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Children’s Network to hold interactive child abuse prevention discussion

children's networkThe Children’s Network is inviting those who work with children to come together to discuss ways to address child abuse during an interactive, web-based discussion “Connect to Protect: Preventing Child Abuse and Exploitation” on Tuesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Google+ Hangout format discussion will explore the effects of child maltreatment and how to prevent child abuse and exploitation in communities. Panelists for the discussion include Dr. Amy Young, a pediatrician with Children’s Assessment Center; Anne-Michelle Ellis, Coordinator of the San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation and Dr. Kiti Randall, a pediatric neurodevelopmental psychologist.

It will be the first time Children’s Network hosts a Google+ Hangout event. The goal is to engage child and family-serving agencies in the County, community organizations and family resource centers. Anyone who works with children is invited to register for the free web discussion including parents, caregivers, foster parents, and members of the community.

To register for the free online event and to post questions in advance for the panelists, visit http://bit.ly/1rYYdJA. If one does not have a Google account or is unable to create one, the discussion may be watched live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXByFFqkGuo.

“The purpose of this interactive Google+ Hangout is to discuss how child abuse and exploitation impacts a child throughout their lifespan, and how to identify and respond to suspected child maltreatment,” Amy Cousineau, Children’s Network Officer. “In addition, our aim is to educate a wide variety of stakeholders, thus increasing the safety and well-being of our children.   We hope that by using this new media, Children’s Network will be able to deliver a message about positive child development in a way that engages our community at-large.”

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.

Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force sponsors 3rd Annual Spring Jam

fun in the sunThe Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force of San Bernardino County is sponsoring “Spring Jam” at Fiesta Village Family Fun Park, 1405 E. Washington St. in Colton, Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The exclusive event is open to San Bernardino County’s at-risk, system-involved and homeless youth in 6th-9th grades. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.

Spring Jam attendees will connect with adult mentors to learn about the benefits and impact that establishing a mentor relationship can have, as well as address any issues, fears or concerns the system-involved youth may face.  Youth will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor in their local area at the end of the event.

Activities will include a team-building scavenger hunt, games, music, an all-you-can-eat buffet and full access to the park’s various attractions like laser tag, go-cart racing, miniature golf and more.

Spring Jam, ‘A Day of Mentoring,’ at the Fiesta Village Family Fun Park, according to Associate Children’s Network Officer Kathy Turnbull, is designed to be a day of fun to introduce system-involved youth to the concept of mentoring.”  Many of this year’s participating mentors are formerly system-involved themselves, including youth from T.A.Y. (Transitional Age Youth) and I.Y.R.T. (Interagency Youth Resiliency Team) who can relate well to the youth and attest to the benefits of having a mentor.

“Last year’s Spring Jam was a big success with nearly 200 youth in attendance,” said Turnbull.  “Many mentoring matches were made as a result.  We are looking forward to the same wonderful experience and outcomes this year.”

Some of the participating agencies on the Mentoring Task-Force are Probation, Children and Family Services, EMQ, Valley Star, Public Defender’s Office, C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Department of Behavioral Health T.A.Y., the District Attorney’s Office and other community-based and county child-serving departments.  Task Force members will be on hand to facilitate mentoring partnerships.

Parents and caregivers seeking information on positive role models for their children will have an opportunity to talk with organizations that provide mentoring relationships. For more information on the Task Force or to register for Spring Jam, contact Brandy Nelson, Mentoring Resource Coordinator at (909) 383-9685.

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 for their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Youth mentors celebrated by the Children’s Network

Youth Action ProjectThe Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force recognized eleven agencies for their service to our youth in San Bernardino County during an awards presentation on Saturday, January 25 at the Steelworkers’ Auditorium in Fontana.

The following agencies and organizations were recognized during the event:

  • Association of Black Correctional Workers
  • Loma Linda Community Academic Partners in Service
  • Youth Action Project
  • Revolution Youth Advocates
  • Womens Leadership Council- Next Step Mentoring Program
  • Project Graduate
  • San Bernardino County Probation Department High Desert Juvenile Detention Assessment Center Male Mentoring Group
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Fontana Mayor Youth Advisory Council
  • Department of Behavioral Health Inter Agency Youth Resiliency Team
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation
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