December 2019
Monthly News and Updates
"We Need to Talk: Feedback, Coaching and Other Impactful Communication with your Team" workshop
Community of Practice (CoP)
The youth development CoP team at the Collaboration Council is esteemed to say we've finished a strong year of supporting youth serving organizations in Montgomery County through coordinated in-person and online training opportunities. This year, we hosted over 50 youth development trainings, producing over 300 hours of training for professionals in the youth serving capacity. In the month of December we offered training on topics including Restorative Practices for Girls of Color, Reframing Conflict, Building Community, and Engaging Parents in Youth Programs. We also offered topics specifically for supervisors in the field including: Feedback, Coaching and Other Impactful Communication with your Team and Advancing Youth Development for Supervisors. We are excited to offer additional topics in 2020 to help Montgomery County youth workers support and grow from one another through adult learning opportunities.  
Committee for Montgomery: Annual Legislative Breakfast

Collaboration Council's Executive Director and Public Policy Coordinator attended the Committee for Montgomery’s Annual Legislative Breakfast. The breakfast, which brings together politicians, business leaders, educators, civic activists and union leaders, serves as the unofficial kick-off of the State’s legislative calendar. Presumed next State Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) announced that Sen. William C. Smith (D - pictured right) would become chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, with Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher (D) as the vice chairman. He also named several Montgomery County lawmakers appointed to key leadership posts, including Sen. Nancy King (D) as majority leader, and Cheryl C. Kagan (D) as vice chairwoman of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. Sen. Craig J. Zucker (D) will become chairman of the Democratic Caucus and chairman of the education subcommittee on the Budget and Taxation Committee. Sen. Susan C. Lee (D) will remain majority whip.  Montgomery County officials will prioritize the funding increases sought by the Kirwan Commission to improve public education in the state.  Also speaking at the Committee for Montgomery breakfast was U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), state Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D) and Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz (D).

Sen. William C. Smith & Terrill North
EBB students at the Rising Journalists program.
Excel Beyond the Bell
Great things are happening in the Montgomery County Collaboration Council Out-of-School-Time (OST) department. At the center of our work, 599 Elementary and 1762 Middle School students were served in Session 1 through the Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) collaborative. Our 19 Collaboration Council funded providers granted Middle School EBB youth the opportunity to learn new SEL skills through the vehicles of culinary arts, fitness, leadership & mentoring, digital art, dance, music production, video production, coding, project management, anime, and more. The Collaboration Council Out-of-School-Time department has been a key support for our EBB funded providers through implementation of professional development opportunities and technical assistance around program quality. Providers and their staff have invested over 50 hours of professional development to improve their understanding of youth development and to stay ahead of best practices when serving Montgomery County youth. In 2020, EBB Elementary will be establishing four new sites in Montgomery County including Whetstone Elementary, New Hampshire Estates Elementary, Weller Road Elementary, and Roscoe Nix Elementary School. The year is ending on a high note for youth and OST is ready to support and celebrate the interests and efforts of even more youth in Session 2 beginning in January 2020. 
Children with Intensive Needs
Collaboration Council staff volunteered with Lead4Life and spent a day celebrating Thanksgiving with youth detained at the Afred D. Noyes Children’s Center (Noyes). Noyes is a co-ed facility that provides secure detention services to male and female youth, primarily between the ages of 12-18, who are awaiting a court date or placement in a treatment facility. Noyes primarily serves youth from Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Washington counties, and provides dietary, medical, educational and counseling services. In addition to receiving services, youth residing at Noyes attend school in the facility year round, five days a week for six hours a day. 

Collaboration Council staff with Lead4Life volunteers
at the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center
MoCo ReConnect-Focus on Our Partners
Exemplary programs and services are the reasons that Lead4Life (L4L) has a central role in our reengagement efforts in Montgomery County. Over the past two years, L4L has been conducting peer to peer outreach in our communities to locate and assist young adults who are no longer in school or working, and has provided a warm and welcoming environment for these young adults to begin working on their goals. The services provided by L4L within MoCo ReConnect are essential to the continued success of the program. We look forward to this continued partnership and our new partnerships with LAYC and SMYAL.

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) continues to develop their leadership skills and will play a vital role in the design of our MoCo ReConnect spaces. They will be working closely with the county's Health and Human Services and the National Center of Children and Families on the Spring 2020 Youth REACH MD (Reach out, Engage, Assist, & Count to end Homelessness). Youth Reach MD is an effort to begin to address youth homelessness in Maryland by obtaining information on the number, characteristics, and needs of youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability to help inform efforts to end and prevent youth homelessness. The YAC is excited to start this work and will have important part in informing the process.