News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

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RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:
O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
      >>  The items listed below were referenced and made available during a recent Internet Safety & Exploitation webinar. Both of the publications and more, are available by visiting the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Initiative webpage and are worth a serious review. Access by clicking on the hyperlink;  the “TinyURL” links are meant to be shared w/a friend or colleague during a conversation.
        >  Parent Resource Guide - Apps to Watch or try   (There are 14 of them. All but 2 I never heard of before.)   >  Parent Resources Guide - Protecting Kids When They Go Online or
      >>  Learn more about the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, one of over 70 of the Collab’s partner organizations.

O  From Futures Without Violence ... For youth & those who work with youth, they’ve created:
       >>   Hanging Out or Hooking Up safety cards urge teens and young adults to reflect on how they are treated by the people they date, and shows how to support friends experiencing relationship abuse.
      >>  A webinar with strategies to help school-based health providers discuss relationship abuse and trafficking with adolescents, and lessons learned from this work.
      >>  Our Changing Minds NOW website, with powerful videos showing how school staff, coaches, and others have helped youth overcome trauma, along with resources for teachers, mentors, school nurses, and others. They include How School Staff Can Help Students Heal from Trauma, which explains how violence affects child development and what adults can do to promote resilience; and Five Everyday Gestures to Help Children Heal, which shows how supportive, caring adults can help prevent or mitigate trauma.

O  From Ohio House District 14 Representative Sean Brennan - Monthly Newsletter

O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors identified & vetted by the MyCom network.  These focus primarily on supporting organizations, programs, and projects that connect kids to careers: The Catalyze Challenge  >  Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation  >  Panera Bread Foundation  >  TJX Foundation  >  Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation

O  From
Parma City Schools:
>>  Starting this school year, all reduced-price eligible students will eat for free! Ohio's biennial budget provides funding to cover the cost of breakfast and lunch for students qualifying for reduced-price meals. To apply, visit
O  From Parma Council of PTAs:
      >> Interested in Joining the PTA?
Clicking on this LINK TREE provides immediate access to all individual school PTAs as well as Parma Early Childhood, First Step Preschool, and A.C.E.S. Center For Education PTAs. Get involved; make a difference.

O  From Search Institute:
      >>  “Express Care” is one of the five key elements of SI’s Developmental Relationships initiative. Go here to learn of everyday practices that communicate that you value each young person, & help young people come to know they can trust you.
SI has recently created a very well-organized, functional online resource hub where you can find all the tools and support you need as you help young people learn, grow, and thrive. Included are tools, activities, measurements, webinars,  research-based resources & much more. This short video walks you through what’s available & how to navigate it. There’s a lot of great free stuff here – worth at least a visit.

O  From ROX (Ruling Our Experiences) ... A research-based organization helping girls succeed in academics, relationships, careers & life. The Girls' Index, their study of nearly 11,000 girls across the country, discovered that by the time girls get to high school... > 46% don’t believe they’re smart enough for their dream career;  > 1 in 3 avoid leadership positions because they don’t want to appear bossy;  > 1 in 2 don’t speak their mind or disagree with others because they want to be liked;  >  30% with a 4.0-grade point average don’t think they’re smart enough for their dream job. Girls told our researchers over and over again that what they need to be successful in life is confidence. SI’s Developmental Relationship initiative can help us address this issue.

O  From NASA Science:
  Whether you’re a STEM instructor, volunteer, or parent homeschooling your child, here are several sites guaranteed to spark interest & get them engaged.
      >>  NASA for Students Grades K-4: Fun activities centered around all things NASA such as games, puzzles, color, and more.
      >>  Climate Kids: Learn about weather and climate through games, activities, and videos
      >>  James Webb Space Telescope STEM Toolkit: Virtual and classroom resources related to the James Webb Space Telescope.
      >>  Sun STEM Toolkit: Virtual and classroom resources related to the sun.

O  From City of Parma ... A free Tenant & Landlord Training event is scheduled for Thursday, October  5th from 6 – 8 pm at the Parma City Hall Council Chambers, 6611 Ridge Rd. Topics include landlord & tenant duties, security deposits, eviction procedures, conflict resolution & more.  For details go here.

O  An FYI ...
In case you haven’t heard, free COVID Test Kits can now be ordered online by going to 

O  From
Ohio Dept of Education (ODE) ... Go here to learn more and/or apply/re-apply for the Afterschool Childhood Enrichment (ACE) Education Saving Program.  It provides qualifying families a $1,000 credit per child (6- 18) that can be used for a variety of before and after-school educational programs.

