Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Katz-Ward Scholarship Fund

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Open positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters


Free autism series for parents!

SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefit Information

LIHEAP application deadline has been extended by two weeks

Getting LIHEAP in Delaware County

LIHEAP is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  This program helps
low-income families pay their heating bills. 
To receive help:
  • You don’t need to be on welfare
  • You don’t need to have an unpaid heating bill(your heat can still be on)
  • You can either rent or own your home
LIHEAP is taking (new) applications for its cash and weatherization grants beginning November 4, 2013 and for crisis grants beginning January 2, 2014
*If you are without heat before January 2nd and a cash grant alone is insufficient to restore your heat you may apply for a “Crisis Exception Payment”
If you received LIHEAP last year you must reapply this year
There are three parts of LIHEAP.  You can get all three.
1.     Cash grants.  These grants are to help with your heating bill; the minimum cash grant will be $100 and the maximum grant $1000.
2.     Crisis grants.  These grants are up to $500 and given to families who have an emergency and are in danger of being without heat. The minimum crisis grant is $25.
3.     Weatherization grants.  These grants help families insulate their houses and repair or replace heating systems to save money on heating. 

To apply for a Cash or Crisis grant, go to the Delaware County Assistance Office (CAO), 701 Crosby Street in Chester or apply on-line at
It usually takes 45 days to process an application for a Cash grant.
You are eligible for the Cash or Crisis grants if your yearly income before taxes is less than
Household Size
Yearly Income
Each additional person add
        $  6,030

*these income limits are slightly higher than the income limits of last year’s program

still some households receiving LIHEAP last year may be determined income ineligible this year.


To apply for a Crisis grant or to make an inquiry about the status of your LIHEAP application, call 1-866-857-7095


If you need legal assistance, please call
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania at 1-877-429-5994 (toll-free

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Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated.
Common causes of dehydration include vigorous exercise, especially in hot weather; intense diarrhea; vomiting; fever or excessive sweating. Not drinking enough water during exercise or in hot weather even if you're not exercising also may cause dehydration. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.
You can usually reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, but severe dehydration needs immediate medical treatment. The safest approach is preventing dehydration in the first place. Keep an eye on how much fluid you lose during hot weather, illness or exercise, and drink enough liquids to replace what you've lost.

FREE After-scho​ol, Weekend and Summer Film-Makin​g Workshop for Youth Grades 8-12

Documentary History Project for Youth

Scribe seeks Student-Workers for 2014 Documentary History Project for Youth!
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 5PM

The Documentary History Project for Youth is an after-school, weekend and summertime production workshop for middle and high school students. Up to 12 young people explore an aspect of the political, social or cultural history of Philadelphia by creating short video documentaries, audio works or websites. Students gain solid skills in media production - including planning, scripting, camera & sound recording, editing, and exposure to varied media production softwares – FinalCutPro, AfterEffects, HTML and Audacity. The Documentary History Project for Youth program also helps young people learn about the process of studying and presenting history, teaching the skills of archive research, field interviews, data collection and analysis, constructing narratives and fact checking.
The 2014 documentary projects will look at 'Philly Poets' – writers, preachers, spoken word artists, rappers, song writers – and document histories of poetry and poets in Philadelphia.
Youth enrolled in grades 8 – 12. No prior video making experience is necessary.
Interested applicants must be willing to commit to 6 hours of work during the school year and up to 12 hours per week in the summer. Participants are paid an honorarium for their participation.
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION: Scroll down to bottom of this page, click on the link to the attachment named "DHPY2014APP.pdf".

Free Workshops for Parents with Mental Health Challenges

Dear Colleagues,

Kindly share these two free program announcements with your networks and if possible, please post the Flyer where it can be seen by potential participants.

Mental Health Workshop & Support Group for Parents

The Parenting with a Mental Illness Workshop (PMI) is back and better than ever. As always, it is free of charge for parents who have a psychiatric disability and who are raising children age twelve and older.
PMI helps parents rebuild relationships with their children that have been damaged by the effects of the parent’s mental illness in ways that foster trust and promote resiliency. The all-new curriculum promises to be highly interactive, educational, and fun. Classes are facilitated by trained peer specialists who create a warm, safe, and inviting environment for parents to share experiences and feel connected.

