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More re: Human Trafficking Raising Awareness
Understanding the long-term impacts on HT survivors’ ability to access and maintain safe and well-paid employment opportunities is key to their successful placement and ultimate recovery. “Future Without Violence” has made available a copy of their Jun. 26th webinar: Human Trafficking and Its Impact Employment. It offers, among other things, insight into the unique types of education and employment-related challenges that survivors of human trafficking may face after they are no longer in the trafficking situation. If you’re in a position that may require you to counsel an HT survivor, or would just like to learn more about this issue, then this webinar is for you.

The Parma Heights PACT (Police and Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  Pending the return of the regular school year schedule the PACT Youth  Group will be generously donating their time to help out at the “Kids in the Commons” community day event on Aug. 10th and the St. John Bosco Fair Aug. 15th to 18th.
      >>  For announcements and detailed information visit their Facebook page at:; email:; phone: 440-884-1235.

“Kids in the Commons,” the Annual Community Days event at Greenbriar Commons in Parma Heights, is taking place from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 10th and is looking for teen volunteers. If you need service hours or would just like to help out call Erin in the Mayor’s office at 440-884-9604 or email at:

If you’re looking for things to do with your babies, toddler(s), or pre-schooler(s) up to age 5, visit:, a recently launched, family-friendly, mobile-friendly website showing activities at locations within a certain radius or anywhere in the county. You can look for events or activities or even childcare. If you're an organization providing service to that youth cohort I'd encourage you to visit the site to make your organization and/or program is listed.

O  Go here: to learn how to help your child in their transition to middle or high school. The focus is on how families can use Search Institute's Developmental Relationship Framework to help in this transition. The Developmental Relationship Framework is SI's next evolutionary step picking up where the Developmental Assets Framework has left off. I would highly recommend a visit to this link.

O  From Parma City Schools:
  Go here: to view the Superintendent’s Town Hall and Consolidation meeting schedules, minutes and status of various other district initiatives.
      >>  Sept. will begin another series of meetings where specific ideas/recommendations focused on “right-sizing” the district will be proposed and discussed. The first of these 12 meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd at Green Valley Elementary.
       >>  Mark your calendar now and plan on attending the 3rd Annual PCSD Opening Kick-off on Sat., Aug. 17th at Byers Field from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit:  for all the details.

O  Save the Date….The ever-popular “Touch A Truck-PARMA” is coming up on Sat., Aug. 24th from Noon to 4 p.m. at Shoppes At Parma. Check out all the details at:

O  Just came across an interesting, somewhat local youth support non-profit call WAGS4KIDS or Working Animals Giving Service for Kids. Their web site is worth a visit particularly if you or your group work with and/or support challenged kids. 

O  “Annual 2019 Cheers to Camp Cheerful” -
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 21st. This is the Achievement Center for Children’s signature fundraiser supporting programs and services taking place year-around at Camp Cheerful (on Royalton Rd just east of the I-71 Rt 82 interchange). Click here: to learn more about what’s available. To buy tickets or otherwise support the fundraiser click the purple banner on top of the displayed page.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
      >>  The relocation of the Collab from Hanna to their new home at Parkview Elementary, 5210 Loya Pkwy. (immediately south of Parma Sr. H.S. on W.54th St.) is now complete.
  the annual distribution of backpacks/school supplies….will take place this year at various community events, to include Parma Proud’s “Picnic in the Park” from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sat. Aug. 3rd at Zielinski Park, 7660 W. Ridgewood, Parma Hts “Kids in the Commons” at the Greenbriar complex on Sat., Aug. 10th and the district’s Opening Day Kick-off on Aug. 17th at Byers Field. Registration will be required at each event - first come/first served.  
      >>  "Parenting Partners", this popular 8 week class for good parents looking for ways to become great parents is being offered again beginning Aug. 13th. Classes are every Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. - FREE childcare is available. Call the Collab at 440-887-4873 for information and/or to register.
      >>  The Mobile Food Pantry is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8th. PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEB SITE TO CONFIRM ITS LOCATION.
      >>  Be sure to check their web site ( for any additional and/or changes in programs/services, etc.

O   From our Tri-City MyCom Youth Group:
      >>  Our local Tri-City MyCom initiative has undergone an organizational restructuring which, among other things, has seen  Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) taking over from Ohio Guidestone as the lead agency. IN THIS REGARD….
            >>>  Jen Martinez has recently joined CCPL as the Parma/Parma Heights MyCom Coordinator. As such, she will be networking with local organizations, schools, community partners and youth groups to help facilitate communication amongst all of the wonderful resources that our area has to offer. MyCom’s objective is to expose our youth to a variety of activities and connect them to a network of caring and committed adults. Jen will be out in the community meeting with existing organizations to learn what services they offer, how they can be communicated to our youth and their families, and collecting feedback outlining gaps in service that the community would like to see filled. If there is information that you would like her to share with the community and with MyCom partners, please reach out to her at 216-749-7413 or by email at
      >>  Find out what’s new and learn more about the County’s MyCom initiative and its programs and events by visiting:

O  If you’re a youth group worker, volunteer, facilitator, etc., please share with your group and Save the date Sat., Sept. 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - for the Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition’s Annual Teen Summit at Cleveland State University, Beckman Hall! FREE workshops by teens and for teens! Details are available on the MyCom’s web site noted above.

O  From the County Library System
O  Go here to get “LIBBY”, CCPL’s FREE app to stream and download books, movies TV shows, magazines, audiobooks, and comic books to your phone or tablet:

O  From the Parma-Snow Library:
  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.):

      >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  ZooMobile: Rainforest - Families with children in Grades K to 5; Sat., Aug. 10th at 11 a.m. Meet rainforest animals and learn about their diverse habitats with the Akron Zoo. Discover why the rainforest is at risk and learn its impact in Ohio.  

O  From the Parma Hts. Branch Library:
 >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Summer Lunch at the Library: For those 18 or younger; 11 to 11: 30 a.m., Mon. to Fri. from Jun. 3rd to Aug. 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.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:15 PM, 08.01.2019