O  From MyCom ... As a reminder - MyCom is a youth development network with a vision that all children & young adults in Greater Cleveland have access to and engage in positive opportunities that allow them to become productive adults. And, as some of you will recall, up until several years ago we were one of the then 12 MyCom Neighborhoods. To demonstrate their growth & maturity, currently...
      >>  Their network now includes 19 Neighborhoods, 13 in the City of Cleveland & six in the surrounding suburbs w/connections to more than 200 partner organizations.
      >>  Click on the “Find Youth Programs & Out Of School Time” link to view the broad range of experiential/educational opportunities offered by the various “Neighborhoods”.
      >>  If you or your organization is interested in learning more about MyCom or Out-of-School / After-School programming in general, please let me know.

O  From Parma Area Kiwanis ... SAVE THE DATE – Plan on attending “HOWL-O-WEEN” -  Where: Bartels Busack Animal Hospital Parking lot; When: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Saturday, October 7th; Why: Proceeds to benefit The Parma Animal Shelter celebrating their 20th anniversary & the Parma Area Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.

O  From The Down Syndrome Association (formerly the Upside of Downs):
      >>  Fall Family Grant Applications are now open ...
DSANEO Families are invited to apply for a family grant. The application deadline is October 15, 2023. Family Grants are made available to the members of DSANEO to provide financial assistance which directly improves the life of an individual with Down syndrome. The funding for Family Grants comes from donations and fundraisers. Click HERE for more information and the application.
O  From Connecting For Kids:
      >>  SAVE THE DATE:  Will be hosting a free, Learning Disability Provider Showcase. WHEN: 6 pm – 8 pm, Wed,  Nov. 29th. WHERE: Westlake Porter Public Library.  The event offers parents the opportunity to meet with more than 40 area providers offering tutoring and other learning disability services, including Academic Programs,  Alternative Schools,  Education Advocates and attorneys,  Tutors, etc.Go here for additional details a/o to register. Vendors interested in participating are asked to contact Connecting for Kids Community Relations Manager, Joellen Podoll, at
  C4K posts all of the latest fliers and webinar information it receives from local and national providers on the CFK Flier Connection page on Facebook – click the link to join. Visit their website to learn more about what this local organization has to offer.
O  From Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) ... Will be hosting “Community Organizing 101” - a professional development opportunity for NLI alumni and other community leaders. This 2-day course will take place October 20-21 at the NLI office, located at 5246 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, OH 44127. Learn more & register here.

O  From The How Kids Learn Foundation ...
Promoting Financial Literacy For Youth In Afterschool Programs” -  Has made available a webinar featuring afterschool practitioners who have successfully integrated financial literacy into their programs. It also features financial literacy experts on why financial literacy is important for youth, available curriculum and materials, and how to get started offering financial literacy in your afterschool program. View the webinar here.
O  From
The Literacy Cooperative & Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL):
      >>  Available from their Healthy Families Program: “Tips For a Successful Kindergarten Year ...
Discover valuable advice for a smooth transition to kindergarten and more.  Watch the YouTube video here.
      >>  Two literacy-related articles that you should find helpful ...
          > Helping Your Child: Guidance for Families” – Reading problems are common, but they can have different causes & warning signs. Read more here.
          > “Neurodiversity & Children with Learning Differences” - Dyslexia, autism, executive function, and ADHD are all expressions of our human neurodiversity. Read more here.

O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
      >>  Kids Café:
A collaboration w/the Cleve Food Bank provides free meals for children 18 & under after school, Mon. through Fri., during the school year. Parma Hts & the Powers Branch: 3:30 – 4:30; Parma-Snow: 3:15 – 4:15.
     >>  Prepping for college:  Get help writing college and scholarship essays, receive an overview of postsecondary education programs and services, learn how to prepare for the SAT and ACT, and more. Go here for September’s topics, times & locations.
      >>  Baby Club ... Boost your baby's brain through play: Learn more & register here for a 5-week club for caregivers and children ages birth to 2 years old. Learn helpful tips and research-backed practices you can use to boost your baby’s brain through play and connect with other families. Siblings welcome! The program is sponsored by Ohio's 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage
Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank FRESH PRODUCE Mobile Food Pantry. Locally, Parma Hts mobile pantry will take place from 10 – 12 noon, Wed, Oct. 18th.   
      >>  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
            > Learn how you can become a CCPL Volunteer and the programming opportunities available.
            > One-on-one tech help is available from the Digital Navigator service.
Learn how to hold a conversation in over 70 languages
            > Digital Newsstand - 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 preschool & school-aged youth. Scroll down for Teacher resources.
Cuyahoga Works: Job and Career Services, ESOL, GED, Citizenship classes
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Click here to visit CCPL’s, Home Page


Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 1:36 PM, 10.01.2023