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1 June 2018
For CASA volunteers

Save the Date!
We are so excited to be working on our 5th Annual Wine + Art fundraising event! Once
again, we are partnering with artists, local food vendors and wineries to raise funds for CASA/LA with an art auction and wine tasting evening on November 3rd. If you know of any food or beverage vendors that would like to be involved in this fun night, please contact Simone Sterling at 323-859-2888 x6356 or .

Early Childhood Training Opportunity!
CASA/LA will be facilitating an Early Childhood training in August 2018 at the Monterey Park CASA office. The training will involve three online modules and three in-person sessions. The in-person sessions will be held on August 9th, August 15th, and August 22nd from 12pm-3pm. Attendance at all 3 in-person sessions is mandatory as the information in the training is cumulative. There are only 15 slots available and it is first come first serve so please contact Lauri Halderman, advocate supervisor, at to sign up or for more information! 

Third Party Events and Partnerships
Do you have a great fundraising opportunity where you would like to donate proceeds back to CASA/LA? This type of event is called a Third Party event. A Third Party fundraising event is when a business, organization, community group, school or individual hosts an event or program where funds are raised and are donated to benefit CASA of Los Angeles. It is planned and executed independently of CASA/LA. If you would like to learn more or have a great third party event idea, please contact Simone Sterling at 323-859-2888 x6356 or . You can also fill out our online application at .
ETO Corner

Need help with ETO or how to fill out forms in ETO? Please refer to the updated Advocate Handbook or join us at our weekly walk-in ETO clinics every Tuesday from 12pm-2pm in our Monterey Park office!

For ETO assistance, please contact Josh Saxelby-Valle at or 323.859.2888 x.6354 or Jessica Vallejo at or 323.859.288 8 x.6396.
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate and appreciate our wonderful volunteers and their advocacy service to the youth! Nearly 200 people, including CASA volunteers, judicial officers, and board members attended.
Congratulations to Wrenn Chais, Volunteer of the Year, and Deborah Wyle, Rookie of the Year!
Upcoming In-Services

You can download handouts from the in-services by going to our website and clicking on the " FOR ADVOCATES " tab!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Monterey Park office

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Monterey Park office

CASA Connections
Casual, positive get-togethers organized by CASAs, for CASAs

Interested in building your CASA Community? Connecting with your fellow CASAs can be a great way to learn about new resources and build support while having fun and meeting new friends. 
If you would like to host your very own CASA Connection in your neighborhood, reach out to Betsy Ann Mudd ( ) for assistance. 
CASA Book Clubs
San Fernando Valley Book Club
Where: CASA's home
RSVP for the address
When: June 12th 7:00pm
"The Hate U Give" by: Angie Thomas
Contact: Renne Bilson at

San Gabriel Valley Book Club
Where: CASA's home in Sierre Madre
RSVP for the address
When: June 30th 1:00pm
"My Orange Duffel Bag-A Journey to Radical Change" by: Sam Braken
Contact: Katherine Hill at

Urban Book Club
Where: CASA's home in Sierre Madre
RSVP for the address
When: July 14th 11:00AM
"Just Mercy" by: Byran Stevenson
Contact: Joanne Lightfoot at
For CASA youth
Child Development Institute's Back to School Health and Safety Fair
Child Development Institute is hosting their 2018 Back to School Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, July 21st from 10am-1pm! There will be free health screenings, activities, and giveaways for kids! It will be held at CDI's Early Learning Center on 7260 Owensmouth Ave in Canoga Park. Please contact Jamie Olivas at 818-888-4559 for more information!

WE LIFT LA empowers transitional aged youth and young adults out of the foster care system by providing life skills services, consistent support, workshops, and counseling to make the shift from foster care to independence less challenging and more successful. The organization offers housing, life skills development, and job readiness and vocational training. Please go to their website here for more information.

Peace4Kids offers foster youth ages 4-18 years old creative and educational courses, field trips, and life skills in safe and nurturing environment every Saturdays at the Watt/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club. The organization also provides a mentorship opportunities with caring adults for at least one year. For the older youth, Peace4Kids provides transitional youth services as well as leadership programs for self-advocacy. For more information, visit their website here .

Set for Life
Set for Life is a nonprofit organization that provides furnishings to young people in Supervised Independent Living Placements (SILP) or those who are leaving care and need to furnish their apartments. For more information, please visit their website here .

Youth Moving On
Youth Moving On provides former foster and probation youth, ages 16-25, affordable quality housing and numerous support services to help them transition successfully to adulthood. The program is support by Hillsides and located in Pasadena. Please visit their website here for more information!

Scholars Program at United Friends of the Children
The Scholars Program will engage foster youth in one-on-one relationships with counselors, help them grow through career development and enrichment, and persist with support through difficult circumstances. United Friends of the Children is seeking referrals for LA County foster youth in grades 7-8, grade 10, and community college students who plan to transfer to a 4-year college within two years. Please contact Carol Giron at or 213.580.1850 for more information.
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