News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From the Greater Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking….
      >>  Go here for a copy of “A Parent Guide to online Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking During COVID-19”. Some good stuff here especially near the end of the piece.
      >>  From ECPAT-USA: Go here for Online Safety Guides for Youth and Adults
O  The Office on Trafficking in Persons and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center are offering a free 1.5-hour virtual SOAR to Health and Wellness training, which teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Interested participants can register for one of the trainings below:         
Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   

O  From Cleveland Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund….
Announced its 9th round of grants to to support the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community totaling $928,000 to 18 organizations & groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake & Geauga counties. I’m pleased to see that this time there are several organizations that are recipients of this email & provide services to our area.  If you’re a nonprofit incurring costs related to the COVID-19 crises response email to learn more about the streamlined funding process & how you might qualify.  Learn more here.

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center…. Announced that they are once again participating in the Kids Summer Food Program. Starting June 4 through August 21, from 11 am to Noon, Monday thru Friday, children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free healthy bag lunch. Pick-up takes place at the drive through before you reach the main entrance.

O  From OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence - ):
      >>  Some items of interest picked up from their monthly newsletter:
            > Resources related to their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion statement:
Systemic Racism Explained via ACT.TV
                Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History
               They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials (Plain Language Edition)
            >  Just two of a number of professional development opportunities for people with disabilities and those supporting them—families, educators, caregivers, service providers, and others:
Promoting Access for People Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, or Visually Impaired. Try “The Center for the Young Child’s” new suite of resources 
      >>  And for resources/support of all kinds go here:

O  From Aspire Greater Cleveland….
They’ve been successful at adapting to the new normal & have implemented an online learning program featuring online classes, one-on-one tutoring & distance education work programs. Current offerings include: GED/HSE Test Prep, ESOL Classes, Citixeenship Test Prep & Basis Reading classes for non-reading or low-level reading adults. Call 1.833.ASPIRE2 (1.833.277.4732) or you can complete a registration form at .

O  From Search Institute:
Search Institute’s research is demonstrating that when young people experience developmental relationships with parents, educators, youth program staff, and other adults their outcomes are better, their risk behaviors are lower, and they are more likely to be on the path to thrive in life. See how you’re doing during this restrictive period caused the COVID pandemic.  Click this link to download their “Relationships Check” list:
      >>   To learn more about S.I.’s Developmental Relationship initiative visit, their companion website focusing on tips, tricks, tools & techniques for parents, families & youth serving organizations.

O  From The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland:
       >>  If you have a child age B to 4 ½
go here: to learn about the Imagination Library & how to register your child to receive a free age-appropriate book mailed each month directly to him/her up until the age of 5.

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >>  Click here
to read summaries of the Back To School Family Survey conducted last month.
     >>  Parma Virtual Academy….A new option for those families not yet comfortable sending their kids back to school. “…. The Parma Virtual Academy will have the same curriculum, it will have our teachers and it will have a director who serves as a principal. The difference will really only be the location of the learning....” Go here for more information.
      >>  Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & school district programming to include Distance Learning Assignments, Emergency Food Distribution, Class of 2020 Info & Upcoming Events, links to Monday Monitor E-newsletter, etc.
O  From Southwest Community Based Services (SCBS):
      >>  “Kinship Connections” is a free, bi-weekly virtual support group for those providing care for a relative and/or another’s child.
The program is offered every other Monday, 10:00 to 11:00 am. For more information or to register contact Sierra Schempp, MSW at 440.885.2421 or email at .
      >>  The popular Clothing Center reopened on June 4th. The following restrictions will be enforced: you must have a mask/face covering. We will be checking temperatures. Only two people allowed in the center at a time, for 15 minutes at a time. You will only be allowed to access the center once a month. They’re trying to maintain safe protocols, while allowing access to an important Community resource.
      >>  Call 440.887.4873 w/questions & check (Follow)  their FB page for updates.

O  From MyCom & Starting Point….Go here for an exhaustive list of “….Covid-19 Community Resources to help you and your family get through this unprecedented time.”  A lot of stuff here – worth a visit.

O  An update from the County Library
      >>  CCPL has just announced their plan to reopen beginning Monday, July 6th, Click here for details and a list of FAQ’s:
      >>  Families are invited to participate in the Summer Reading 2020 game.  Play online or use a game board, which will be available for youth only.  Drive-up window service is available at select branches, including Parma, Parma-Snow, Middleburg Heights and North Royalton Branches.  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Information and instructions at
      >>  Is your child ready for kindergarten?... This month the Kindergarten Club video series focuses on building the math skills kids need to make a successful transition to kindergarten. You can watch on their YouTube channel or website. A new series of lessons is posted each month. These videos are intended to be viewed in order as each lesson builds upon the last one.
Go here: to try any of these favorite, easy & fun "Maker" activities for kids & adults.
 Have a soon-to-be teen driver? They can practice sample Ohio Permit tests as many times as they need — until they’re ready to take the real DMV test! Other than having a library card there’s no special registration or fees required. Try it here.
      >>  While there, get on their mailing list to receive periodic notices of upcoming events & services. In the current issue I learned that a) w/my library card I have free access to all the latest Consumer Reports and b) just recently announced is the Kindergarten Club video series, 12 videos designed to help parents prepare their children for  a successful transition to kindergarten from home.
      >>  Given your library card allows access to a “….robust digital collection of eBooks , eAudiobooks , movies , music and online learning platforms. Our What to Read LIVE program on Facebook offers rapid-fire reading recommendations from our expert librarians every Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Our Ask Us Online service is available on the Library’s website to provide you with: Library account help, Digital collection support,  Answers to your reference questions & Live homework help via ….”

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020