News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse: Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks –
O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
      >>  Go here to register for a free, virtual  “Fundamentals of Human Trafficking” program scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th, beginning at 10:30 am.
      >>  Save the date: October 20-21, 2022... join us in envisioning a new movement focused on creating a roadmap for collaboration where all systems and survivors work together for solutions. This county-wide,  appreciative inquiry, “Thriving Youth Summit” will be facilitated by the Community Innovation Network at Case Western Reserve University. Watch for more information coming soon.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.     

O  From Futures Without Violence:  In recognition of Fathers Day click on the links below to learn more about their work to end gender-based violence.
      >>  Coaching Boys Into Men  -  Since 2001, this program has provided high school athletic coaches with the resources they need to prevent harassment and sexual assault.
      >>   How Do You Want Your Kids to Remember You? - a powerful new workbook for fathers who have harmed their partners and families and want to change.       
     >>   National Strategy Center on Engaging Men to End Gender-Based Violence. This groundbreaking new initiative is designed to inspire men to help stop violence and abuse. The new website offers principles and considerations for initiatives that engage men, resources and tools for men’s programming, contemporary research, and much more.

O From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
      >>  Visit their “Training Institute” page for course offerings scheduled for July & August.
      >>  Learn about the ways YOU can help prevent sexual abuse in our communities by registering for the 2-part, free, virtual Ambassador Training Series. Check available dates and register here.
O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors, these w/a mostly education (both educator & student) focus, identified by the MyCom network:  > The Justin J. Watt Foundation  > Circle of Sisterhood Foundation  > The Road Runners Club of America (RCCA)  > The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health  > The VELA Education Fund. If you’re affiliated with a family/youth-serving organization visit these funders’ sites to see if your program/service fits their mission.  
O  Parma Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC)...Go here for details about their 2022 Christmas In July Golf Outing scheduled for July 22nd at Ridgewood Golf Course.  

O  From The Downs Syndrome Association -  (formerly the Upside of Downs):
      >>  Go here to learn more about their new and extensive list of summer education enrichment opportunities for kids ages 18 mos and up.
      >>  The 2022 Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Lake Metroparks FarmPark. Go here for details and to register.
      >>  Also, check out their FB page at  and/or sign up for the E-newsletter here.

O  From OCALI...Go here to view free InspirED sessions designed to connect families and caregivers with free information and resources to support accessibility, online learning, plus tips, tricks, and strategies.

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center...Starting June 27th to August 22nd, from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday thru Friday, children ages 1 – 18 will be eligible to receive a free, healthy lunch in the ground floor cafeteria. Registration is not required but, children must eat in the hospital cafeteria to be eligible.
O From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE):
      >>  Has just announced the release of “Triple P” a free training program designed to support parents and caregivers to promote children’s well-being and make family life more enjoyable. Click here to learn more.  There’s some good stuff here – worth at least a visit.
      >>  ODE now is accepting requests from families to establish Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Accounts. The ACE Educational Savings Account program provides students ages 6-18 years old whose family income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level with a $500 credit to use for a variety of enrichment activities to accelerate learning for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of eligible activities include tutoring, day camps, music lessons and field trips. Families can find details about how to verify their income and start an ACE account on the Department website.
      >>  The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University is hosting a free, virtual Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit on Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Program’s designed to provide teachers, leaders, parents, caregivers, and community partners the tools they need to evolve their practice into authentic and impactful partnerships to support the success of all students. Go here to learn more & to register.

O  From Search Institute:
      >>  Go here to learn more about the importance of Developmental Relationships & how essential they are to young people’s success.
      >>  What is your organization’s Relationship Culture? Go here to complete SI’s Relationship Culture Checkup. Among other things, it identifies “...the importance of building positive and strong youth-adult relationships and strengthening an organization’s relational culture to support those connections.”

O  From Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities...Cuyahoga DD has compiled a list of funding and grant resources to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in Cuyahoga County. Click here to view the list.