A copy of the workshop flyer can be downloaded here PMI Workshop Flyer. To learn more, please visit us online
Your support, the support of the community,The Independence Blue Cross Foundation, and theTemple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion makes this all possible. We thank you!
Online Support Group for Parents with Mental Health Challenges
Copyright © 2014 Child and Family Connections, Inc., All rights reserved. As part of the behavioral health and nonprofit community, we occasionally share program announcements as a way to spread the word about free services for people receiving services. We hope you'll share this with your networks.
Our mailing address is:
Child and Family Connections, Inc.
1512 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Suite 815
Philadelphia,PA 19102

Paid Research Opportunit​y for People with Diabetes in Philadelph​ia Area

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Below is a list of Paid Research - Please feel free to pass this along to Family and Friends...

Philadelphia, PA (Logan Square) - March 31 - April 2nd - Diabetics - $150.00 - 2hours 15 mins - Many times available - Fill out the form to be considered

10 Money Conversati​ons You Must Have With Your Family

by Ashley Jacobs Posted: 26 Mar 2014 03:48 AM PDT
Discussing finances with your family can be difficult. Many of us associate feelings of shame or guilt with money — or in some cases, we were raised thinking that we shouldn’t share details of our financial lives at all. But having open, reasonable discussions about money is one of the most important things a family can do.
Not sure what money conversations you should be having with your family? Here are 10 to get you started.
1. The Budget Conversation
Every month, sit down with your spouse, evaluate your budget, and consider whether any updates need to be made. Has your income increased or decreased? Have your expenses gone up, or have you been able to lower them? Are you spending more than you earn and need to cut back? Discuss and adjust accordingly. If you have kids, it can be good to include them in this conversation, so they understand how budgeting works.
2. The Saving Conversation
Once you’ve looked over your budget, spend some time with your spouse and kids identifying ways to save more. Brainstorm ways you all can cut costs, such as using coupons at the grocery store, replacing cable with a basic Netflix or Hulu subscription, switching to energy efficient appliances, or using Skype Credit to make calls to mobile and landline phones at low rates. Include your kids in the conversation and make saving money into a game. Write down all their ideas, post the list on the refrigerator, and tally up how much money they’ve saved the family each month. Put a gold star next to the best money-saving ideas on the list. Set savings goals for the family and celebrate reaching those goals with an ice cream party at the end of the year!
3. The Financial Emergency Conversation
Are you able to foot the mechanic bill if your car breaks down? What happens if you or your spouse become unemployed? Emergencies happen, and it is vital to have the funds to be able to pay for them — otherwise these emergencies could throw you deep into debt. Discuss whether or not you have enough savings to cover expenses that could arise if a financial emergency came up. Ideally, you should have enough saved to cover three months’ worth of expenses, but aim for six months or more if possible.
4. The Retirement Conversation
Retirement may feel like a long way off, but it is essential to start preparing for it now for one reason: compound interest. With compound interest, the interest from your initial investment earns interest, and so on, which means that the sooner you start saving, the more money you will have when you finally retire. Also discuss with your spouse what your ideal retirement looks like. How much money do you think you’ll need? Where will you want to live? What sort of lifestyle do you want to have? Make sure you are both on the same page and working towards the same goals.

5. The College Conversation
If you have kids, you should start thinking about how (or if) you will foot some or all of the bill for them to go to college. If you do want to pay for their college education, consider opening a 529 plan or another savings account for them early. Another way to help save money for college is to encourage family members to contribute to savings accounts for your child as opposed to giving physical gifts when your kids are young and don’t grasp birthdays or holidays.
Also, if your child is in high school, include him or her in your college planning discussions. Encourage him or her to join clubs or sports teams and get the best grades possible to increase his or her chances of getting a scholarship.
6. The Goals Conversation
Have you and your spouse talked about if you want to buy a house? What about a new car? Do you both want to travel to a foreign country? It is important to identify shared financial goals with your spouse and talk about how you plan on achieving those goals. If you have kids, include them in the discussion when it comes to the fun goals, such as going on a trip. By including them in these conversations, you can teach your kids how to set goals and create a process to achieving them.
7. The Debt Conversation
If you are in debt, make sure you and your spouse have a solid plan for how to become debt-free. Write down all the debts you have and share them, so you both are aware of what needs to be paid off. Check in with each other monthly to see how you are progressing towards eliminating your debt, and discuss ways you can reduce debt faster, such as taking on an extra job or cutting back on spending.
8. The Credit Score Conversation
Good credit is important, especially if your family is thinking about buying a house. The better your credit score, the lower the interest rate on your mortgage. When you talk to your partner about credit scores, be 100% transparent about your credit history. If one of you has bad credit, identify ways to improve your credit scores together.
Also, make sure to check your credit report regularly. There are three major credit reporting bureaus, and you can get one report free from each once a year — which means you can check your credit report for free once every four months. Go through your reports together, and make sure there are no errors.
9. The Insurance Conversation
Take a look with your spouse at life insurance, health insurance, auto insurance, homeowner or renter’s insurance, and any other policies you have. Make sure your coverage encompasses everything you need, and that you are getting the best rates you can.
10. The Death Conversation
This is a difficult conversation to have, but it’s an important one — it determines how your family will be cared for and protected if the worst happens to you. If you both pass away, who will take care of the kids? Who will make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions on your own? Making both a regular will and a living will should be part of this process.
What money conversations do you think families should have? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section!

