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October is National Bullying Prevention Month Part II

October is
National Bullying Prevention Month

You can help create a world without bullying!

A nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center that unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. Join Lindsey Vajpeyi, Programs & Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Capital Area Chapter and Penny Gladhill, Director of the Volunteer Helping Hands program at Hospice Caring, for this workshop to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 pm  Hospice Caring, Inc. | 518 South Frederick Avenue | Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Space is limited! Registration is required.  

Mini-Grant Funding for Under 21 Substance Abuse Prevention Activities for FY 2018

The Collaboration Council announces the availability of mini-grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that will help prevent their illegal use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, over-the-counter, prescription and/or other drugs. Grants can range from $500 to $1,000; applicants must provide a local match (cash, in-kind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due November 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Expenses incurred for projects funded via these grants must begin after January 1, 2018 and conclude by May 31, 2018
This is part of the Collaboration Council led Many Voices for Smart Choices – Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse. Funding comes from the Montgomery County government. For complete details and to download the Mini-Grant Application Announcement please click here. Please direct all questions to info@collaborationcouncil.org. Deadline for submitting questions is October 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying among school-age youth is a pervasive problem that challenges the teaching and learning environment, increases mental health and behavior problems, diminishes school connectedness and violates the right of students to receive equal educational opportunities in a safe environment. In response, schools have an ethical and legal responsibility to prevent bullying of any kind, ideally as part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring school safety and promoting positive behavior.
Visit this post from the American Psychological Association, for information on Bullying, Electronic Harassment and Aggression Prevention. In Montgomery County, these agencies are working to address the problem locally.  

Register Now for October Community of Practice Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County. Please join us at our upcoming CoP Workshops:
  • October 9, 2017 9:30-2:00PMLGBTQ Ally TrainingMid-County Rec Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • October 10, 2017 9:00-3:00PM Youth Development Practices for Old-er Youth: Increasing Engagement and Building CommunityMid-County Rec Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD, 20906
  • October 14&28 2017 9:00-4:00 PM2-Day Advancing Youth Development Training for TeachersNorbeck-Muncaster Mill Neighborhood Park 4101 Muncaster Mill RD, Norbeck, MD, 20853
  • October 17-18 2017 9:30-2:30 PMYouth Mental Health First AidSilver Spring Civic Center 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • October 19, 2017 9:30-12:30 PMRestorative Practices for Youth and FamiliesConference Center, 1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
  • October 24, 2017 9:30-2:00 PMKeys To A Successful Mentoring ProgramConference Center, 1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
  • October 25, 2017 12:00-1:30 PMCreating Safe Space: Reducing Bullying and Harassment; Building Positive Climate Webinar
  • October 26, 2017 9:30– 2:00 PMEngaging African American Males in Youth ProgramsSilver Spring Civic Center 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • October 27, 2017 9:30– 12:30 PMTrauma Informed Care Conference Center, 1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
To register and for more details view the CoP flyer.

Save a Life Montgomery: Opioid and Substance Abuse Community Forum

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and the Many Voices for Smart Choices™ Coalition* will be hosting a special event–Save a Life Montgomery Community Forum.

Saturday October 21, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Doors will open at noon to allow attendees time to visit the information pathway and resource tables. Walk-ins are welcome and may register at the door. There is no cost to attend this event and all community members are welcome. This program will provide current information to attendees on medical, legal, and behavioral issues and supports related to opioid and substance abuse. This forum is designed to address unique issues among parents, caregivers, and youth. Activities include: • an information pathway of county statistics and personal stories • resource tables providing information about relevant local services and supports • keynote speakers, including: two-time Super Bowl Champion Dexter Manley • presentation of youth PSA video and poster contest award winners • information about the Good Samaritan law • interactive demonstrations and reflection activities especially for youth (note: SSL hours are available for this event) • behavioral and health changes that occur in those with current substance abuse issues • an introduction to Naloxone and panel discussion with a Q&A session

Register Now!

Please Note: You can register up to 20 additional attendees, 10 in each category: Student and or General Registration.

Prevention Coordinator Position Available

Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families
September 2017
The Collaboration Council is currently seeking a Prevention Coordinator for its Many Voices for Smart Choices (MVSC) substance abuse prevention program. The Prevention Coordinator assists the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families in its efforts to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs by youth and young adults, and engages community stakeholders in encouraging positive youth development. For complete job description and where to send your cover letter and resume click here Prevention Coordinator Job Description.
Closing date for submitting resumes is October 16, 2017
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September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution.
Check out these and other hunger facts on the Maryland Hunger Solutions website, and be sure to support these programs that provide meals, grocery delivery and emergency food to our neighbors.
  • Despite living in one of the wealthiest states in the country, many Marylanders struggle with hunger.
  • In the wealthiest state in the country, one in eight households faces a constant struggle against hunger.
  • Nearly 21 percent of households with children struggle to obtain enough food to provide regular, healthy meals for their family.
  • Nearly 10 percent of Marylanders live below the poverty line.

Free Video Production Classes for high school students

Registration is underway for free 12-week video production classes for high school students that will begin September 25. The classes are being offered by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media at their location in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre at 8641 Colesville Rd. and at five county library locations.
  • All programs meet after school from 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Rockville Memorial Library (Mondays)
  • Marilyn Praisner / Burtonsville Library (Mondays)
  • Long Branch Library (Tuesdays)
  • Kensington Park Library (Tuesdays)
  • Aspen Hill Library (Wednesdays)
  • Silver Spring Black Box Theater (Thursdays).
Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is an after-school program that empowers young people in Montgomery County to use multimedia tools to promote community building, multicultural understanding, and the common good.

Property Taxes – Homeowners Tax Credit Deadline Extended to September 15, 2017

The Homeowners Property Tax Credit provides tax relief based on income and age. This valuable state and county program requires an annual application and has been historically under-subscribed. The deadline to apply this year has been extended to Friday, September 15, 2017. Click here to download the HTC-60 form or to get more information.  

Property tax bills for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 are available for viewing online via this page on the Montgomery County government web site. Property tax bills are determined by the assessment (updated every three years) times the tax rate. State, County and Municipal property taxes all appear on the same bill. County property tax rates are set by the County Council, State property tax rates are set by the Board of Public Works and municipal tax rates are set by municipal governments.
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