O  From Lake Erie Ink...Go here to check out their “Creating Expressions” summer camps – giving kids of all grade levels the opportunity to foster expression through art & writing. Definitely worth at least a visit.

O  From Parma Area Kiwanis...Save The Date – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 10th. The club along w/ Bartels-Busack Pet Hospital/Resort & SPA will be hosting DOG DAYS OF PARMA. Click here for details on their FB page .

O  From Parma City Schools:    
      >>  Movie nights are confirmed 8:00 pm, every Thursday in July at Byers Field. Movies being shown are Encanto, Beauty & the Beast (animated ’91), Back to the Future, & Sing 2, in that order. The rec centers of our 3 cities are co-sponsors of this community event!  
     >>  Opening Day Kick-off Celebration, Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 10:00 am to 12:00 at Byers Field. The focus of this event will be on incoming Kindergarten students and all other new students/families to the district. There will be a  kindergarten parade, marching band performances, a community resource fair, and more. To register your organization’s participation click here & simply update the form by adding the requested information at the end of the list.
O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
      >>  Taking place at the Parma-Powers Branch...

              >  StoryWalk® - Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert  -  If you haven’t yet, take your child for a stroll outside the Parma-Powers Branch of CCPL and enjoy this picture book about flowers, gardening and nature.  Everyone is welcome to StoryWalk® any time, whether the library is open or not.  June & July at 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma.
              >  Baby & Me Storytime – July Session  -    Birth – 18 months with caregiver; Mondays in July at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books. Register here.
              >  Toddler Storytime – July Session  - 
19 – 35 months with caregiver; Tuesdays in July at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Register here.
           >  Preschool Storytime - July Session  -  Ages 3 – 5 (but not yet in kindergarten) with caregiver; Thursdays in July at 10:30 a.m.  Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Register here.
              >  Stuffy Sleepaway Camp  -  Ages 3 - 5 with a caregiver; Friday, July 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  Drop a stuffed friend off for a week of fun. Receive a letter from stuffy in the mail. Reunite at the Camp Party. Register here.
              >  Adapted / Sensory Storytime  -  Ages 3 – 5 years with caregiver; Saturday, July 30th at 11:00 a.m.
Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Register here.
           >  Summer Lunches  -  Kids ages 18 and under; Monday – Friday through August 12th / 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
CCPL will provide free lunches from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for kids ages 18 and under, while supplies last. Parma Hts Branch = 11:30 – 12:30; Parma-Powers Branch = 1:30 – 2:30; Parma-Snow = 3:15 – 4:15.
Learn more here.
      >>  Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry this month. Locally, the Parma-Snow Branch will host their Food Pantry from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 5th  (if you have the time, they do need more volunteers);  Parma Heights Branch mobile pantry will take place from 10 – 12 noon on July 20th.
      >>   CCPL’s Digital Navigators service offers one-on-one assistance to help you – or someone you know – connect to the internet, get a device, set up a telehealth appointment, and more.Click here to learn more about this unique program.
      >>  Use your CCPL library card (or get one here) to take advantage of just some of these more unique services/programs available at your library.
            > WiFi Access & Computer Classes
One-on-one tech help is available from the Digital Navigator service.
Learn how to hold a conversation in over 70 languages
            > Digital Newstand - Enjoy digital versions of your favorite news publications and magazines
            > Take your pick from thousands of streaming movies & TV shows from Hoopla, Kanopy & Overdrive
Design something & use the 3D printing capabilities of the Parma-Snow Innovation Center            
            > Learn more about Library2You, their homebound delivery service
            > Passport services are now available.
            > Check out programs for pre-school & school-aged youth. Scroll down for Teacher resources.
            >Cuyahoga Works: Job and Career Services, ESOL, GED, Citizenship classes
            > Sign up to receive the Library's weekly e-Newsletter
            > Click here to visit CCPL’s Home Page

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022