Lights On Afterschool Celebration on October 20th â€“ Join us!
On October 20th, 2016, EdAdvance (formerly Education Connection) School Age Programs will host their 17th Annual Lights On Afterschool events. Community members, students, families, legislators, school officials, and staff are all invited to join our showcase and celebration of what afterschool programs are all about. Each of the School Age Programs will host a unique open house complete with fall activities such as pumpkin painting as well as game nights and family dinners.
"It is exciting for all of us to be a part of this national celebration recognizing the importance of afterschool programs that keep kids safe, help working families, and enhance students' academic achievement," comments Tracey Lay, Director of School Age Programs for EdAdvance, who was elected last year to the National Afterschool Association Board. Celebrated last year by over a million people throughout the United States, at over 8,100 events, Lights On Afterschool is the only national rally for afterschool programs. Lay continues, "It is powerful to participate in an awareness-raising project that actually lights up the Empire State Building and Mt. Rushmore for the event. And it is a meaningful event for our team, our students, their families, and communities as we shine the light on our own local programs. We are honored to open our programs to the community and to share the kinds of hands-on, engaging activities that our students are experiencing all in the safe, caring environment that our fantastic staff provide after school every day."
EdAdvance’s School Age Programs (SAP), a member of the Afterschool Alliance, provides high-quality and affordable afterschool programming to students at 14 school-based sites, serving 25 schools in 8 districts, including Barkhamsted, Brookfield, Litchfield, New Hartford, Newtown, Torrington, Region 10/Harwinton and Region 14/Woodbury. SAP programming features STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) and literacy enrichment programs, arts and crafts, recreational activities, assistance with homework, and nutritious snacks. To learn more about SAP, contact Tracey Lay, Director of School Age Programs & Development Services, at 860.567.0863 x143 or email@example.com.
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Mental Health First Aid Certification Training Offered to Public - Join us September 26 and 28!
The nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training certification program will be offered on the evenings of September 26 and 28 at EdAdvance (formerly known as Education Connection), 355 Goshen Road in Litchfield. There is no charge for this program and the public is invited to participate.
Mental Health First Aid Training is an evidence-based program designed to help prepare adults and teen leaders to recognize and address mental health problems among youth and adults of all ages. Participants for the September 26 and 28 training will select one of two models: Youth MHFA Training for those working, volunteering or interacting with youth ages 12-18; and MHFA Training, for those who interact with adults and especially young adults ages 16-24. While the material covered in each course is unique, both certification trainings are 8-hours long and both teach participants how to recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses and substance use disorders, de-escalate crisis situations safely and initiate timely referrals to mental health and substance abuse resources available in the community.
MHFA and YMHFA Training are made possible through federal grant funding provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Through this grant award, EdAdvance (the Regional Education Service Center in NW Connecticut) and Mental Health Connecticut are working collaboratively to saturate the region with thousands of Mental Health First Aiders. Under the auspices of Project AWARE, Mental Health First Aiders will be better prepared to understand the prevalence of various mental health disorders and reduce the stigma of mental health challenges in their communities.
MHFA Training is designed for those who do not have advanced education or training in the mental health profession. Participants come from all educational and professional backgrounds with the commonality of a desire to help recognize and address mental health problems. Coaches, teachers, youth group leaders, scout leaders, parent volunteers, faith-based communities, police officers, camp counselors, nurses, college students and medical first responders are among the thousands already trained across the country. Additionally, student leaders in grades 11-12 are eligible for certification.
Participants must attend all 8 hours in order to receive certification. First Aiders will receive a 212-page guidebook carefully developed to provide easy access to mental health information. Training on September 26 and 28 will be held each night from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Participants may bring dinner. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited and registration is required. Those interested in Youth MHFA should register by contacting Amanda Delvicario at EdAdvance at 860.567.0863 or YMHFA@edadvance.org. Those interested in MHFA training may contact Valerie English Cooper at Mental Health CT at 860.471.6715 or VEnglishCooper@mhconn.org or register online through Mental Health Connecticut at www.mhconn.org/education/mental-health-first-aid.
Area Students Win State National History Day Competition and Compete at Nationals
Two Danbury middle-school students recently won the State National History Day Competition and were awarded the opportunity to compete at the national level. Each year nearly 3,000 students gather at the University of Maryland for this week-long national competition in celebration of history and learning. Participants hail from all over the United States, Guam, American Samoa, and international schools in China, Korea, South Asia, and Central America.
Accompanied by teachers Nancy Barlow and Laura Muller, Danbury students Camily Aguiar and Maame Obeng of Westside Middle School Academy presented their research project The Montgomery Bus Boycott: The Exchange of Convenience for Principle, which analyzed the Montgomery Bus Boycott as a catalyst for the non-violent ideals of the Civil Rights Movement. Aguiar writes, “As we began to research the topic of the Civil Rights Movement, the image of Rosa Park made an impression on us and ignited us to dig deeper into some of our unanswered questions.” Obeng adds, “We knew Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on the bus but we never realized how much further it went. From organizing carpools to walking the bitter streets of Montgomery, African Americans really worked together to earn bus privileges equal to other white residents. In addition, we gained an understanding about the other leaders, such as E.D Nixon and Claudette Colvin, who had a great impact on the boycott but are not given much credit.”
The National History Day model fosters a project-based learning experience, highlighting historical research presented in unique and engaging formats. This year’s theme was Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Students competing at the national level spend time in Washington, D.C., meeting with political leaders and policy makers and seeing how national history is portrayed through several Smithsonian exhibits and Capitol area sights.
Aguiar and Obeng were part of a group of more than 160 area middle school students who participated in EDUCATION CONNECTION’s academic enrichment program called Civil Rights Stories (CRS). Throughout each year, CRS students learn about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, through first hand stories, documentaries, interviews and visits to historically significant sites. Westside Middle School Academy teacher Nancy Barlow comments, “On their journey through Civil Rights Stories, students explored leaders of literature by reading, researching, and attending engaging field trips including the Old State House, the Mark Twain Center, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. In addition, students participated in reenactments, analyzed primary sources, viewed documentaries, and interviewed Civil Rights activists such as Deacon Arthur Miller.”
Westside Middle School Academy teacher Muller comments, “The students spent months on project research and preparation as well as competing at local and affiliate contests, so when we reached Nationals, they were very excited to present at the national level. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication that Maame and Camilly have exemplified during this process. Their drive and motivation was evident throughout.”
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