News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)
More re: Human Trafficking Raising Awareness – Some More Basic Indicators:
Source: “Suggested Best Practices for Law Enforcement” Guide dated March 2019
Note: This is meant to serve as a guide for identifying potential trafficked victims (labor or sex). The list is not all-inclusive nor in order of importance. The presence of one or more indicators may warrant further investigation.
>> Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions >> Working excessively long hours
>> Wages are withheld, or not in control of own money >> A missing juvenile
>> Unable to come & go freely, or security measures that appear to keep a person inside an establishment >> A family member, loved one or pet is being threatened.
FOR LOCAL HELP: Cleveland Rape Crisis Ctr. – Project S.T.A.R. 24 hr Hotline 855.431.STAR (7827)
Renee Jones Empowerment Ctr. & The NE Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic
Working with the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, is the Imagine Foundation, a small but growing human trafficking focused non-profit located in Parma Hts.
Visit www.imaginefreedom.org or call 216.365.8078
O Here’s another interesting graphic from the Center for Community Solutions addressing the issueof disengaged youth (those between 16 & 24 neither in school or employed), noting 21% are in Cleveland w/the suburbs having around 10%. Based on that 10% figure & using the district’s student enrollment of around 9,800, we would have close to 1,000 of these folks in our community that could benefit from our help. Check it out here:https://tinyurl.com/CCS-Disengaged-Youth
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
>> The group continues to grow with activities and spirited, open discussions on issues of their choosing. Kids between the ages of 12 - 17 attending school in the area are welcome.
>> For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph: 440.884.1235.
O From Parma City Schools:
>> Saturday, May 18th concluded a series of 12 public Strategic Consolidation meetings designed to solicit input & share information regarding district facility planning. An online survey is available to gain input from those unable to attend any of those meetings… www.parmacityschools.org/survey. September will begin another series of meetings where specific ideas/recommendations will be proposed & discussed.
> Go here https://www.parmacityschools.org/Page/7883 to view meeting minutes & copies of all related documents.
>> To learn where free summer lunch programs can be found, i.e.: in the schools, in libraries & others, click here: https://tinyurl.com/freekidlunch
O If you haven’t heard, the Pay It Forward Café, an outreach of Community Ambassadors, is alive & well, now being hosted every 2nd Saturday at noon, at Ridgewood Methodist Church, 6330 Ridge Rd. Find out more about this great program by visiting https://comamb.org/pay-it-forward-cafe/
O From Ohio Dept. of Education:
>> Go here http://education.ohio.gov/ to access available resources/information re: schools in the district & the release of OH|ID, ODE’s new information portal.
>> Prepared by our local ESC-Project Aware program, go here https://tinyurl.com/Mental-Hlth-Online-Resources to view an extensive list of mental, behavioral & social-emotional resources available online.
O From Achievement Center for Children:
>> Summer Horseback Riding classes are open to all typically developing children ages 4 & up. These 1 hour classes are offered June thru August on Mondays at 9:30 or 10:30 & on Wednesday at 10:30. The cost is $25/child w/no minimum commitment. Contact Marla Rzeszotarski, Camp Cheerful volunteer at email@example.com or 330-608-0352.
>> If you’d like to learn more about the Achievement Center for Children & Camp Cheerful visit their web site at: https://achievementcenters.org/
O From the Parma Area Family Collab:
>> As a reminder, for anyone providing care for someone else’s child, consider stopping by the Collab from 10:30 - 12:00 pm, the 2nd Monday of each month for KINSHIP KOFFEE. Share your concerns, issues, learn about available support & resources, receive encouragement….light refreshments are served & free childcare is available. Call 440.887.4873 for more information.
>> The relocation of staff & services of the Parma Area Family Collaborative from Hanna to Parkview elementary s/b completed on or before the week of June 17th. Note that Kinship Koffee on Monday the 10th & the Mobile Food Pantry on Thursday, June 14th will take place at Hanna as scheduled.
>> Learn more about the Family Collaborative, its programs, services, events & resources available in the community by visiting https://familycollaborative.com/ or call the Collab at 440.887.4873.
O From our Tri-City MyCom Youth Group:
>> Find out what’s new & learn more about the County’s MyCom initiative and its programs & events by visiting www.mycomcle.org.
O From Pathway - Caring for Children:
>> Save the date - Wednesday, June 26th. Where: Parma Library, Powers Blvd. Pathway will be hosting a free Parent & Child Wellness Seminar with a focus on the mental health of our youth. Topics include anxiety/depression, suicide prevention & family self care. Call 216.267.7070 to register.
O From College Colleagues (a local CBS & Collab partner):
>> Developed to mitigate knowledge loss over the summer, consider registering your student in one of these reasonably priced programs: Bully Proof, Cursive Class, Paint Your Pet, Abstract Yarn Art. Go here for details: www.collegecolleagues.net or phone 216.978.6524.
O From Love, Inc. (active Collab partner & engaged supporter of many local initiatives):
>> Visit their web site at http://loveinccuyahoga.org/ to learn more about their outreach and to register for their Annual Golf Outing scheduled for June 17th at Pine Hills G.C.
O The 29th Annual Parma Chamber of Commerce Rib n Rock is June 6 – 9th this year. For folks/organizations interested in volunteering, call as indicated: Front Gate – Jenn Moore 440.759.1560; Coke Booth – Cheryl McIntosh 440.886.1700; Token Booth – Cathy Hogan 216.403.9900; Beer Booth- Ken Burdzinski 216.402.5980. For questions or general information call Cheryl at 440.886.1700 or check out the website at www.parmaribnrock.com
O From the County Library System
>> Registration for the Summer Reading program is now open. Go here to participate:
>> Interested in their summer camp offerings? Go Here:
>> There are also computer classes for both beginners or for those looking to sharpen and/or learn specifics skills. Go here to learn more:
O From the Parma Snow Library:
>> Go here: https://tinyurl.com/CCPL-Parma-SnowCalendar to display their event calendar for the current month.
O From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.):
>> Go here: https://tinyurl.com/CCPL-ParmaCalendar to display their event calendar for the current month.
>> Summer Lunch - Ages 18 & under. Monday - Friday / June 3rd - August 9th. 11:30 a.m. We will serve free brown-bag lunches provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last. Kids in attendance will receive a free book from the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank. https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/lunch.aspx
>> Mad Science: Destination Moon!- Families with children entering Grades K – 5. Saturday, June 8th at 2:00 pm. Explore space with Mad Science of Northeast Ohio's out-of-this world demonstrations about the moon. https://tinyurl.com/MadScienceMoon
>> Summer FUN for Everyone! - Entering Grades 1 - 8. Monday - Friday / June 10th — August 2nd. 11:30 am - 3:30 pm. Join in the fun on weekdays after Summer Lunch. Different activities each day. Weekly themes include animation, puppetry, building challenges and maker days. https://tinyurl.com/SummerFun4Everyone
O From the Parma Hts. Branch Library:
>> Go here: https://tinyurl.com/CCPL-ParmaHtsCalendar to display their event calendar for the current month.
>> Summer Storytimes at the Library: For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families. Saturday, 6/1 - Wednesday, 7/31. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more.. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information.
>> Summer Lunch at the Library: For those 18 or younger; 11:00am-11:30am, Monday to Friday from June 3rd to August 9th. Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the Library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last.