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Mental illness and addiction are serious health concerns in our community. Dr. Kent Youngman, CEO of the Mental Health & Recovery Board explains that "the great news is that effective and affordable treatment is available in Clark County." Many people may not know that recovery rates for addiction are comparable to rates of recovery for physical health problems like asthma, diabetes, and hypertension and have been shown to be even greater for depression and bipolar disorders. Untreated depression and addiction are the primary risk factors for suicide.
"Take action today, if you believe that you or your child may be suffering from mental illness or addiction," encourages Youngman. He encourages you to attend the Community Alliance for Youth training on May 15th to increase your ability to recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide and learn how to respond. "The sooner you get help, the easier it is to get back on a healthy track."
The Hagen Center is hiring a full-time Americorps VISTA to work with the Alliance beginning June 9, 2014. The position must be filled by Friday, April 25th. Yes, next Friday!
Interested applicants should contact Stephanie McCuistion at the Hagen Center right away by phone:327-7947 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alliance is now forming a planning committee to collaboratively develop a leadership academy for Clark County youth. The Academy will focus on building self-determination and college readiness through service, and will ensure 50% participation from at-risk youth. Although planning will include the identification of an evidence- based curriculum for K-16 students, the pilot will focus on 7-12th grade students.
Committee membership requires a six hour commitment. We hope that each participant can attend each session below, but if not, commit to having his/her organization represened at each of the three sessions.
The planning committee is co-chaired by Stephanie McCuistion, Hagen Center and Kathy Lopez, Juvenile Court. Amanda Cole, associated with Wright State's South African Youth Leadership Academy, will facilitate all planning sessions assisted by Andrea Massaro of the Wilson Sheehan Foundation. The Foundation is providing funds to Wittenberg to support this planning process. Visit www.communityallianceforyouth.org to register for each of these sessions.
Wed. April 30
9 – 11 AM
Gathering Local Input
Wed. May 28
Re-Cap & Recommendations
Tue. June 24
Sunday, April 27 The Photographer's Tool bag at the Springfield Museum of Art, 2-3:30pm
Wednesday, April 30 Community Service Partner Luncheon 12-1pm
Wednesday, April 30 Park Portraits Competition at National Trail Parks & Recreation
Thursday, May 15 Innovative Youth Intervention: Depression and Suicide 10am-2pm
For more information about all of these events Click Here
A new afterschool professional development resource is available- the Out-of-School Time Professional Development Center. The Center was created through a partnership with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to provide convenient, Interactive Online Learning; 36 Certificate Courses from subject matter expert Roberta Newman; courses that all tie directly to NAA Core Competencies; networking opportunities with other professionals in the field;access to hundreds of additional courses touching on all topics. Information is available at www.OSTPD.com If you sign up by May 1st and enter coupon code OSTPDPROMO1, you will save $50.
According to the most recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 14% of Americans have below basic literacy skills. Locally, U.S. Census' 2008-2012 American Community Survey estimates that 14% of Clark County adults 25 years and older lack a high school diploma. Many of these individuals struggle with sub-basic skills, and many cannot read medicine prescriptions, cannot fill out a health form, cannot locate a doctor's office on a map, and cannot follow a doctors written instructions. Others cannot keep a job or fill out forms or even get a drivers license. And others still are children struggling to catch up in a school becuase of a learning disability.
Founded in 1988 as a non-profit adult education organization, the CCLC is the place where local people can recieve individualized help for literacy challenges that stand in the way of personal development and success. The CCLC increases the level of functional literacy and self sufficiency among the people of Clark County (Mission Statement). The CCLC offers Basic Literacy to adults who struggle with low level reading skills. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program allows non-native English speakers to improve their English speaking and communication skills. Children who struggle with reading in school may join the Teaching Children to Read program. All reading programs include orientations, assessments, computer assisted learning, one-on-one tutoring, and reassessments. These programs are offered free or with a nominal membership fee and match each student one-on-one with a tutor who has completed the CCLC's Certified Tutor Training program. In program year 2013, the CCLC trained 84 volunteer tutors and served 58 basic Literacy students, 40 ESOL students, and 70 TCR students. For more information contact David Smiddy at email@example.com