Attendees: John Andelin, Sarah Bell, Michael Brown, Bill Browning, Dave Carlson, Jeffrey Carpenter, Barbara Gomez, Siobhan Grayson, Judy Hadden, Rachel Harlan, Marian Harmon, LaVeta Logan, Linda Henderson, Cintia Jonson, Sally LaBonte, Laura Lazour, Kellen MacBeth, Rene Madigan, Kate McCauley, Mary Ann Moran, Michael Swisher, Anna Tramposch, Amy Yamashiro.
Everyone was invited to introduce themselves and then tell the origin of their name. LaVeta shared that her name came from the Latin word Vita, which is life. Her mom decided to spell it a bit differently, but together it is The Life.
TNB Rebuilding Together
TNB Members Catie Mitchell and Anna Tramposch invited APCYF members to participate in their campaign “Raise the Roof” in partnership with Rebuilding Together to spruce up the Borromeo House. Read more about the details at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-raise-the-roof
The event is on May 18th from 9 – 4. They request volunteers to help with several things:
- Bring breakfast items at 8:30ish.
- Come ready to work – paint, help with registration, whatever you’re able to do!
- Donate money to the event (link is above).
- Donate gently used books for young mothers to read.
Call Siobhan Grayson at 703-228-1506 if you are able to help in any way.
Other TNB Activities
- April 27 Car Wash at Thomas Jefferson 9 – 12 (to raise money for Raise the Roof).
- June 18 TNB Picnic at Bluemont Park.
- The PSA for Sexually Transmitted Infections has finally been completed. Once the final cut is available, we will make sure everyone has a chance to view it.
- TNB has applied for a grant from the Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
Anna and Devon presented their application last week and hope to hear more information soon. The grant would help fund the Youth VEST program (Volunteer Emergency Support Team) piloting at Yorktown next fall.
Mary Ann Moran, who recently retired from DHS, has been named a 2013 Allies in Prevention Award Winner by SCAN. Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect.
This recognition is well-earned — Mary Ann has made a big difference in the community and at DHS!
From the SCAN website: Mary Ann Moran has forever changed her community by making critical connections for children. Recently retired from Arlington County’s Department of Human Services, Mary Ann was the Assets Coordinator for the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, for which she was a driving force of its creation in 1999 and its first citizen chair. Her work has included years as a preschool teacher, mentor, advocate and community leader. In each role, she has focused on connecting children with the protection, inspiration and resources they need to thrive. “Not only does she have a clear vision of how a community should treat its young people,” wrote her nominator, “she also implements the building blocks that connect people to construct a better community for youth and families.” Mary Ann has served on countless boards, PTAs, task forces and received the Arlington Community Hero Award. She has quietly played a pivotal role for many groups, bringing service providers together, creating programs to fill gaps in the community, and encouraging professionals to make children and families a priority no matter what their job may be. Mary Ann grew up in a family of 12 children. She and her husband of 43 years have two daughters, two sons and six grandchildren.
Arlington’s Volunteer Celebration is on Sunday from 3:00–5:00 at NRECA. There will be lots of activities including a photo booth, cupcake decorating, a video and keynote speaker. The program will only be 30 minutes, the rest of the time is for appreciation and networking.
Budget Advisory Committee
Bill attended a meeting with School Board Chair Emma Violand-Sanchez to talk about the FY14 budget. He reported that Rosa Briceno from Barrett was there. She presented information about her job there and is interested in connecting with us.
Discussion of the APS budget and the Teen Parenting Program and Second Chance.
The main points for the Teen Parenting Program include that the integrity should maintained through adequate staffing, in particular the counseling services and that they have additional supports and services that they need.
Members expressed concerns about the counseling services, the core classes available, along with the other programs that will all now be located at the Career Center. Connie Skelton (Div of Instruction Superintendent) has worked through this and could add information to address any concerns.
The Advocacy Committee is also recommending that APS support Second Chance.
[see attached School Board Key Talking Points and County Board Letter]
Assets Training Debrief
Michael shared some of the statistics from the Assets Training we held April 11, 12 and 13.
149 people attended with a broad range of people coming from county staff, community organizations, and other people interested in supporting youth. Michael will continue to work with this group of people to give them the support they need to help spread the assets message in the community.
The takeaways from the experience:
– we (any one of us) could give this type of training and get the message out
– there is energy around this and more people have the assets language
LaVeta shared that it was an inspiring training and thanked Michael and Rene for pulling it all together.
Several members who attended spoke about the Sparks information that was shared. We have more information on our website (along with many of the resources that were shared during training): Practical-Resources-for-Building-Assets
Cultural Shifts Work
Our vision is “An Arlington where all young people are cared for, valued, and receive the support they need to become contributing, caring adults.” The way we can get there, is to change our culture, and we can do that through the work of the committees.
As we did at the retreat, we broke into small groups based on the committees we participate on and then looked at the cultural shifts to ask ourselves: what have we done, what are we doing, and what could we be working on? Small groups wrote items on the “waves” around the room. We will continue this discussion for several more meetings hoping that we’ll have a visual representation of all that we are working on and where we might still need to focus.
Assets: Michael S. Cintia, Linda, John and Dave
READY: Jeff, Michael, Judy, Amy and Kate
Advocacy: Mary Ann, Barbara, Kellen and LaVeta
OST: Laura, Bill, Rene, Rachael and Sally
Other: Sarah, Marian, Siobhan and Kim
Have a great weekend! Hope to see you on Sunday afternoon at the Volunteer Celebration.