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News, Events, and Latest Updates
1 August 2018
For CASA volunteers

Save the Date!
We are so excited to be working on our 5th Annual Wine + Art fundraising event! Once
again, we are partnering with artists, local food vendors and wineries to raise funds for CASA/LA with an art auction and wine tasting evening on November 3rd. If you know of any food or beverage vendors that would like to be involved in this fun night, please contact Simone Sterling at 323-859-2888 x6353 or . Tickets go on sale September 3rd!

New Information Session Webinar
CASA has some exciting updates to our volunteer recruitment process! While in the past we have offered many in-person information sessions for people interested in applying, this month we debuted a new online option! The new information session webinar allows people to learn more about the CASA volunteer role and hear from current volunteers at their leisure. No need to wait to start the application process! If you would like to view the new webinar or share with friends/family/neighbors/colleagues who might be interested, please go here . You will see that we are still holding in-person sessions as well! Please register and indicate that you are a current CASA volunteer (though ETO will help us recognize you!).

The second exciting update is that our application can now be submitted directly via our website here .

Early Childhood Training Opportunity!
CASA/LA will be facilitating an Early Childhood training in August 2018 at the Monterey Park CASA office. The training will involve three online modules and three in-person sessions. The in-person sessions will be held on August 9th, August 15th, and August 22nd from 12pm-3pm. Attendance at all 3 in-person sessions is mandatory as the information in the training is cumulative. There are only 15 slots available and it is first come first serve so please contact Rosa Arevalo, advocacy team manager, at to sign up or for more information! Last day to RSVP is August 6th!

11th Annual Justice Jog Run/Walk
Once again, the Greater Los Angeles Association of Legal Administrators will host their 11th Annual Justice Job 5K/10K Run/Walk with all proceeds benefiting CASA of Los Angeles. Please sign up to support CASA/LA by running or walking on the morning of September 23rd, 2018 in Century City.

Would your company want to become a Sponsor, form a team or be an Expo exhibitor? Check out the event details here and options to sponsor here .
Are you a CASA volunteer who would like to run/walk on the CASA Advocate team? You can join the team here !

5K Individual Registration/$40
10K Individual Registration/$50
Individual and Team Registration or to make a donation, please visit the Justice Jog website here .

Support at Events!
Have you been looking for other ways to volunteer with CASA? We could use your support at events! Please contact Camrin Christensen at if you might be interested in helping CASA spread the word about our volunteer opportunity!

Century City Chamber Casino Night
Thank you to The Century City Chamber's AOTA Committee for generously donating a percentage of their proceeds to CASA/LA from their Casino night which will be held on Thursday, September 6. 2018 from 5:30PM-10:00PM. If you would like to attend this event or to learn more, click here .

VintageVibe Festival
CASA of Los Angeles is so grateful to be the chosen charity partner of the VintageVibe Festival 2018! Join us and vibe out with diverse music offerings on Saturday, September 15th at Santa Anita Park! This is a great opportunity to invite our friends and family because not only will you have a great time, but you will also be supporting CASA/LA and the children/youth we advocate for! So purchase your tickets today because prices will go up on August 16th! Purchase here !
From July 2017- June 2018...

1,124 children were served
443 new children were matched
621 applications were received
402 CASAs were trained
931 CASAs were appointed
Upcoming In-Services

You can download handouts from the in-services by going to our website and clicking on the " FOR ADVOCATES " tab!

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Monterey Park office

Friday, August 24, 2018
Monterey Park office

Thursday, September 06, 2018
Monterey Park office

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Monterey Park office

Thursday, October 04, 2018
Monterey Park office

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Monterey Park office

Thursday, November 01, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Monterey Park office

CASA Connections
Casual, positive get-togethers organized by CASAs, for CASAs

Los Feliz
What: Urban Hike: Los Feliz to Griffith Observatory and back
When: Saturday, September 8th, 11AM
Where: CASA's home in Los Feliz.
RSVP for the address
What to bring: Whatever you need for a 90 minute hike
RSVP: Nathan Fox,
The hike is about 4 miles roundtrip with some steepness, but can be taken as slowly as needed!

Interested in building your CASA Community? Connecting with your fellow CASAs can be a great way to learn about new resources and build support while having fun and meeting new friends. 
If you would like to host your very own CASA Connection in your neighborhood, reach out to Betsy Ann Mudd ( ) for assistance. 
CASA Book Clubs

Urban Book Club
Where: CASA's home in Echo Park
RSVP for the address
When: August 25, 2018 / 11am-1pm
"White Oleander" by Janet Fitch
Contact: Joanne Lightfoot at
ETO Corner

Need help with ETO or how to fill out forms in ETO? Please refer to the updated Advocate Handbook or join us at our weekly walk-in ETO clinics every Tuesday from 12pm-2pm in our Monterey Park office!

For ETO assistance, please contact Josh Saxelby-Valle at or 323.859.2888 x.6354 or Jessica Vallejo at or 323.859.288 8 x.6396.
For CASA youth
Aaron Ruben Scholarship
Do you have a CASA youth who is interested in attending college or vocational school this fall? If so, encourage him/her to apply for the Aaron Ruben Scholarship. The Aaron Ruben Scholarship was established through the generosity of Mr. Aaron Ruben in 2000. The scholarship was created to financially help students pursue higher education at any post-high school educational facility, including but not limited to a two-year or four-year college, trade school, or other recognized educational program. For more information, please see the application here for complete details. Deadline to submit an application is September 1st!

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarship
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is awarding scholarships to Latino high school seniors for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, and excellence in various educational categories. Recipients may receive $3500 in educational grants. Students can apply here . Application deadline is October 15th, 2018. For more information about the scholarship and eligibility, please contact Brenda Camarillo at .

Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
Young Center supports volunteer advocates to spend time with and advocate on behalf of an unaccompanied immigrant child while he or she is subject to deportation proceedings. If you had a child in need of an advocate around immigration proceedings, please refer your child/youth to their program here .

13th Annual Children and Family Resource Fair
Join Star View Teammates for their 13th Annual Children and Family Resource Fair on August 10th, 2018 at the Watts Recreational Center. From 10:00AM-4:00PM, there will be free carnival games, arts and crafts table, delicious food, performances, and raffles! For more information, please contact

WE LIFT LA empowers transitional aged youth and young adults out of the foster care system by providing life skills services, consistent support, workshops, and counseling to make the shift from foster care to independence less challenging and more successful. The organization offers housing, life skills development, and job readiness and vocational training. Please go to their website here for more information.
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