Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families
January 28, 2013
Attendees: John Andelin, Devon Brown, Michael Brown, Bill Browning, Earl Conklin, Barbara Gomez, Rebecca Goodhart, Siobhan Grayson, Judy Hadden, Rachel Harlan, Marian Harmon, LaVeta Logan, Linda Henderson, Cintia Jonson, Sally LaBonte, Laura Lazour, Kate McCauley, Mary Ann Moran, Sam Stebbins, Michael Swisher, Debby Taylor, Anna Tramposch, Robert Vilchez, Tom Wallace, Amy Yamashiro.
LaVeta Logan welcomed everyone and thanked her mentors and everyone who has supported her. Her main focuses this year include commitment and teamwork. LaVeta wants everyone to commit to a committee or workgroup and participate fully. She also emphasizes TEAM work – Together Everyone Achieves More – and that is what APCYF embodies. She welcomes your e-mails and ideas that will help us grow and move forward with all of the various projects we’re working on. However, she cautions, some items may need to wait until 2014, we can’t do it all at once.
Bill Browning joined the APCYF five years ago after being asked by Linda Henderson. His main areas of focus will be on the Out-of-School Time Council (OST) and Membership. Regarding Membership, Bill wants to work this year at ensuring every member, particularly new ones, feels productively engaged in the work of the Partnership.
Everyone was invited to introduce themselves and then answer the question, “in what ways are you generous?” I believe that everyone with APCYF is generous of time, energy, ideas and passion!
Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative Grant Application (Anna)
The TNB is applying for an AYPI Grant which is administered through the Arlington Community Foundation. They are seeking funds to support the Volunteer Emergency Services Training (VEST) Peer Education Program and develop a curriculum that will support teen education around emergency preparedness. The teens will pilot the program at Yorktown first and the Internship, Community Service and Employment (ICE) Committee are working on the action plan and curriculum. The VEST Program is about emergency preparedness and this grant will allow for training at the teen level. They will be writing the APCYF Foundation to request that they be the fiscal agent, should they be awarded the money.
Committee Updates (Devon)
Developing a logo competition with the Care for a Change committee
Talking with middle schools to hold peer relations assemblies in the schools
PSA for STIs which should be completed by March
Working with Peer Relations to spread the news about the logo competition
Drug & Alcohol Committee:
Helping with the Health Fair at Yorktown
Organizing the Mythbusters programs
Talking to middle school PTA groups
Working with Rebuilding Together at the Boromeo House
Writing the VEST Grant
Barbara Gomez reported that the committee is finalizing the committee description. They are looking at the budgets and she would like to hear from each of the agency folks regarding their priorities. The committee will also be looking at developing criteria for lending support, either in writing or other ways. They will look at the criteria that the APCYF Foundation created to see if there might be some guidance there.
Out of School Time (OST) Council
Laura Lazour reported on OST as the Chair, Rene Madigan, was under the weather. Laura talked about the background and handed out the OST Council Charge. The Council is a combination of providers, citizens, teens and parents. There are several committees and many APCYF members are participating.
Outreach and Communications – Bill Browning is on this committee that is currently looking at website options. They want the site to be everything to everyone with no money and no staff. They’re looking at different models and they are only at the beginning steps.
Professional Development – Michael Swisher is working with this committee that will focus on assets trainings for all levels, possibly in the Spring, but definitely in the Fall.
Advocacy and Partnerships – This committee is working on the Access Survey and should have some results available mid-February. Amy Yamashiro assisted with the survey.
Care for a Change (CFAC)
Joey Skoloda and Alicia Cackley joined us to present information on the CFAC work group. This group developed out of the Community Engagement Process from last spring. The group is an empathy initiative, addressing the needs of youth to help them become caring adults. Joey also cited some research that suggests that kids who have empathy skills connect emotionally with others and are therefore less likely to drop out of school.
There are currently three workgroups within CFAC:
Youth/media connections – Working on a logo and video/youtube competition
Adult information and education – Gathering resources for distribution
Communications and outreach – Works with both of the other committees to push the theme forward!
Join the Arlington PlaceSpace Circle: http://arlingtonplacespace.us/group/care-for-a-change
It is hoped that this will be a two-year initiative that will include coaches, churches, clubs and anywhere that kids are in- and out-of-school.
APCYF members applauded the work of the CFAC. Some reflected on how this came about, and discussed how can we institutionalize this process for future community engagement groups? We talked about having the champion in place really helps – both Alicia and Joey are clearly the champions to move CFAC forward.
To further LaVeta’s message of commitment, we wanted to give members an opportunity to sit with committee chairs to learn more and/or talk about goals and ideas for the committees. We had 8 tables for committee chairs to talk with APCYF members. Although many members used this as an opportunity to connect with each other, several newer members sat with committee groups and learned more than they would have through merely reading the list of committees. Several members renewed their commitment to various committees, while still other members joined committees for the first time. Feedback we got during the meeting was encouraging and felt like members were able to connect with staff and other committee chairs in a meaningful way.
NOTE: Kim handed out a draft list (see attached) of our major committees and their memberships at the meeting. Please review this list and let her know about any changes and additions you might have. Over time, she hopes to develop a more formal table of APCYF members and their committee commitments.
Rachel Harlan with Libraries announced that the library is hosting two-time Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka on Tuesday, February 12. He will visit Long Branch Elementary in the morning to talk to the students in its Mock Caldecott Club and visit the middle school art classes at HB Woodlawn in the afternoon. At 7:00 pm he’ll present a public program at the Central Library. This is event is part of the library’s celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. The 75th winner was announced yesterday morning. We have been counting down to this announcement since November. You can see the winner, and past winners, here: http://library.arlingtonva.us/caldecott-countdown
Michael Swisher announced that the Connect with Kids Champions would be awarded at the Boards coming up in February. February 7 two of the Champions that are close to the School Board and February 26 for the County Board.
Feb 4 – 7 – Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) Conference
Feb 5 8:15am – CAPE Meeting in Sequoia Lower Level Room A
Feb 5 6:30pm – TNB at Central Library
Feb 7 7:30pm – Connect with Kids Champions at APS School Board Meeting
Feb 8 9:00am – Communications Committee Online
Feb 10 2:00 – 5:00pm – Healthy Families Fair at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Feb 11 9:00am – Assets Meeting Room 360
Feb 13 7:00pm – Out of School Time Council
Feb 14 7:30am – Board Development Meeting Lower Level Room A
Feb 14 3:30pm – READY Steering Committee
Feb 19 6:30 – TNB at Central Library
Feb 19 7:00pm – Present to AAUW at Nottingham Elementary
Feb 23 8:30 – 12:30 – APS While Child Conference at Kenmore Middle
Feb 25 6:00 – 9:00 – APCYF Meeting and Retreat (doors open at 5:30)
Feb 26 6:30 – Connect with Kids Champions at ACG County Board
Feb 26 7:00 – Care for a Change Sequoia Room 380