DECEMBER news & updates
DECEMBER 7th, 2021
NORWALK ACTS UPDATES
Our December Quarterly Convening will be focused on our Policy & Advocacy Cornerstone. The Policy & Advocacy Taskforce will present our new cornerstone purpose statement, guiding principles, and what it means for Norwalk ACTS to lead, advocate, and support policies. We will be joined by The School and State Finance Project, who will facilitate an engaging workshop that will focus on demystifying policy, building individuals' public narrative, providing a framework for how to communicate with public officials, and empowering members to build relationships with public officials.
How does collaborative action help a community get better results for youth and families? We love this video from StriveTogether, featuring Norwalk ACTS!
We are thrilled that we are one of Fairfield County Bank December "Charity of the Month," and could win an additional $1,500 with your support. There are three easy ways to vote (daily!)

1. Visit this page to vote online.
2. ​Tell your banker your vote at one of our branch offices and drive-ups
3. Call the Customer Care Center at 203.431.7431 with your vote.

Thank you!
UPCOMING EVENTS
OUR WORK
SOCIAL JUSTICE & RACIAL EQUITY
Are you interested in being a part of our Equity Core Team? The Equity Core Team is a leadership team of members from across the Norwalk ACTS network who play a leading role in operationalizing the commitment to equity in all dimensions of the Norwalk ACTS ecosystem. The existing Core team is in discussions on how to best reconstitute the team and welcome new community members into the process. Be on the look for more information on how to get involved in January 2022!
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Community Advocates have been actively participating in NPS School Governance Councils and PTOs. Additionally, Equity Committees are being created at each NPS school. Community Advocates are currently participating in the Nathan Hale Middle School Equity Committee with other community members, students, parents, and NPS staff. 
PRENATAL TO 3RD GRADE
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL HEALTH
The Norwalk Partnership invites parents to an online event to hear about mental health and substance use in Norwalk families, based on our recent surveys, and to talk with local experts.
The Norwalk Partnership in collaboration with NACTS and other community partners released the first edition of the Wellness Bulletin for Norwalk Parents, to help parents with info, tips, and resources. Please share throughout the community!
OUT OF SCHOOL TIME
We are in the process of redesigning our OST portal to make it more user-friendly and add programs that are year-round and seasonal (rather than just summer). More to come in 2022!
COLLEGE AND WORKFORCE READINESS
FREE Virtual FAFSA workshops for students and their families. There will be more to come on the list below.
Financial aid professionals will be available to help students and families navigate the process of need-based federal aid. Those who sign up will receive a checklist of items that they will need to successfully complete the process. These events are open to high school students across the state.

VIRTUAL
Tues., Dec. 14 — 6 pm — Open to all, virtual. Click to register.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING MORE INVOLVED?
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