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 (visit them on Facebook):
      >>  Shared Hope Intn’l ...  has published the 2023 Trafficking Report Card showing how each state measures up against their recommendations. The 2023 Report Card was just released this October. While Ohio received an F overall, many improvements have been made, i.e.:  Overall, Ohio’s score increased from 45 in 2022 to 56 in 2023;   >  In the issue area of criminal provisions, Ohio moved from C to B;  >  In the issue area of access to justice, Ohio moved from C to B;  >  In the issue area of tools for a victim-centered criminal justice response, Ohio moved from F to B, and more.
      >>  Learn about survivor leadership and the role of their Survivor Advisory Council.
      >>  View their interactive Human Trafficking Resource Guide containing information on over 200 service organizations supporting victims of Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio.

      >>  Become a Collaborative Community Ambassador and help mobilize the community and use your voice to raise awareness and initiate action. Learn more and apply here.
O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
  What you can do to help CRCC support survivors during HT Awareness Month...
             > Purchase basic needs supplies for their Drop-in Center;
             > Be informed. Read 10 Things to Know about Sex Trafficking;
             > Spread the word about life-saving services. Post the link to their Drop-in Center on social media to show survivors they are not alone.
  If you’re affiliated w/a youth group of any sort & looking for a program, go here to check out their extensive list of Prevention/Education programs for Students. Presentations can be age-appropriate, gender-specific & tailored to meet your needs.

O  From Ohio House District 14 Representative Sean Brennan -
Monthly Newsletter ... or website.
      >>  Registration is now open
for his 13th Annual  Run/Walk For Pierogies scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2024. To become an event sponsor send Sean an email.
      >>  Has created a Student/Teacher of the Month recognition program. To be eligible, teachers and K-12 students must reside, learn, or teach in the 14th Ohio House District which includes Parma, Parma Hts, Cleveland’s West Park area from W. 130th to Rocky River Dr. north to Lorain Rd. To nominate a student click herenominate a teacher here (also eligible are counselors, TAs, intervention specialists, or paraprofessionals).

O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors identified & vetted by the MyCom network.  These funders support organizations, programs, and projects that offer after-school activities for kids: > American Theatre Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative   > Dollar Bank Foundation  > Charles Lafitte Foundation  > McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation  > Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. If you’re affiliated with a family/youth-serving organization visit these funders’ sites to see if your program/service fits their mission. 

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >>  If you haven’t yet, sign up for the District’s new Community Newsletter. Stay informed, engaged, and connected with the latest updates, achievements, and events.
      >>  Middle School Music Nights: Incoming PCSD 5th graders are invited to learn about band, choir & orchestra ... meet the teachers & get a chance to try out some instruments. WHEN: 6 – 8 pm on Wed. Feb 7 & again on Tues, Feb. 13; WHERE: Valley Forge Auditorium. 
      >>  If you have a child entering Kindergarten in September, plan on attending the district’s Kindergarten Kickoff Carnival from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Wed., March 20th, at Green Valley Elementary (on Pleasant Valley, across from Normandy H.S.).
      >>  The Donation Drive for this year’s Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is now underway. The deadline for donations of candy-filled eggs or just eggs or candy is 4:00 pm, Fri., March 8th at Arlington Elem., 7377 Chateau Dr. (it’s slightly behind & to the east of Pleasant Valley Elementary). If you can donate please complete this form. Call Meg Cooney w/questions or to coordinate a pickup – 440.885,8305;
      >>  Two other events
being planned for February include a family movie matinee on Feb 11 at Normandy H.S. & a Community Health & Wellness Fair at the Seven Hills Rec Center on Saturday, Feb 24th. Watch for information coming soon.

O  From Parma Council of PTAs:
      >>  The annual 2024 Babysitter Training course
is scheduled for  8:30 am to 12:00 pm, on Saturday,   March 2nd & 9th. The training is offered to 6th – 8th grade students of Parma City Schools, attendance at both sessions is required to receive certification. View the flyer for additional details & download the registration form here. Space is limited; the deadline for payment & registration is Feb. 23rd.
 Supporting the PTA Council’s Community Scholarship program is now easier than ever. Simply click here & complete the Donation Form online.