Applicatio​ns for Youth Justice Leadership Institute Being Accepted

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Youth Justice Leadership Institute - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is the Youth Justice Leadership Institute?

The Institute is a project of the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN). It’s a year-long leadership development program for juvenile justice reform advocates, during which Institute fellows participate in distance learning activities from their home locations, attend two in-person training sessions (approximately three-and-a-half days during the work week in both September and March), and complete an advocacy or organizing project.

2. Who is eligible to participate?

Each participant will be an emerging professional of color residing in the continental United States who has demonstrated a commitment to the youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. These professionals may also be family members of system involved youth and/or someone who has had first-hand experience with the juvenile justice system.

3. What mentoring will I receive during the Institute?

NJJN will recruit and match you with a primary mentor. With the support and encouragement of NJJN staff, you will need to secure at least one auxiliary mentor.

Mentors will provide context and support for learning activities; offer strategic advice related to your advocacy project; connect you to current leaders in the field, help relate your work and goals to your specific community and state systems; and give general guidance.

4. What is required of successful applicants?

The successful applicant in 2014 must:
  • be an emerging professional of color
  • be affiliated with an organization serving or advocating for those directly affected by the juvenile justice system;
  • be able to demonstrate involvement in reform activities;
  • have a desire to lead efforts to reform/transform the juvenile justice system;
  • have access to basic technology;
  • have demonstrated leadership abilities;
  • reside in the continental United States
  • be willing and able to commit to the full year of the Institute and all related activities;
  • be able to devote time to an advocacy project during the course of the year.
5. Applicants must be “affiliated” with an organization. What does that mean?

This means that you are connected with an organization serving or advocating for those directly affected by the juvenile justice system. This organization will serve as your “home” during the year, providing in-kind support for your involvement. Although often easiest if the organization is also your employer, it does not have to be.

Examples of in-kind support may include work space, access to technology and office equipment, access to staff or volunteer development resources, and provision of information on reform efforts.
To complete your application, you will need to ask a representative of the affiliating organization to fill out and submit the Organizational Affiliation Form, which is part of the application packet, and can be downloaded from This form must be signed by the organization’s Executive Director or CEO.
6. What is required for the advocacy project?

The advocacy project provides an opportunity for each fellow to utilize the knowledge and skills they attain through the Institute in on-the-ground action. The actual project can take many forms. It can be one in which you are currently engaged or be newly-developed; it can be on a large or small scale, oriented around process (i.e. forming a coalition) or outcome (i.e. passage of legislation), etc. Within the context of the Institute, advocacy is distinct from service provision and program offerings for individual youth or families. The Institute’s emphasis is on efforts that will bring positive systemic changes. All projects, however, must be finished by the close of the Institute’s year-long program. Please keep this in mind as you craft your proposal. You will be supported by staff and mentors to ensure your project is completed.
7. What does my advocacy project proposal have to include?

Your proposal should include the project title, intended goal or outcome, discussion of a media strategy, preliminary identification of allies and adversaries, discussion of community engagement, how the work of the project carries forward after the Institute year, and resources needed.

