Issue 10-11 | June 1, 2021
Spotlight On: Volition Franklin Featured on CBS-58
Volition Franklin, a community coalition in Franklin county, WI that is focused on substance misuse prevention, was featured during the CBS-58 morning show last week. Volition Franklin connects a bunch of sectors in the area, including schools, law enforcement, health care systems, and community members, to collaborate and create solutions for substance misuse. Ellen Henry from the Franklin Health Department explained the coalition's work and the resources community members can receive from their local health department. Services such as prevention presentations, car seat installations, sharps disposals, immunizations, and community organizing are some of the many things the Franklin Health Department offers its community. To watch the segment on CBS-58, click here. To learn more about Volition Franklin and their mission, click here.
A Community Conversation with Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Wednesday, June 2
Join Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Milwaukee community leaders on June 2 to discuss how the American Rescue Plan is helping the state's families, including big news about the rollout of the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) in July.

Almost 1.2 million Wisconsin children 18 and under are estimated to benefit from this temporary expansion of the CTC, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. This single reform has the power to cut childhood poverty almost in half nationally, especially among Black, Latino, and rural families. 

Senator Baldwin and community leaders will explain the American Rescue Plan's many benefits for Wisconsin families in this virtual conversation organized by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.

The Pandemic's Impact on Children's Mental Health
It's no doubt the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on global mental health. Studies show that children are also facing worsening emotional and cognitive health and are at risk for negative mental health impacts. There is a higher impact for those who are LGBTQ+ youth and children of color. According to data by the KFF, more than 25% of youth reported with worsening emotional and cognitive health. The KFF offers specific data on more than 20 indicators on mental health as well as fact sheets for every state. Click here to read more.
Webinars & Events
Youth Transformation Series
Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24
The Youth Transformation series is a social and emotional learning program for boys and girls between the ages of 12-17. They will learn about the knowledge and skills necessary to understand their emotions. These sessions occur every Thursday at 6 p.m. via Zoom for the month of June. Check below for the list of dates:

  • June 3: Octavia Manuel: Topic: Just Breathe!
The session demonstrate breathing techniques and mindfulness. We will also discuss the use of aromatherapy.
  • June 10: Latrece Nelson: Topic: Social Awareness
This session is designed to explore how to balance emotional, physical, and financial aspirations and goals so they are truly positioned to be wealthy.
  • June 17: Tiffany Gratton-McDuffie: Topic: We Are Not Down with OPP
In this session, youth will explore things they can control and the icky habits that are holding them back from living their best lives in real life.
  • June 24: Dr. Lakeia Jones Topic: Preventing Suicide
This session will discuss the risk factors, warning signs, and action steps to prevent suicide.

Click here to register.
Marijuana and the Teen Brain
Monday, June 7
Dr. David Galbis-Reig, who is certified in addiction medicine, will discuss the current state of the use of cannabis and cannabinoids among adolescents and the effect that cannabinoids have on adolescent and young adult brain development. The presentation, sponsored by the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and Community Advocates, will be held via Zoom on Monday, June 7, at 1 p.m. Click here to register.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Monday, June 7
The Milwaukee County DHHS-Disabilities Services Division Adult Protective Services Team is hosting a Walk-In in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Walk-In is meant to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people by creating a call-to-action for individuals and communities to educate each other on this type of abuse. The event will be held at Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., on Monday, June 7, at 10 a.m. Click here for more information, or call Dinah LaCaze at (414) 289-6533.
What's Next in Virtual Human Services?
Wednesday, June 9
"What's Next in Human Services," hosted by UW-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty, will explore the various changes human service providers have made when it comes to virtual interactions. The webinar will assess the changes that worked well, what didn't, as well as lessons learned over the course of the pandemic and how that can help to inform approaches to meeting client needs in a post-pandemic world. The webinar will be held on June 9 from 1-2 p.m. To register, click here.
2021 WAVE Summer Internship
Monday, June 14- Wednesday, August 9
WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) is offering a virtual summer internship for individuals between the ages of 14-21 years. This virtual summer internship will provide opportunities to create public awareness events, increase advocacy, and learn lobbying skills, as well as many others skills that are beneficial to those who are very passionate about preventing gun violence in their communities. For more information, click here.
MPS Driver's Education
MPS Drive will be offering free classroom and behind the wheel sessions for all MPS students who are seeking driver's education. Students will receive 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of driving instruction and 6 hours of observation. To qualify, the student must be an MPS student and at least 15.5 years and not older than 17.5 years. When registering, there will be a $35 permit fee, which will cover the cost of the temporary permit. To learn more, click here.
Healthy MKE At-Home Vaccinations
Healthy Milwaukee is offering at-home Covid-19 vaccinations for people who have difficulty leaving their home and need additional support to access the care and health resources they need. To schedule an at-home Covid-19 vaccination appointment, click here or call (414) 257-7468.
Health Connections Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics
Health Connections is providing a list of free, pop-up walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Milwaukee. Visit their website to find a date and location near you to get vaccinated! Click here to see more.
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Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST MKE, a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, under Grant No. 5H79SM063524.