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Inland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the 2019 Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.
The Aug. 17 conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Attendees can register at https://iefatherhoodconference.eventbrite.com
“The theme of this year’s conference is Connecting Generations and with this conference, we hope to share information and resources that will equip and empower fathers and father figures to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and become more actively engaged in their children’s lives,” said Father Engagement Coordinator Juan Solis. “A father has the power to change the world, one child at a time.”
The conference is a result of collaboration by the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC), a group of community-based organizations, County agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals from various professions working together to reduce father absenteeism and the negative images of fatherlessness. The mission of the IEFIC is to encourage healthy child development by promoting the involvement, necessity, and value of the role of fathers in the family and community. The coalition is an initiative of San Bernardino County’s Children’s Network.
The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.
Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.
San Bernardino County Children’s Network is now accepting workshop proposals for the 33rd Annual Children’s Network Conference. The conference will be Sept. 18 and 19, at the Ontario Convention Center. The Workshop Proposal Submission Form can be found online at http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN along with detailed information, including:
• Conference overview
• Proposal submission requirements
Workshop proposals are due Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janki Naik at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 383-9677 We look forward to receiving your proposals.
It’s Nomination Time!
- Do you know an individual or organization that goes the extra mile for children while selflessly giving in order to make a difference?
- Someone who goes above-and-beyond their regular duties to ensure children are safe?
Please take a moment to nominate an individual, agency or program for their outstanding efforts in assisting at-risk children and youth in San Bernardino County.
The nomination form can be found on the Children’s Network’s website, http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN
The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8
Thank you for helping us honor those who deserve special recognition. Honorees will be recognized at:
The 21st Annual Shine a Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast
Thursday, April 4
7:30 to 9 a.m.
National Orange Show, Valencia Room
690 S. Arrowhead Ave.
The 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 19 to 20 at the Ontario Convention Center located at 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.
“The 33 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, strengthening families and children, culturally sensitive issues, commercial sexual exploitation of children, issues affecting teens, education, father involvement, mental health, and trauma informed care,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.
The Sept. 19 keynote speaker, Luis Rodriguez, is an acclaimed poet, novelist, children’s book author and journalist who saw his way out of poverty. Rodriguez thought he had put the streets and his own days as a gang member behind him – until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his story in the national bestseller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. The memoir explores gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that haunts its participants.
The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized author, speaker, poet, spoken word artist, and youth mentor. The former Howard University social psychology professor has authored numerous books, mentored youth and spoken to over a half million professionals and youth worldwide. John founded of Soul Water Rising, a global human mission that has donated thousands of John’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth.
The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council. Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.
Children’s Network of San Bernardino County wants you to take a stand against domestic violence. Participate in #SBCWEARSPURPLE social media campaign by taking a selfie wearing purple on Oct. 12, 2017, and posting it with the hash tag #SBCWEARSPURPLE.
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Five million children witness domestic violence each year in the United States. On a typical day, there are over 20,000 calls received by domestic violence hotlines, and approximately 15 calls a minute. Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten.
Forty percent of California women experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In a single day, domestic violence shelters serve about 5,800 women and children.
Children from homes with violence are much more likely to experience significant psychological problems short- and long-term. Those who grew up with domestic violence are six times more likely to commit suicide and 50 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
For a list of domestic violence shelters in San Bernardino County visit http://www.sbcountyda.org/HelpingVictims/DomesticViolenceShelters.aspx.
The 31st Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 20 to 21 at the Ontario Convention Center. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN. The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.
“The 48 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, issues affecting teens, education/self help, father involvement, domestic minor human trafficking, youth suicide prevention, and Trauma Informed Early Intervention,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.
The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Ron Powell, Ph.D. has over 40 years of experience in public education as a special education teacher, consultant, administrator, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Riverside. As an author, speaker, and expert in the administration of school-based mental health services, Powell has been instrumental in the development of exemplary programs for at-risk youth. The Sept. 21 keynote speaker, Tim Burns, is an educator and author whose background includes 40 years as a high school teacher, counselor, First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, and university instructor.
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Once one is approved to be a mentor, they will have a chance to be a consistent and positive adult presence in a young person’s life, provide advice, share life experiences, and help a young person face challenges. In honor of National Mentoring Month, San Bernardino County Mentoring Task Force is seeking to recruit 200 mentors for San Bernardino County youth.
Children’s Network is also launching the #SBCMentorChallenge social media campaign to recruit prospective mentors and create awareness about the need for mentors of San Bernardino County youth. Community members are encouraged to participate in the #SBCMentorChallenge campaign which will highlight the importance of mentors.
Community members are encouraged to record videos on their smartphones or tablets in which they share their own inspiring experiences as mentors or mentees. If one has not been a mentor or a mentee, one can make a video sharing why they hope to become a mentor to a San Bernardino County youth. At the end of each video, posters should then “tag” three friends, colleagues, or community partners on social media and challenge them or those in the agency to become youth mentors and record their own inspiring mentor/mentee videos. All videos should be posted on social media with the hashtag: #SBCMentorChallenge
“We are looking forward to what this campaign will bring for youth,” said Doreen Ivery, Children’s Network’s Mentoring Resource Coordinator. “We also look forward to community leaders being a part of this campaign and challenging others to participate in this challenge to recruit mentors.”
Those interested in becoming a mentor are encouraged to contact Ivery at 909 383-9677 or email@example.com Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.
#SBCMentorChallenge Video: https://youtu.be/IKNg7Afsud0
A Jesuit priest who founded the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program will share his message of hope at the upcoming Children’s Network Conference. Father Gregory Boyle, an authority on gangs and intervention and the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the September 23 and 24 conference at the Ontario Convention Center. Now in its 29th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing. Sessions include:
- The Status of Homeless Youth in San Bernardino County
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
- Stress Reduction Practices for Children and Teens
- Working with LGBTQ Youth
- Supporting the Mental Health of Our Children
- Early Childhood Development and the Screen-Time Dilemma
- Helping Children and Teens Through Loss
- Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
- Strengthening and Supporting Father Involvement in Our Communities
- And many more…
For more information and to register, visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.
Registration is open for the Sept. 24 and 25 Children’s Network Conference.
Now in its 28th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine, and nursing. The 54 workshops will highlight topic including autism, bullying, father involvement, domestic minor sex trafficking, school safety, internet safety, and youth suicide prevention.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) and Jennifer Rodriguez, a former Foster Youth and Executive Director of the Youth Law Center (YLC) will be the keynote speakers. Workshop and registration information can be found on the Children’s Network website http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN
If you have any questions, please contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677.
Deputy Public Defender Sandra “Sandy” Wingfield from the Central Juvenile Unit received an award for her tireless work representing children at the 16th Annual “Shine A Light On Child Abuse” Awards Breakfast.
Numerous individuals from many county departments such as Children and Family Services, and Department of Behavioral Health, and individuals from the community and private sectors were also honored.
Sandy is a respected fixture in the Juvenile Court community. She helps find housing for the children who are aging out of juvenile services and have no place to live. She locates services in the community for minors with special needs. She is instrumental in finding mental health care, counseling, medication, and available drug rehabilitation beds for children who suffer from drug addiction. Overall, she is just a great asset to the office and the juvenile community in San Bernardino.
Within the office, Sandy has been a mentor for the newer attorneys in the office. She is always available to answer questions, advise on cases and challenge attorneys to do better in their representation of children. She is also the lead attorney in all of our juvenile specialty courts, Drug Court, 241 committee, CITA court, to name a few. Her professional demeanor and presentation is respected by the court, her peers, opposing counsel, and most of all, by the children she serves.