Collaboration Council Newsletter
April 2018

Save A Life Montgomery 

The Save a Life opioid and substance abuse forum is a community wide event where parents, youth and community stakeholders can be educated on the consequences and dangers of substance abuse. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from medical personnel, law enforcement, and people who have been impacted by the disease.  Participants will engage in interactive learning and other skill building activities. The afternoon will end with questions and answers from our knowledgeable team of speakers. Please join us as we find ways to make our community safer!

April 17, 2018 
2:00-4:00 P.M
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Theatre Arts Building 

Please join us for this special community forum. Spread the word and SAVE A LIFE.

2018 Youth Development and Mentoring Symposium 

We are excited to announce Karen Pittman as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Youth Development and Mentoring Symposium. Karen is the president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment. 

The Symposium will take place on May 22 & 23, 2018 at  The Universities at Shady Grove 
9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

Montgomery County Collaboration Council Re-engagement Center

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council is excited to partner with Lead4Life to bring Peer Connector Services (PCS) to the county. Based on evidence-based re-engagement models throughout the nation, PCS is dedicated to assisting youth ages 16-24, who are currently not enrolled in school or employed. Lead4Life's "peer connectors" will assist youth in crafting their own education and employment goals, and connect the youth with services that will help them meet those goals and flourish on their journey to re-engagement. 

PCS is currently accepting referrals for disconnected youth interested in earning their High School Diploma, earning their GED, and/or entering the workforce. Please contact Program Director Jermaine Arrington at 240-712-0040 or for more information. 
Community of Practice 

The Youth Development Community of Practice kicked off the spring with 6 workshops in March, including:
  • Real Talk 4 Girls: Using Restorative Circles to Engage Girls of Color
  • A Restorative Practices Approach for Engaging At-Risk Youth & Families
  • Engaging Parents in Support of Youth Program Participants
  • Engaging African American Males in Youth Programs
  • Understanding and Building Youth Program Culture
  • Group Games Trainings

April represents our busiest month for workshops this year, with a variety of new facilitators offering the latest insights on topics including Preventing Youth Gang Involvement, Motivational Interviewing, and Building Community. You can view the full workshop list here . Space is still available in many workshops- sign up today!