Adverse Childhood Experiences training open to adolescent-serving agencies

Apr 1, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

A training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is available to adolescent-serving agencies on Wednesday, April 15 from 9am-11pm at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.

Space is limited. Register here.

Child abuse, sexual abuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, suicide, etc. are traumatic stressors known as Adverse Childhood Experiences. ACE can cause traumatic stress that will affect every aspect of a child’s life and development.

The training will provide:

  1. An overview of the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) that impact young people.
  2. The signs and symptoms for child abuse / neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault, mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuses.
  3. Community resources and best practices on how to make referrals for youth who are experiencing ACE.

This program is supported in part by the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition with funding from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau under the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) (Grant No. 90AK0011-01-00). The training will be conducted by the JCC in conjunction with the Healthy Start Coalition and Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network  (JASMYN).

Essentials for Childhood webinar

Mar 25, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

A five-part webinar series on the framework for the prevention of child maltreatment, entitled “Essentials for Childhood,” will begin April 1 at 3 pm. Register here for the free event.

Essentials for Childhood: Assuring Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments for All Children is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s framework for preventing child maltreatment before it starts.

This webinar will review CDC’s Essentials for Childhood initiative, share Essentials for Childhood resource materials and CDC’s work to disseminate them, and demonstrate through examples from several participating states how state health departments can use Essentials in their work to achieve collective impact for promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and preventing child maltreatment.

NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force 2014-15 Mini-grant applications due May 1

Mar 4, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Plan CoverThe Coalition is seeking qualified providers in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties to implement specific strategies outlined in the NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force community action plan to reduce teen pregnancy and births in Northeast Florida.

The Coalition has received funding from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and Florida Blue to offer the mini-grant program. Grantees are required to address strategies in the action plan. Collaboration between agencies is encouraged. In this yearly cycle, additional areas of interest include:

  • Male responsibility
  • Reducing STDs and HIV/AIDS
  • Incarcerated youth
  • Parent involvement
  • Public Policy (education, advocacy)

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is open to all qualified providers, including public, non-profit and for-profit organizations. All applications must be completed online and are due by 5pm on May 1.

A technical assistance conference call will be held March 12th at 3 pm. Questions regarding the RFP will be answered on the call. Please see the full RFP for more details.

Click here to access the online application.

Youth Development and Sexuality Education training to be held March 28

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A free training on Youth Development and Sexuality Education will be held on Friday, March 28 from 9am-11am at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.

Register now. Seating is limited.

This workshop will provide a basic framework of adolescent development, and how to strengthen comprehensive sexuality education programs with a youth development focus.  Participants will discuss best practices youth workers need to know about adolescent development to teach developmentally appropriate sexuality education.

Participants will also learn:

  • About the different developmental stages and guidelines that apply to most young people in each age group
  • Best practices for families and youth workers in teaching and supporting sexually healthy adolescents
  • LGBTQ inclusive practices when talking about sexuality and safe sex education with adolescents

The training will be facilitated by Dr. Erin Richman, a Professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville, with an appointment in Psychology. Professor Richman is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and was a Junior Scholar for the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD).

As a developmental psychologist, her area of expertise focuses on the development of self-concept and well-being in children and adolescents. She received her BA in Psychology in 1993 from the University of Central Florida and her Doctorate and Masters degrees also in Psychology from The University of Georgia in 2001 and 1997, respectively. She has been a faculty member at the University of North Florida and at Agnes Scott College

This program is supported in part by the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition with funding from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau under the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) (Grant No. 90AK0011-01-00). The training is organized by the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN).

Peer education and preconception health: Every Woman Southeast to host webinar

Feb 14, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

EWSEA free webinar is available February 26 from 12 to 1 pm on utilizing peer educators to promote preconception health and reproductive life planning among young adults. The webinar is hosted by Every Woman Southeast, a collaboration of agencies in the region focused on improving maternal and child health.

Click here for more information.

The speakers will be:

  • Teddy Owusu, Coordinator, Preconception Peer Educator Program, Office of Minority Health Resource Center, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Shinel Stephens, Professor, Dept. of Nursing, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
  • Natasha Hall, Professor, Dept. of Nursing, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
  • Jameela Afi-Leigh, Program Director, Family Planning Services, Duval County Health Department, Jacksonville, FL