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!
- Enter one of two categories: Visual Art or Creative Writing
- Entries must illustrate the theme: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma
- Submit entry form with art work or poem before April 20, 2018
Please contact Sheena Biggerstaff (404) 758-4500 ext. 107 firstname.lastname@example.org gpsn.org
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.
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 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
SpiritHorse is hosting its 10th Annual Special Olympic Horse Show, Saturday, October 28 and a celebration for Veteran’s/Active Military and their children/grandchildren on Sunday, October 29. Details for each event are attached below.
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.
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.