MATFORCE offers an abundant Fall lineup of classes and volunteer opportunities in a new way

MATFORCE, an anti-drug organization that educates and raises awareness about substance abuse issues, has a plentiful training schedule this Fall. With classes covering a diverse array of topics MATFORCE hopes to continue its legacy of providing quality trainings for community members with a slight adjustment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations, our classes are now being offered in a virtual setting.

MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler recently offered her thoughts on these changes. “I’m proud of the quality of the in-person trainings we have offered throughout the years. MATFORCE has built a positive reputation on these trainings. It has been a challenge to move to a virtual format while maintaining the quality that our community members have come to expect. Our staff and presenters have worked diligently to bring our virtual offerings up to the standard of in-person trainings. I’m excited that we are now offering virtual classes that cover parenting education, overdose reversal, mentoring, and more.”

Below is a listing of virtual classes being offered this Fall. Registration information is included in each description.

  • Kinship Family Conversations is a virtual learning series geared toward kinship caregivers and foster parents that will equip participants with the tools to strengthen their relationships with those in their kinship family. This 3-part virtual learning series starts October 6th at 6:30 pm, with additional 1-hour classes on October 20th and 27th at 6:30 pm. This class is limited to 20 participants. Contact Kelly Lee at (928) 759-5109 or email kelly.lee@humboldtunified.com to register for this free event.
  • The Yavapai Reentry Project, a project of MATFORCE, is offering a free virtual Community Coach training for those interested in becoming a volunteer mentor for individuals returning to the community from incarceration. The next Community Coach training is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, and Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information or to register to learn more about becoming a Community Coach email info@YavapaiReentryProject.org or call (928) 708-0100.
  • Get the Facts | Save a Life: The Overdose Prevention, Recognition, and Response training covers what an opioid overdose looks like in the body and how to safely reverse the deadly side effects using naloxone. Register today for this free webinar at matforce.org/events.
  • Detective Dan Webb brings over 18 years of law enforcement experience to his Liquor Law Overview This class will introduce coalition and community members to pertinent liquor laws that may affect their communities in order to make their communities a safer place. This includes a social host state statute overview. Register today for this free webinar at matforce.org/events.
  • Do you have a loved one who is incarcerated? Learn more about the excitement, fear, and challenges when transitioning from prison into the community during the From Inmate to Citizen workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm as a virtual event. For more information or to register to learn more about this workshop email info@YavapaiReentryProject.org or call (928) 708-0100.

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