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July 2021

A multi-level health resilience program addressed to Youth Substance abusers

Youth Resilience U Mentoring program is pleased to present a multi-level health resilience program to address substance abuse among farmworker families’ youth and farmworker youth. The program includes life skill training for the participants as well as counseling sessions. Also, each participant will be matched with mentors that will be, for the most part, former substance abusers. They will be in either one-on-one or group mentoring depending on their comfortability level. While one-on-one...

Juvenile Justice Video Explains Ways to Elevate Care for Youth in Custody [aecf.org]

By The Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 26, 2021 A short video produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation identifies eight principles that every juvenile justice system should embrace right now to transform care for youth in custody. These principles are designed to help all young people realize their potential — regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, neighborhood or personal history. The video introduces ways that jurisdictions can immediately and meaningfully elevate the standard of...

Join Us For Conversations With Evey & Elizabeth - 8/2/2021 at 6:00pm Central

Join Us Monday, August 2, 2021, at 6:00 pm Central Time!! Conversations With Evey & Elizabeth Join us for another great evening of comfortable conversations on uncomfortable topics! This week on Conversations With Evey & Elizabeth we will be having a great discussion with special guest Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D. Topic: Mind Matters: Overcoming adversity and building resilience for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. About the Guest Speaker: Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D. is a...

What It Looks Like to Reconnect Black Communities Torn Apart by Highways [bloomberg.com]

By Rachael Dottle, Laura Bliss, and Pablo Robles, Bloomberg City Lab, July 28, 2021 Take any major American city and you’re likely to find a historically Black neighborhood demolished, gashed in two, or cut off from the rest of the city by a highway. This legacy of racist federal transportation policies continues to define the landscapes of urban spaces. Highways like Rondo’s were part of a nationwide effort to build the interstate highway system, sometimes in concert with federal urban...

New State Laws Hamstring Public Health Officials [pewtrusts.org]

By Christine Vestal, PEW, July 29, 2021 Although no one wants to see it happen, some state and local public health officials soon may recommend reinstating mask mandates, imposing curfews, limiting travel and even reclosing schools and businesses. But in numerous states, including many with low vaccination rates and escalating COVID-19 hospitalizations, newly minted laws may prevent many of those public health precautions—or at least make them difficult to impose. Earlier this year, when...

Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty [nytimes.com]

By Jason DeParle, The New York Times, July 28, 2021 The huge increase in government aid prompted by the coronavirus pandemic will cut poverty nearly in half this year from prepandemic levels and push the share of Americans in poverty to the lowest level on record, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of a vast but temporary expansion of the safety net. The number of poor Americans is expected to fall by nearly 20 million from 2018 levels, a decline of almost 45 percent. The...

Columbus officials praise pilot program that uses social workers instead of police for drug, mental health emergencies [thehill.com]

By Rachel Scully, The Hill, July 29, 2021 The Alternative Response Pilot Program, a part-time pilot program in Columbus, Ohio, has been a large success for the city, leading officials to plan an expansion of the program, city officials announced Thursday . The pilot program, which consists of a "Triage Pod" of a social worker, emergency communications dispatcher and paramedic, aims to cut down police involvement in mental health, drug addiction or other social issues in emergency situations.

Simone Biles is being applauded for her strength. Society owes her more, these Black women say. [thelily.com]

By Shanon Lee, The Lily, July 28, 2021 Marking the second time in recent months a world-class Black woman athlete publicly prioritized their mental health over competing, gymnast superstar Simone Biles withdrew from Thursday’s individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics. “I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health,” Biles told NBC . In May, tennis champion Naomi Osaka also made headlines after withdrawing from the French Open , citing mental health concerns.

How savings accounts help students get to college [edsource.org]

By Carolyn Jones, EdSource, July 29, 2021 College savings accounts can help cover tuition costs, but some researchers say their real value is more nuanced. The very act of opening a college account for a young child can motivate that student to excel in school and aim for post-secondary education, they say. “Child savings accounts set up these high expectations from a young age,” said Shira Markoff, director of children’s savings at Prosperity Now, a nonprofit focused on closing the racial...

ACEs Aware in Action: July Newsletter [acesaware.org]

ACEs Aware in Action July 2021 New ACE Screening Claims and Training Data Report This month, the ACEs Aware initiative released a new data report – “ ACEs Aware Screening, Training, and Certification Progress: July 2021 Update . ” The report details the number of ACE screenings conducted in California between January 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020, and the number of individuals who completed the “ Becoming ACEs Aware in California ” online training between December 4, 2019, and March 31,...

How 'Mama Brown' changed students' lives by paying for college and so much more: 'It's not about the money' [edsource.org]

By Carolyn Jones and Andrew Reed, EdSource, July 29, 2021 For Gov. Gavin Newsom and anyone else promoting college savings accounts for low-income children, Oral Lee Brown has some advice: “It’s not about the money.” Brown, an Oakland real estate agent now in her 70s, has been promoting the same idea since 1987, when she “adopted” a class of first graders from Brookfield Elementary School in East Oakland, promising to pay their college costs if they stayed in school. [ Please click here to...

The Pandemic Spurred a Domestic Violence Epidemic. It's Not Over Yet. [calhealthreport.org]

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett, California Health Report, July 29, 2021 For Lydia, 40, of southeast Los Angeles County, there was nothing safe about staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being home meant being stuck with her abusive husband who beat her and tried to control her every move. The abuse predated the pandemic – her three children went to live with a family member in 2018 because of it. But when Lydia’s husband lost his job because of the shutdown, he became angry and bored, and...

The Void That Critical Race Theory Was Created To Fill [newyorker.com]

By Laruen Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, July 27, 2021 I n 1971, Derrick Bell, a forty-year-old civil-rights attorney, became the first Black professor to gain tenure at Harvard Law School. A soft-spoken and prolific scholar, with glasses and a short fro coming to a widow’s peak, Bell was a Pittsburgh native and Air Force veteran who, before his career in academia, had worked with Thurgood Marshall composing legal strategies against school segregation in the South, at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal...

Anthony Veasna So Takes On Trauma, But Doesn't Leave Out The Jokes [newyorker.com]

By Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, August 2, 2021 I n the mid-seventies, Ted Ngoy was working the late shift at a gas station in Orange County when he tasted his first doughnut. Ngoy, then in his thirties, was instantly hooked. He trained to become a manager at Winchell’s Donuts, a popular chain, before purchasing Christy’s Donuts, a struggling shop in La Habra. Ngoy turned Christy’s around, and in the next few years he acquired more stores in the area. He is said to have popularized the pink box...

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