Meeting Updates

From the May 11, 2011 Meeting:

  • Presenter Jessica Long, Prevention Outreach Specialist for Frannie Peabody Center, shared an overview of HIV/AIDS in York County, Maine and the country. View her presentation here.

From the February 9, 2011 Meeting:

  • Presenter Rachel Phipps, Project Manager for Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, shared the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets approach and how all community members can be 'asset builders.' She also shared a wonderful story from Peter Benson, Search Institute Founder, about how "All children are our children." Participants reviewed the Developmental Assets Framework, took a look back at those who have been the greatest supporters during their lifetime and discussed the Principles for Asset-Building Communities. Thanks Rachel for a great presentation!

Updates included:

  • Connie Roux, Partners for Healthier Communities HMP: Doing 5-2-1-0 trainings with child care programs and schools. Also, Connie has buckets of cleaning supplies available for lead paint abatement in homes. Due to state budget proposals, it is uncertain what will happen to the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the primary funder of the Healthy Maine Partnerships.
  • Laurie DuPaul, Executive Director, Child Abuse and Neglect Council/Kids Free to Grow: the Nurturing Program will start in Waterboro on March 1st. The Linkage Coalition (connecting child abuse and neglect, animal cruelty and domestic violence) is creating a video that will be posted on websites shortly.
  • Rachel Phipps, Project Manager for Strategies for a Stronger Sanford (SFSS): The Sanford Coalition will use SFSS as its fiscal agent and merge into one entity. York County Community Action will provide technical support
  • Don't forget - April's Heart screening is tonight at 6:00 pm at Kennebunk Free Library! This is a cooperative venture with YCPC, the Library and the Kennebunk Film Club

January 12, 2011: Meeting cancelled due to winter weather - No updates this month!

From the December 8, 2010 Meeting:

  • Presenter Ben Dudley of Engage Maine shared an overview of their work. Started in 2005, Engage Maine is a collaboration of Maine organizations "committed to common progressive goals making Maine a better place by engaging citizens and helping them to play an active role in democracy." Member organizations have joined together to create an 'long view' agenda for action based on shared goals and principles, part of the national momentum to restore democracy and the role of government to create a better future for Mainers. Engage Maine is also a member of the Maine Can Do Better initiative made up of organizations committed In this challenging economy to thinking creatively to advance innovative solutions that will keep Maine's infrastructure in good working order.
  • Kathy Chaiklin, Special Projects Manager: The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SSHS) grant with the Sanford School Department is in its fourth and final year. All efforts are now on sustaining projects that the grant has initiated over the past three years. Current activities include:
    • Workers from the Outreach Team have a planned conversion this year to Multi-systemic Treatment (MST) and Home and Community Treatment (HCT) work at CSI.
    • Ongoing integration is taking place between juvenile justice, schools, law enforcement and mental health on behalf of Sanford youth involved in this system.
    • The Council on Young Child Wellness is gearing up to apply for a Project Launch grant.
    • Other activities of the SSHS grant are being located within organizations such as Strategies for a Stronger Sanford.
  • Laurie DuPaul, Executive Director, Child Abuse and Neglect Council/Kids Free to Grow: The Linkage project - which brings the connected topics of child abuse, domestic violence and animal cruelty together - is meeting on a regular basis. The Council is offering the Nurturing Program in March in the Waterboro area. Designed to help families create better relationships, this multi-week program is free and includes a weekly meal and child care. For more info, call 985-5975 or ldupaul@kidsfreetogrow.org.
  • Carl Lakari, Executive Director, ProjectAware: The local showing of April's Heart will be moved to February 2nd. It will be hosted by the Kennebunk High School Film Club, Kennebunk Free Library and the York County Prevention Collaborative. More about April's Heart can be found here.
  • Jessica Long, Frannie Peabody Center: The WorldAIDS Day celebration in Maine was a great success. Free and anonymous HIV/AIDS testing is now available at the York County office in Ogunquit on Tuesdays between 1pm and 6pm (located at 718 Main Street in Ogunquit).
  • Lauren Troiano, VISTA for Shared Youth Vision Council, United Way of York County: District 1/York County is the fourth district to begin its formation. Part of the work of Maine's Shared Youth Vision Council, the eventual eight districts in Maine will be working to increase hig school graduation rates, decrease drop-out rates and youth incarceration and decrease child abuse and neglect. The next District 1 Council meeting is February 7, 9:30-11:30 AM in

From the October 2010 Meeting:

  • Susan Giambalvo, Program Director for the Center for Grieving Children, shared an overview of the Center's services and materials. Susan is working to expand supportive services into York County as part of a recently acquired grant. She will be visiting with organizations across the county to see how the CGC can be of assistance in providing grief support services to children and youth in York County. Contact Susan at 775-5216 or susan@cgcmaine.org.

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