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Community Advocacy Institute Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Institute!!

Are you interested in learning how to be an advocate for your community?

Apply today to the Community Action Board’s Community Advocacy Institute!

The CAI includes FREE workshops featuring guest speakers, activities to practice your advocacy skills, and networking opportunities.

To qualify for this program, participants must be Montgomery County residents with household incomes of $55,000 or less.

Applications are due August 16.

  Apply online

Notice of Re-Issuance for Request for Proposal: Evening Reporting Center for Juvenile Justice System Engaged Youth (Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020)

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council seeks one qualified vendor to provide Evening Reporting Center (ERC) services for youth ages 14-17 assigned by the juvenile court as an alternative to secure detention. The ERC will be a structured learning environment focusing on education, positive skill building and treatment. The ERC is a highly accountable service directing youth towards compliance with court/probation requirements. It is intended to prevent future involvement in the juvenile justice system and/or out-of-home placement. The setting is one where youth receive personal attention to manage behaviors and learn life skills. Funding is provided for operational expenses for nine months beginning October 1, 2019. .

The full Notice of Issuance can be accessed here.

Final Deadline for Written Questions: July 15, 2019
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: July 29, 2019, 4:30 pm.

Fax completed form to 301-610-0148 or email to info@collaborationcouncil.org. Interested applicants can also come to the Collaboration Council’s office at 1801 Research Blvd., Suite 103, Rockville, MD 20850 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm weekdays to obtain the RFP

Notice of Issuance for Request for Proposal: Evening Reporting Center for Juvenile Justice System Engaged Youth (Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020)

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council seeks a qualified vendor to provide Evening Reporting Center (ERC) Services for youth ages 14-17 assigned by the juvenile court as an alternative to secure detention. The ERC will be a structured learning environment focusing on education, positive skill building and treatment. The ERC is a highly accountable service directing youth towards compliance with court/probation requirements. It is intended to prevent future involvement in the juvenile justice system and/or out-of-home placement. The setting is one where youth receive personal attention to manage behaviors and learn life skills.
Funding is provided for operational expenses for one year beginning July 1, 2019.

The full Notice of Issuance can be accessed here.

Final Deadline for Written Questions: April 24, 2019
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: May 3, 2019, 4:00 pm.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Whether you are a parent,  educator,  community member, teen, or kid, you can take a stand against bullying.   Visit the US Dept of Health and Human Service’s website, bullying.gov to find out who is at risk, and what you can do to prevent and respond to bullying.

Check out these FAQ’s from the National Bullying Prevention Center

Here, in Montgomery County, Project Change’s You Have the Power! program helps youth confront the serious problem of bullying head on with a youth-led mentoring program in which older students teach younger students about the characteristics and consequences of bullying and how to reduce it in their communities.

These organizations provide  provides counseling, mentoring, case management and positive youth development programming, through there adolescent counseling programs.  

Today is #ThankYourMentor Day

Today is #ThankYourMentor day, a day to celebrate the power of mentoring and relationships. Celebrate your mentor by sharing your stories, quotes, videos, and photos on social media using the #ThankYourMentor hashtag.

Download your own “My Mentor…” sign here, write a message about why you’re thankful for your mentor, and share a photo or video on social media about your mentor including #ThankYourMentor. Tag your mentor as well! Learn more about the campaign here.

Retweet our messages of thanks throughout the day and encourage others to share their mentoring stories as well! here.

Retweet our messages of thanks throughout the day and encourage others to share their mentoring stories as well!

You can download the National Mentoring Partnership’s Toolkit, and view our Mentoring Resource Guide.   

Identifying Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice Open Solicitation #2016-52

Youth Development Community of Practice: Open Solicitation #2016-52

Re-issue Date: December 4, 2017

Closing Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

The Community of Practice (CoP) of the Collaboration Council coordinates the training and education/academic programs for youth development practitioners working in youth-serving fields such as workforce development, mentoring, recreation, and juvenile justice, with a focus on disconnected youth ages 16-24.

The Collaboration Council seeks letters of interest/proposals from organizations and qualified individuals to conduct workshops identified from meetings and surveys of youth development practitioners in Montgomery County. This solicitation seeks to identify qualified trainers to deliver workshops with content that build/strengthen the core competencies of youth development practitioners and deepen the learning experience with facilitation guided by adult learning principles. A few solicited topics for reissue include:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Creating Gender Specific Programming for Girls of Color
  • Adolescents and Social Media in Youth Programs.
Click here for more topic areas, the complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest

Announcing Open Solicitation 2017-58

Peer Connector Outreach Pilot: Open Solicitation #2017-58

Issue Date: November 20, 2017

Closing Date: Monday, December 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

On any given day in Montgomery County, thousands of disconnected youth (ages 16-24 who are neither in school or working) can be found in need of opportunity and reconnection to education or employment. In many cases, these youth aren’t easily identifiable and therefore aren’t steered toward reengagement activities that could improve their long-term outcomes. This solicitation seeks to identify and select a qualified community-based organization with strong ties to the East County community (Briggs Chaney, White Oak, and Burtonsville) and its surrounding neighborhoods. Qualified applicants will be organizations either willing to hire or currently having on staff at least two individuals who have lived experience having been disconnected in Montgomery County that can serve as “peer outreach connectors”. For complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest click on the following link: Peer Connector Outreach Pilot OS 2017-58

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month. A mentor guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. You can download the National Mentoring Partnership’s Toolkit, and view our Mentoring Resource Guide.   

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Whether you are a parent,  educator,  community member, teen, or kid, you can take a stand against bullying.   Visit the US Dept of Health and Human Service’s website, bullying.gov to find out who is at risk, and what you can do to prevent and respond to bullying. Check out these FAQ’s from the National Bullying Prevention Center Here, in Montgomery County, Project Change’s You Have the Power! program helps youth confront the serious problem of bullying head on with a youth-led mentoring program in which older students teach younger students about the characteristics and consequences of bullying and how to reduce it in their communities.
 ICC’s Crossroads Program provides counseling, mentoring, case management and positive youth development programming; .
 

Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

Mentors can make a big difference to any child, but especially a child whose parent is not around. Children of incarcerated parents are at a greater risk of financial instability, emotional distress, and problems at school. It is important for these children to maintain a healthy, positive relationship with their incarcerated parent to reduce these risks. There are many mentor programs geared toward helping children of incarcerated parents by providing them with an adult role model. Contact Pathway to Services at 301-354-4908 for more information about programs for children of incarcerated parents in Montgomery County. FYI

“White House, OJJDP Hold Listening Session on Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents”: A session was held to discuss mentoring strategies and honor 12 “Champions of Change” for their work with children of incarcerated parents.

Community Bridges Girls Program encourages at-risk girls to work with mentors to develop confidence, healthy relationships, and leadership skills. Call 301-585-7155 to learn more or to get involved.

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