April 2019
Monthly News and Updates
Youth Development & Mentoring Symposium MAY 14-16
Join more than 150 Montgomery County professionals working with youth in Montgomery County May 14-16th at the Universities at Shady Grove. The symposium will showcase subject matter on a wide array of youth development topics designed to increase and reinforce critical knowledge and skills necessary for practitioners who work with youth. 

Click here to register.
YDS with Youth Development & Mentoring
Welcome Patti Lyman: Reengagement Coordinator
As part of our reengagement efforts of disconnected youth in the East County Opportunity Zone framework, Patti will be responsible for assisting with the ongoing design and implementation of the Montgomery County Reengagement and Homeless Youth Drop-in Center. 
The center is a collaborative of programs providing education, training, and employment services to youth ages 16-24 years old. In addition to serving disconnected youth, the Center will serve as an entry point to the Montgomery County Continuum of Care. Youth experiencing homelessness will have low barrier access to showers, laundry, and other basic necessities. Staff will work with youth to resolve their housing crisis through assessment and connection to housing support. 
Patti is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Health Studies. She worked for Montgomery County Public Schools providing academic, social, and emotional support to students with visual impairments. She also worked as Assistant Director of Youth and Transition Services at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, where she developed and implemented a year-round transition program for high school students. Patti also planned, implemented, and monitored all Youth/Teen and Family programs, such as Youth Summer Camp, Parent Workshops, and oversaw vision services to students in DC Charter Schools and in the DC Early Intervention program. Patti’s experience includes work as a Trainer/Education Specialist at WorkSource Montgomery, where she provided assistance in identifying and removing barriers to employment. 
Opioid Education and Awareness Community Forum

The third, Know the Risks About Opioids,  education and awareness forum took place on April 9 th  at Damascus Community Recreation Center. The forum featured presentations from leading experts in the field of substance use prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Guest speakers included, Dr. Raymond Crowel, Dr. Abby Morris, Lt. David McBain, Assistant State’s Attorney George Simms and Marcellus Sumlin, an individual in long term recovery.
Click here for a detailed review of the opioid education and awareness forum by the Montgomery County Sentinel.

The next  Know the Risks About Opioids  education and awareness forum will take place on June 6, 2019 from 1-3pm at Rockville Senior Center and will feature presentations by Albertsons’ pharmacy resident, Victoria Zhu, and Corporal Ken Matney from the City of Rockville police department. This forum is targeting seniors, caregivers and their families and will provide detailed information on:
·          Alternative pain management 
·         Opioid use and misuse
·         Safe storage and proper disposal of prescription opioids. 
Click here to register for this  free  event and register for course #9440 or call (240) 314-8800
EBB OST Providers Partners “Programming with a Purpose” Workshop Helps Sharpen our Collaborative Saw
EBB providers gathered at the Silver Spring Civic Building for an intense two-day workshop led by the Youth Development Institute and the Collaboration Council in order to refocus and center our OST efforts around the EBB mission in preparation for planning programs for EBB FY 2020. Providers engaged with each other, reviewing the collective mission as well as individual missions and the various program vehicles that each of the 12 EBB Programs represented have designed to ensure that EBB youth have quality afterschool opportunities. Participants delved into the impact of Social Emotional Learning, the central outcomes for EBB, and the Positive Youth Development approaches and strategies that will lead to successful outcomes such as ensuring that all EBB youth have opportunities to building positive relationships leading to a sense of belonging as a result of their involvement with EBB.
Providers expressed their appreciation for the time and space to discuss the EBB collaboration, its past successes and the plans for the future as well as time to exchange best practices and approaches with other OST providers in the field here in Montgomery County.
EBB is off to an early and great start for our next program year and anticipate continued support from the County to continue our work.

Bridges to the Future
The System of Care – Bridges to the Future is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month with a special day of training at the Youth Development and Mentoring Symposium, Thursday, May 16 for providers to learn more about how to engage with youth of transition age with mental health challenges and how to help them maximize their potential into adulthood. Did you know that 50% of mental illnesses begin by age 14? The statistics continue: 37% of youth ages 14 and older who have a mental health disorder drop out of high school - the highest dropout rate of any disability group; 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a serious emotional disturbance, and suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. Youth and young adults, ages 16 - 21 are invited to May Mental Health Awareness Pop-up Activities #bttfpopups to have fun, meet new friends, and get support – because Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Matters. 

Montgomery County Conservation Corps makes an impact
The Montgomery County Conservation Corps re-potted close to 500 trees at Pope Farm Nursery in Gaithersburg. The Conservation Corps, which is run by the Latin American Youth Center with support from the Collaboration Council, provides opportunities for out of school youth ages 17-24 to participate in a variety of team-based environmental, rehabilitation and habitat restoration projects. Click here to see the Montgomery County Conservation Corps feature on My Montgomery County Media.