Monthly Buzz
News, Events, and Latest Updates
1 May 2018
For CASA volunteers
Beware of Email Scams and Viruses!
Please be cautious when opening attachments or clicking on unfamiliar links in emails! Online scams happen often, and we need to be careful when opening emails that look unusual. Please contact your advocate supervisor if you receive an email that looks suspicious.

Continuing Education Hours Opportunity
Pasadena City College offers free classes such as Mental Health First Aid, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Healing from Vicarious Trauma, DCFS Roundtable, Preparing Your Child for College, and more that will count for continuing education hours! For more information on classes and schedules, please visit their website here .
Keep in mind that CASA volunteers are required by law to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education every year. You can also find continuing education opportunities at our website here .

Help Us Hold Their Hands
Please join us for our Antelope Valley/Santa Clarita Valley fundraising benefit Help Us Hold Their Hands on Friday, May 4th from 5:00pm-10:00pm. We are excited to be honoring High Desert Medical Group, Brenda Robinson with Children's Law Center, and Damien Rosen, County Counsel. We are also awarding our very own CASA volunteers, Lynette Crawford and Carolyn Olsen, with the CASA Outstanding Advocate Award for their tireless service and dedication to CASA and the children they serve. Please visit our website   for detailed information and to purchase tickets and sponsorship. Have questions? Wish to donate to the silent auction? Please contact Dayna Rodriguez at 661.723.2272 or .
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.
CASA Book Clubs

San Fernando Valley Book Group
Where: CASA's home in Studio City
RSVP for the address
When: May 1st, 2018 at 7:00PM
"The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity" by: Nadione Burke Harris, M.D.
Contact: Renne Bilson at

Long Beach/Compton Book Group
Where: CASA's home in Long Beach/Compton
RSVP for the address
When: June 30th 10:00am-11:30am
"The Last Black Unicorn " by: Tiffany Haddish, and
"Three Little Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Carter
Contact: Rhonda Brown at
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
May 17, 2018
Luminarias Restaurant
Upcoming In-Services

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

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Monterey Park office

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monterey Park offic

Friday, May 18, 2018
3101 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Monterey Park office

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. 
For CASA youth
Happy Trails/Unicamp: Overnight Summer Camp
In collaboration with UCLA/Unicamp and Supervisor Sheila Keuhl's office, Happy Trail for Kids is offering an overnight summer camp opportunity for children in foster care, ages 12 to 17. Campers will spend their days sailing, swimming, enjoying nature, and participating in other activities and discussions designed to inspire academic achievement! They are holding 15 slots specifically for CASA youth, so please refer your CASA youth to this wonderful free opportunity! For more information, visit their website here or email the camp director, September Sucher here .

Senator Anthony Portantino Foster Youth Townhall
Join State Senator Anthony Portantino at the 10th Annual Foster Youth Townhall on Saturday, May 19th from 9:30am to 3:00pm at Pasadena City College! This event is targeting youth and young adults ages 16 and up. There are workshop sessions for caregivers and adults working with the youth as well. Space and gift cards for youth are limited so register now here !

Set for Life
Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) at UCLA is now accepting applications from community col 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 .

Application for UCLA's CCCP Scholars Program is Open!
Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) at UCLA is now accepting applications from community college students who will be applying to transfer in or after Fall 2018. CCCP focuses on students who may have recently graduated from high school and plan to enroll in a community college OR students currently attending community college who are not following a transfer curriculum at the time of application and show a potential for academic success. The goal of the program is to motivate, inform, and prepare students to transfer from a California community college to a selective Top Tier Research institution such as UCLA. 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.

LGBTQ+ Teen Group at the STAR Clinic
Resiliency describes one's ability to overcome stressors and handle tough situations. The LGBTQ+ Teen Group, for teens ages 14-17, builds on teens' strengths and teaches new skills to manage stress. Teens will learn how to build strong and supportive relations, improve communication with family and trusted supports, solve common challenges, manage difficult feelings, and increase enjoyment and self-care. Please contact Natalie Ramos and Liz Ollen at or 310-825-0385.
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