8. What does the Institute cost?

The tuition for the 12-month program is based on a sliding scale. The Institute has a scholarship fund so that lack of funds will never prevent an accepted fellow from participating.
Use the following annual salary guide to determine your tuition amount:
Annual Income
$0 - $30k
$31k - $40k
$41k - $50 k
$51k +
There is no application fee. Travel costs are covered by the Institute.

9. Can I get a scholarship to help pay the tuition?

The Youth Justice Leadership Institute has a generous scholarship policy, and will find funds to cover all accepted applicants who need support.

10. How do I apply?

The application process involves three steps:

a. Fill out an application form, which can be downloaded here. Your responses should be entered directly into the downloaded document, saved and submitted via email to

b. Find two individuals who can speak to your commitment to juvenile justice reform and your leadership qualities. Ask them to fill out a nomination form and e-mail it to

c. Identify the organization with which you will be affiliated, then ask your contact or supervisor to fill out the letter of support form, have the Executive Director or CEO sign, and e-mail it

11. Do I have to work for a member of the National Juvenile Justice Network to apply?


12. Can I self-nominate?

No. You must be nominated by two members of your community who are familiar with your leadership potential, commitment to juvenile justice system reform, and ability to successfully complete the program year.

13. When are applications accepted?

Application materials are made available in February, with a deadline in early April.

14. Who will be chosen?

The top 10 applicants will be selected to be Institute fellows.
15. How will the fellows be chosen?

An applicant review committee, drawn from NJJN members and the Institute’s planning committee and advisory board, will evaluate all applications that pass an initial screening by staff. They will consider applicants’ prior experience, commitment to juvenile justice reform, ability to meet the requirements of the Institute curriculum, and potential for long-term success in the movement and success in the Institute. Semi-finalists will also participate in a 30-minute phone or skype interview.

16. Do I have to commit to the entire program year?


17. Will I be paid for my participation in the Institute?

No. We do not provide direct financial support or payment to fellows.

18. Will I have to travel?

You will be expected to participate in the two in-person sessions scheduled during the project year. This will entail some travel. The Institute will cover all your travel expenses.

19. How are travel arrangements made for the in-person sessions?

Travel arrangements are made by Institute staff, based on your preferences. You must provide your preferences in a timely way, so that airfare can be booked no later than 30 days in advance of the trip. If you do not share your travel preferences within this timeframe, your travel will only be partially subsidized.

20. When does the Institute start?

Activities begin upon acceptance in early June.

21. What is required of the fellows?

If selected, you will be required to undertake the following:
  • complete all tasks assigned prior to the first in-person gathering;
  • carry out your advocacy project;
  • identify at least one auxiliary mentor for your mentor team, and fully engage in these mentoring elationships;
  • attend both in-person sessions;
  • engage actively with and be responsive to Institute staff;
  • participate in or complete approximately 80% of all distance learning activities (i.e. teleconferences, webinars, and group check-in calls); and
  • participate in all evaluation activities.

22. How long would I have to find my mentor?

Ideally, you should have your auxiliary mentor in place by September 1, 2014, or no later than by the time of the first in-person session.

23. Will I have to take time off from my job?

You will have to arrange to be absent from work in order to attend both of the in-person sessions, approximately a total of eight-and-a-half work days. Depending on the project, your advocacy project might also entail some days out of work.

24. When do I need to attend in-person sessions? What other dates should I keep in mind?
Important Dates
April 7, 2014
Application deadline ( must include application form, two nomination forms, and organizational affiliation form)
June 9, 2014
Final acceptance decisions; offers extended to prospective fellows
June 12, 2014
Deadline for acceptance of offers by prospective fellows
September 16-19, 2014
First in-person Institute session
March 2015 (Dates TBD)
Second in-person Institute session
Once monthly from Aug. 2014-June 2015
Contact between Institute fellows and mentors
Monthly from Aug. 2014-June 2015
Group check-in calls
Monthly from Aug. 2014-June 2015
Distance learning activities
July 2015 (Dates TBD)
Alumni participation at the annual forum

25. How can I get more information?

The NJJN website has lots of information. Go to and click the Youth Justice Leadership Institute link under “Our Work.” Also, you can sign up for an information webinar, scheduled for March 12th and 17th. Details will be posted on the website by February 24, 2014.

26. Who can I speak with if I have more questions?

The Institute Coordinator, Diana Onley-Campbell, is happy to answer your questions. Contact her at 202-4`67-0864 x112, or at