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Job Announcement: LGBTQ Services Navigator

SMYAL is seeking an LGBTQ Services Navigator

Position Description

The LGBTQ Services Navigator will work with staff at the Montgomery County Reengagement / Drop-In Center to engage disconnected youth. The goal of the work will be to identify and build culturally competent resources for youth, to refer youth to the appropriate resources through Case Management, and to develop solutions to gaps in services. The LGBTQ Services Navigator, along with the dedicated Case Managers, provides client centered case management services to address the education, mental health, physical health and permanent living situation through coordinated activities and referrals. The LGBTQ Services Navigator will also consult on the general space and environment for the Reengagement / Drop-In Center, helping to ensure the space is culturally competent towards and inviting to LGBTQ youth. The LGBTQ Services Navigator needs to have vision, drive, and passion as the role will shift with time and needs.

Please see the job description for Primary Duties and Responsibilities, Core Competencies and Qualifications.

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Adalphie Johnson (adalphie.johnson@smyal.org) >

Job Announcement: LGBTQ Services Navigator SMYAL

SMYAL is seeking an LGBTQ Services Navigator

Position Description

The LGBTQ Services Navigator will work with staff at the Montgomery County Reengagement / Drop‐In Center to engage disconnected youth. The goal of the work will be to identify and build culturally competent resources for youth, to refer youth to the appropriate resources through Case Management, and to develop solutions to gaps in services. The LGBTQ Services Navigator, along with the dedicated Case Managers, provides client centered case management services to address the education, mental health, physical health and permanent living situation through coordinated activities and referrals. The LGBTQ Services Navigator will also consult on the general space and environment for the Reengagement / Drop‐In Center, helping to ensure the space is culturally competent towards and inviting to LGBTQ youth. The LGBTQ Services Navigator needs to have vision, drive, and passion as the role will shift with time andneeds.

Please see the job description for Primary Duties and Responsibilities, Core Competencies and Qualifications.

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.

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) Resource Guide

The Victim Services Subcommittee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) has compiled a resource directory to assist state agencies, providers, and members of the public in serving victims of trafficking. The following directory is a list of organizations and agencies that are actively involved in either victim services or public awareness activities to address human trafficking in Maryland. For more information on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force please visit: www.mdhumantrafficking.org

 

Follow this link for the Guide

Support Students From Immigrant Families

For many students from immigrant families, the shifts in immigration policy over the past month have been much more than a series of news stories; these students are dealing with tangible anxiety. Not only are teachers tasked with responding to students’ fears and providing the support they need, but also they’re working to address the facts and field students’ questions about the rapidly shifting policies.

The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has put together a package of resources to help you navigate this topic in your classroom and at your school.

  Here are just a few of the resources you’ll find:

  • A printable poster to let students know they’re welcome at your school
  • A helpful guide for supporting children from immigrant and refugee families
  • Lessons for teaching a variety of immigration topic

Responding to Hate and Bias at School

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, has developed a Guide for Responding to Hate and Bias at School. The guides is divided into three sections:
  • Before a Crisis Occurs. How can you and other school leaders assess your school’s climate with an eye toward defusing tension, preventing escalation and avoiding problems?
  • When There’s a Crisis. What are the nine key points to consider when responding to a crisis that has been triggered by a bias incident at your school?
  • After the Worst is Over. How can you address long-term planning and capacity building for the future, including development of social emotional skills?

Montgomery County Public Libraries Enroll First Students in Career Online High School Diploma Program

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, joined by Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) Director Parker Hamilton and Karen Radulovich from Gale Cengage Learning officially recognize the first enrollees in MCPL’s recently-launched Career Online High School Diploma. MCPL is the first library system in Maryland to launch the Career Online High School, which is the world’s first accredited, private online school district. This past June MCPL began accepting applications for the program. Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce. Currently, more than 60,000 adults over the age of 25 in Montgomery County lack a high school degree or equivalent. There are five candidates officially enrolled in the program. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students have 18 months to complete the program; however, by transferring in previously earned high school credits, students may complete the program in as little as six months. More information about Career Online High School by calling Adrienne Van Lare at 240-777-0036 or email at mcpl.cohs@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Youth First Initiative Poll Shows that Americans Favor Rehabilitation Over Incarceration for Youth

A study conducted in January 2016 through the Youth First Initiative surveyed 1000 Americans in 50 states, finding that most Americans want less incarceration for youth and more prevention and rehabilitation instead. 67% of the survey participants ages 18-29 thought that youth prisons should be closed, and the funds should be redirected to community based preventative programs. Similarly, 83% of all survey participants agreed that financial incentives should be provided to states and programs that offered alternatives to incarceration, like job training, education, and rehabilitation. 70% of all survey participants believed that states must take an active role in reducing racial and ethnic inequities within the juvenile justice system. Overall, the majority of Americans want to see fewer youth involved in the prison system. To learn more about the work Youth First is doing, visit https://www.youthfirstinitiative.org/. FYI: Programs in our Community Project Youth ArtReach provides art programs to juvenile offenders in correctional facilities, rehabilitation, or probation to enhance their cognitive and social development as well as teaching tolerance, respect for others, and problem solving.
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