tour – similar to a town hall – in Centennial on Tuesday April 26 at Heritage Greens Community Room located at 4814 E. Links Circle from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Investigator Mike Harris and Chief Deputy Arapahoe District Attorney, Leora Joseph will be in attendance to discuss the critical challenges, concerns and issues facing Centennial families today. There will be an interactive session where participants have the chance to voice what they care about most about so MFB can share those concerns with our legislators, community leaders, and other local non-profits in an effort to make real change for our families. Register for the event on their Facebook page here.
MFB brings moms together to facilitate productive, effective discussions regarding the critical issues that children face today, and the action needed to make significant changes in our communities. Below are a few examples of MFB initiatives that support these goals:
- The Colorado Moms Tour: MFB is hosting a statewide listening tour, similar to a town hall, that will begin in March 2016 in Colo. Springs and travel across the front range to 25 communities including Longmont, Pueblo, Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Douglas and Larimer, bringing together industry experts and moms to discuss the critical challenges, concerns and issues facing families today.
- Momma Bear Clubs: immediately following each listening tour, MFB will offer a community-based, anti-bullying program for kids and assertiveness training for moms in an effort to empower them to handle difficult issues or situations with confidence.
- Legislative Engagement: MFB will create task-forces that conduct ongoing outreach to state legislators by supporting or drafting bills that protect children and their families.
- The Moms Fight Back Seal Of Approval: MFB is developing a pilot program with Colorado schools assessing school safety, as well as creating a District Attorney Teen Sex Assault Report Card that looks at District Attorneys’ handling of teen sex abuse and assault prosecution. MFB is also developing a Family Court Rating System that will allow judges, special advocates, attorneys and social workers that work in the family court system to be rated by those involved in a case. In all three of these categories, those receiving exemplary status will receive the MFB Seal of Approval.
- #FightBackin5: a quick and easy tool that shares valuable information via text about community actions you can take that make a difference in just 5 minutes a day.
“We are committed to maintaining a constant pulse on the most important issues facing families today,” said Ganahl. “One of the ways we will do this is to collect 100,000 personal stories from Colorado moms who have faced adversity in their homes and communities. Our goal is to gather these stories by 2018 via our website, social media platforms and community events so we can create a coalition of moms who support and advocate together to make positive changes for the betterment of all our kids.”
To learn more about Moms Fight Back, please visit www.momsfightback.org or connect on Facebook and Twitter.
About Moms Fight Back
Moms Fight Back (MFB) is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization building a statewide community of moms to tackle the most pressing issues facing kids, families and communities today. MFB offers a robust online community, as well as educational tools and resources on the key issues impacting moms and their families. From sexual assault to school safety, MFB maintains a constant pulse on the most important issues, through ongoing discussions with moms and community outreach across the state of Colorado.