Youth Art & Poetry Contest for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Youth Art & Poetry Contest for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

From: Sue Smith, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network

Annual Art & Poetry Contest

Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

THURSDAY, MAY 10 8AM – 1PM
The Georgia Freight Depot
65 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

All elementary, middle and high school aged youth are encouraged to participate. It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Enter one of two categories: Visual Art or Creative Writing
  2. Entries must illustrate the theme: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma
  3. Submit entry form with art work or poem before April 20, 2018

Entry Form

Please contact Sheena Biggerstaff (404) 758-4500 ext. 107 sheena.biggerstaff@gpsn.org gpsn.org

DHS Youth Empowerment Series for High School Students – Deadline April 13

From: Deshane.Velasquez, Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Youth Empowerment Series (YES) is accepting applicants for the 2018-19 school year, and we would love to have high school students from your community be a part of our program!

YES offers students an opportunity to participate in several workshops centered on youth development and engagement, such as goal setting, public speaking, resume building and community service activities. The core values underlying the program seek to provide youth with a blueprint to implement change in their community. Students in the program will provide their input and insight on current issues, build workforce skills and develop as leaders. Through career panels, networking and participation, students in the program will also gain exposure to policy and understand how DHS serves Georgians.

 

During the sessions, we will introduce the services offered by DHS. Students will hear from representatives that work in our divisions of Aging Services, Child Support Services and Family and Children Services. Then, students will be given a chance to provide their input and insight on these services. For more information, the program details can be found at dhs.georgia.gov/youth-empowerment-series-yes.

 

The application for participation can be found at dhs.georgia.gov/apply-yes. The deadline to apply is April 13th.

Please note: Accepted students must commit to attending four Saturday sessions in their region of the state throughout the 2018-19 school year. Transportation is required.

 

For any questions, please feel free to contact Deshane.Velasquez@dhs.ga.gov or 404-463-0745.

CARES 28 Workshops Announced

From Georgia Council on Substance Abuse:

What is CARES?

CERTIFIED ADDICTION RECOVERY EMPOWERMENT SPECIALIST (CARES) VISION We envision a recovery-oriented system of care that supports self-directed pathways to recovery by building on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities. MISSION The mission of Georgia CARES is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders by providing experienced peer support and advocating for self-directed care. WHAT The Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) is a training program parallel to the mental health certified peer specialist program and began in September, 2010, through a contract with the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). This training program is part of an ongoing effort to create a recovery-oriented system of care where peer-based recovery support is used as a fundamental part of community-based services that enhance the treatment and recovery experience. This is a 40-hour (one-week) training course, that is followed by continuing support of CARES Faculty, trained peers & supervisors. WHO People in recovery who are interested in becoming a CARES must apply through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and be approved by the CARES Selection Subcommittee.

CARES Academy Workshops

The cornerstone of a recovery-oriented system of care is (ROSC) is a vibrant, well-trained peer workforce. The CARES/ROSC Workshop introduces concepts of peer recovery support to members of the recovery community, and provides them with assistance in preparing for the written and interview portions of the CARES Academy application process.

February Workshops*:

  • February 2, Decatur
  • February 8, Morrow
  • February 10, Lawrenceville
  • February 15, Atlanta
  • February 17, Gainesville

Register here for a CARES Academy Workshop

*Time and location information is on the registration page.

CARES Academy 28 April 16-20, 2018

March 5th – Applications due to the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse through our online application system.

For more information about CARES, please visit the GCSA website HERE

 

 

Conference Call: Development is Relational

From Forum for Youth Investment:

Thought Leader Roundtable
Development is Relational...

Free Conference Call and Discussion
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

We all know that young people are more successful when they not only have academic knowledge, but also the social and emotional skills and mindsets needed to navigate life, college and work. But how much do we really understand about what it takes to build competence and confidence? How much is youth success dependent not on what they are taught but how they are treated? Few organizations understand the importance of adult support better than the Search Institute, the creators of the Developmental Assets Framework.

Join Karen Pittman as she spends an hour with Kent Pekel, President and CEO of the Search Institute, to learn more about the Developmental Relationships Framework, a powerful new tool the Search Institute is using to help all adults - teachers, youth workers and most importantly families - understand and focus their actions to contribute to youth success.

Space is limited.

Webinar: Navigating School and Work with a Serious Mental Health Condition

Announcement from Transitions RTC:

Navigating School and Work with a Serious Mental Health Condition:
It Can Be a Bumpy Ride

Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Young adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) face delays in participating or are prevented from participating in settings where career development and exploration activities typically occur. Little is still known about how young adults navigate these activities while also managing a SMHC.

In this webinar, you'll hear about experiences of young adults with SMHC as they learn how to navigate life, including their success and challenges with educational and employment activities. 

The young people with SMHC featured in this webinar provide retrospectives of a) their education, training, and employment experiences, b) how those activities developed over time, and c) how contextual life circumstances (e.g., family history, experiences with SMHC) and pivotal life events (e.g., hospitalization) may have influenced these activities.

Join Transitions RTC's Kathryn Sabella, Laura Golden, and Emma Pici D'Ottavio for this insightful and informative webinar! 

Webinar: “There is no place like home” Surviving the storm

EmpowerMEnt & GA RYSE-ILP Presents:

"There is no place like home!" What to do in an emergency!

September 19th, 2017 5:30pm- 6:30pm

 

In light of recent events, we are modifying topics this month to go over some life skills that are needed wherever you go. We will be talking about what to do in the case of an accident or natural disaster. Brothers, Sisters & adult supporters please tune into be informed.

All webinars will be the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).

Webinar: EmpowerMEnt “Sticks & Stone” Self Esteem Webinar

EmpowerMEnt & RYSE-ILP Present...

Sticks  & Stone: Self Esteem Webinar

July 18th, 2017 5:30pm- 6:30pm

Empowerment & RYSE-ILP (Resilient, Youth-Centered, Stable, and Empowered - Independent Living Program) are hosting a webinar to empower young people, especially ones who have experience with foster care, to see themselves in a positive light. In this webiniar, you will learn how to create positive thoughts so you can make sure you are not overlooking your Star Player (YOU!).

 

Webinar: Learning Community for Young Leaders, August 10

Calling all Youth Leaders

Direct Connect Learning Community Webinar, August 10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET

August’s Direct Connect National Learning Community will focus on the keys to successful youth organization development, including logic modeling, strategic planning, and capacity building. Presented by Dan Aune, be sure to register for this interactive discussion scheduled for August 10th from 3:30-5:00 pm Eastern.

Register now!

Webinar: Learning Community for Young Leaders, April 12

Calling all youth advocates!

Join the Learning Community (LC) for Young Leaders Direct Connect

Wednesday, April 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m. ET

Are you leading youth engagement efforts in a SOC / Healthy Transitions community or a Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter? Are you a youth or young adult who wants to develop professional skills while also connecting with peers who are using their lived experiences to make systems change?

Join the next national LC webinar for young leaders. Click here to register for April’s Learning Community Webinar.

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