June 2020
Monthly News and Updates
Exciting News!
We will be taking a break during the month of July to focus on redesigning our newsletter. We look forward to bringing you a new and improved format in August!

Please be safe and have a great summer!

Councilmember Evan Glass & Elijah Wheeler
The Sound of Collaboration Podcast
In this episode of The Sound of Collaboration, we were joined by our guest Councilmember Evan Glass (At-Large Montgomery County), where we discussed prevalent issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, Covid-19, housing affordability, transportation and traffic issues and more.

A big thank you to Montgomery Parks for hosting us at the beautiful Brookside Gardens.

Click here  to hear the full podcast. 
Excel Beyond the Bell
As of June 15th, we officially closed our afterschool program year on an empowering note, having shifted for the first time to provide programming resources and activities in the virtual space or in a family engagement model. Thank you to every partnering youth-serving organization that accepted the call to work with us in partnership and those currently designing future opportunities to support the development of youth. Your efforts as we forge new paths for equitable supports for all youth, especially Black and Brown youth, will be needed even more widely than before. Collaboration Council looks forward to the future, supporting missions that help ensure that youth thrive, achieve, learn, earn, serve, and grow.


Maryland Mentor
Calling all mentoring programs in Montgomery County! Our friends at Maryland MENTOR want to get to know your mentoring program better!

Click here to complete the survey. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete for most organizations. 

Maryland Mentor

Coffee and Conversation
To start the month of June in the spirit of convening, communication, and collaboration, Nonprofit Montgomery partnered with Montgomery County Collaboration Council and Latin American Youth Center to kick off a "Coffee and Conversation" Virtual Talk series with youth-serving organizations and practitioners. The initial session, held on June 2nd, included breakout discussions led by sector leaders on various topics, including evaluation and outcome measures for the sector, positive youth development, summer programming, and financial management. The virtual sessions will culminate with policy and programmatic recommendations for recovery that will be sent to state and county-specific decision makers.  
Some recommendations from the recent Montgomery County virtual session included:

  • Need for school and community-based organization partnerships and collaboration
  • Need to engage young people and families' voices in planning and decision making
  • Provide a full breadth of experiences for youth – including arts – not just academics
  • Need to focus on social/emotional well-being and mental health


Click photo for a downloadable resource guide to combat racism.
A Note from our Executive Director
We all should be equally outraged by the events that not only demand our present attention, but also by those things that are currently being exacerbated as a result of the pandemic, which has had a disproportionate impact upon communities of color. While our outrage may start with the voicing of uncomfortable truths about ourselves and how the privileges we’ve been given have disadvantaged others unfairly, we mustn’t stop there. We must be bold and brave enough to take the next steps and actively and intentionally work to redress these wrongs. Today, the Collaboration Council invites you to join us in this work. Help us to amplify the voices of those who have been traditionally marginalized. Assist us in working toward equitable outcomes for youth of color who find themselves wrapped up in the criminal justice system. Donate to the work we support, such as mentoring for girls of color in communities that lack access to equitable resources. Volunteer your time and talents to join one of our committees that are working to ensure community voice and inclusion in decision-making. 

There are steps that can be taken in order to make sure that deep, transformative change takes place, but we must remain vigilant. The change we seek will not happen immediately, but it can and will happen if we choose to do it in the spirit of collaboration. Onward.

-Elijah Wheeler