January 2019
Monthly News and Updates
Collaboration Council welcomes Terrill North as its new 
Executive Director!
The Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families has selected Terrill North as its new 
Executive Director. Click here to read the full press release.

Annual Report
We are excited share our 2018 Annual Report! Click the link below to read it:

Community of Practice
The Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP) started off the year with Advancing Youth Development training (pictured). 32 practitioners received certificates upon completion of the 4 day training. This month CoP workshop topics include:  Youth Mental Health First Aid  2-day training and  Strengthening Leadership Skills through Self-Assessment,  a workshop for youth development supervisors. Click here to visit our website to see upcoming workshops open for registration in February
Many Voices for Smart Choices Coalition Meeting
Join us on Feb. 13, 2019 for our bi-monthly MVSC prevention coalition meeting. Our meetings entertain a rich discussion on substance abuse prevention efforts by multiple community stakeholders in Montgomery County. We look forward to seeing you there!

Excel Beyond the Bell
After a successful session 1, EBB Out of School Time Program Providers are gathering, planning, resource-sharing and gearing up for another amazing session. With programs slated to begin on January 29 th  there are now 6 elementary EBB sites, after adding Gaithersburg Elementary and Oakview Elementary to the collaborative. With 8 middle school programs around the county, the excitement is palpable. Providers are meeting with students and registering them for such exciting offerings as STEM, Dance, Youth Leadership, Martial Arts, Culinary Arts, and more! EBB Session 2 programs will be in operation through May 16 th . Click here to visit the EBB website to learn more about the programs offered and the partnering schools changing the face of afterschool hours for our young County residents.
Bridges to the Future
The System of Care – Bridges to the Future program has been serving youth and young adults (Y/YA) faced with mental health challenges for the last year.  Bridges pairs a transition coordinator and a peer support specialist with Y/YA and together they create a youth-directed support team (family, friends, mentors, teachers, as they identify them). A transition plan is developed to identify strengths and needs, set SMART goals and objectives, create a wellness plan, keep them motivated and celebrate their successes.  

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