O  From Achievement Centers for Children/Camp Cheerful: What they do there – At A Glance.
      >>  ACC is now offering free Baby Massage classes for Moms, Dads, and caregivers of babies 6 weeks to pre-crawling. Two, 5-week sessions are scheduled to begin on Jan 18th and again on Feb 29th. The Thursday sessions run from 9:30 to 10:30 am at their west side location. Go here for details, a video, and registration

O  From Greater Cleveland Food Bank, etc.:
Check out their Food Locator Tool. Use it to enter your address & find food distributions near you.
      >>  Go here
to find which County Library branch locations are hosting mobile food pantries & when.
      >>  For anyone with mobility issues but in need of food, check out All Faiths Pantry.
      >>  For folks in need of a hot meal, visit BABA’S YARD.

O  From Tri-C -  Women In Transition ...
This is a six-week,no-cost, noncredit course designed to help women move their lives forward as they build personalized academic and professional development plans. In addition, participants will network and strengthen their support system. Your choice of in-person or virtual classes beginning next week (Jan. 22nd). Learn more & register at the link above.

O  From University Settlement/SW Community Based Svcs:
      >>  From now until February 16th they’re asking for donations of socks
for all ages. Each of their buildings (8911 West Ridgewood Dr., 4800 Broadway, and 4909 Mead) has collection boxes for this sock drive. You can also buy socks off of their Amazon Wish List or donate via PayPal and make sure to select sock drive!
      >>  NORA (Northern Ohio Recovery Assoc.) is hosting an Expungement Clinic & Warrant Removal Clinic, both from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 23rd at their office (1400 East 55th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44103). Also available, at that time, will be a Vaccine Clinic. Call  216-391-NORA or 216-391-6672 with questions. Note: If a Warrant Removal needs to be initiated now, email relevant information to

O  From The Literacy Cooperative (TLC) & Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL):  
      >>  Literacy In The News: Articles of interest/value for parents & teachers.
            > “Putting Your Family Calendar To Work” -
Calendars help young children learn the basics of the days of the week and the months of the year. Your family calendar offers opportunities for other learning as well, including vocabulary, sequencing, and math.
            >Grasping For Meaning: What’s It Like To Struggle With Comprehension” – Written by a literacy coach in a large urban district in California and was formerly a classroom teacher and curriculum developer, the author  begins her piece as follows: “I thought experiencing reading difficulty of our own could help us relate to the comprehension challenges that our students face, so I planned a professional development session for the teachers at my school.” She then proceeded to document how the program went. A fascinating read ... gained another level of respect for literacy professionals.

O  From Mizzen Education ... Check out these four belonging-building games for youth of all ages. They can be done almost anywhere, with groups of any size, and require no supplies. Each activity includes a 2-min tutorial after which you s/b good to go. Note that you do need to create an account but there are no subsequent obligations or requirements.
The Word; Grd 6 – 12, Group size: 2 – 30   One, Two, Three; Grds 3 – 12. Group size: 20 – 50
Clutch; Grd K – 12, Group size: 5 – 40    Stare, But Don’t Pair; Grd 3 – 12; Group size: 7 - 30

  From Ohio Dept of Education & Workforce (DEW):
      >>  Announces High School – Business Tech Internships. The goal of the program is to provide Ohio businesses with the tech talent they need while providing students with valuable work experience at an early age. Students and interested businesses can learn more and apply here.
  Intel Corp is offering a $5K Scholarship for women in tech. Women planning to enroll in a two-year associate degree or one-year semiconductor certificate program in the state of Ohio are invited to apply for this recently established scholarship program. Up to 25 awards will be granted to eligible applicants.

O  From Connecting For Kids:
C4K has developed a long list of great free programs available this Spring for families with children between the ages of 0-12. Check out the full spring program schedule here!
      >>  Their free, Western Cuyahoga County Spring Resource Fair is scheduled for March 27th, from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. Exhibitors will be representing: Adapted camps, adapted sports and recreation, alternative schools, disability services, early intervention, educational advocates, funding sources, and many more. Click on the above link for details.
      >>  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 Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
      >>  Free FAFSA completion information sessions
have been scheduled starting Jan. 24 through Feb. 20. See dates and locations.
      >> Checkout SKILLMILL an online, on-demand learning platform for skilled trades. Use it to learn a skilled trade, hone a skill you already have, get help w/a home repair or a DIY project, and more.
      >>  Check out CCPL’s new HOME ROOM e-newsletter for pre-K-12 educators.
      >>  Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry. Locally, Parma-Snow mobile pantry will take place from 3:30 – 5:00, Tuesday, Jan 6th.  Note that the Parma Hts Food Pantry is taking a winter break & should resume around April.
      >>  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
            > Sign up to receive the Library's emails and e-newsletters
    ­­­        > Click here to visit CCPL’s, Home Page

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024