Our Kids: Our Business 11th Annual Reception

Sally Jackson


This year, Our Kids Our Business wants to allow for more participation so we transitioned from the traditional luncheon to a FREE reception that will be held on April 19 at the Hemmingson Center Ballroom at Gonzaga University from 5:30-7:30pm (program from 6-6:30pm, Networking Activity 6:30-7pm) courtesy of Priority Spokane. Registration is required and includes one drink ticket. During the reception we will recognize Sally Jackson, a long-time Spokane resident who has made Our Kids My Business. We have also set aside time to acknowledge the work that different organizations have done to improve the lives of children in our community and to begin a conversation on how we can do better together. Refreshments and live music provided. Registration is available here.

This event is sponsored by Avista Utilities, the Community Building Foundation, and Gonzaga University with support from Coordinated Care, Excelsior Youth Center, MOD Pizza, and Numerica Credit Union.

Our Kids: Our Business Motivational Interviewing Training

On April 19, we are offering a training on Motivational Interviewing from 1:00-5:00pm at the Spokane Regional Health District Auditorium. The training will be conducted by Casey Jackson. Casey is the Director of the Institute for Individual and Organizational Change (www.ifioc.com). According to his bio, Casey “started my clinical work in 1987 as a case manager/therapist in child welfare/casey+jackson+photo+IFIOCtreatment foster care and in a sexually aggressive/reactive youth treatment program. Since then I have worked as an outpatient therapist with drug abusing adolescents and their families, and as a CD/MH treatment provider for adult inmates in both state and federal prisons. From 1997 through 2011, I worked for the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training through Washington State University, first as a consultant to the Washington State Division of Mental Health headquarters and then as the Director of Training. I also maintain a private practice and contracts with Spokane Juvenile Court to provide counseling to youth on probation and in drug court. I have been training on Motivational Interviewing since 2002, and have been part of MINT since completing the training with Bill Miller and Terri Moyers in 2008. Over the years I have provided nearly 300 trainings to individual agencies and statewide organizations including mental health, Department of Corrections, divisions within state Departments of Social and Health Services, chemical dependency, juvenile justice, drug courts, vocational rehabilitation, child welfare, and schools/universities. The trainings I offer stay aligned with the Evidence-Based Practice elements of MI, and range from brief trainings through developing competencies as determined by the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) scale.” The cost for the training is $40.00/person. Tickets are available here.

This event is sponsored by Avista Utilities, the Community Building Foundation, Priority Spokane, and the Spokane Regional Health District with support from Coordinated Care, Excelsior Youth Center, and Numerica Credit Union.


FREE screening of Paper Tigers on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:45pm at the Magic Lantern

Registration is not required. Donations will benefit Our Kids Our Business. Briefly, “Paper Tigers chronicles a year in the life of Lincoln High School in the community of Walla Walla, Washington. The kids who come to Lincoln have a history of truancy, behavioral problems and substance abuse. After Lincoln’s principal is exposed to research about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), he decides to radically change the school’s approach to discipline. With the aid of diary camera footage, the film follows six students. From getting into fights, grappling with traumatic events in their lives, and on the cusp of dropping out, they find healing, support and academic promise at Lincoln High.”

This event is sponsored by Avista Utilities, the Center For Justice, the Community Building Foundation, and Priority Spokane with support from Coordinated Care, Empire Health Foundation, Excelsior Youth Center, and Numerica Credit Union.