Understanding American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs

Understanding American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs: The Potential of Existing Data

This report describes preliminary work in support of an early childhood needs assessment for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children prenatal to age five. The report uses existing data to describe the population of AI/AN children and families and their participation in early childhood services.

*Listen to and Download PDF of report here

Renewable Energy Education Workshop

Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom

Monday, August 14

Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Custer

This workshop will offer renewable energy hands-on activities and classroom-based applications to help teachers analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance their students’ understanding of renewable energy. Activities include building a solar race car, siting a solar system, and building a shoebox solar cooker. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Supplement designed for teachers to use in their classrooms.

 

Registration Deadline: August 7

Facilitator: Sara Windjue

For more information, contact Jamie Mollica at jmollica@uwsp.edu

 

Register Today!

 

APPLY NOW: EvalYouth International Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Evaluators

INTERNATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM for Young and Emerging Evaluators
Or through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ybcgqj74

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

15 AUGUST 2017

·         Are you a young and/or emerging evaluator, seeking to establish and enhance you career in the field of evaluation?

·         Are you finding it difficult to advance your career due to limited professional development opportunities?

·         Are you looking for an experienced evaluation mentor(from your country/region or other countries/regions) to support, coach and guide you in your evaluation career enhancement effort?

·         Are your financial means limited and impeding you from realizing your professional development objectives to enroll in available professional development opportunities?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then

EvalYouth Mentoring Program is just for you!

As young professionals, our career needs are sometimes demanding and it may be challenging to find the right guidance to create a successful career. Although there are many excellent evaluation mentors around the world, getting matched to one of these career builders may be challenging. Location, language, financial resources, etc. can be common barriers for young and emerging evaluators (YEEs).

A recent survey EvalYouth conducted, showed that 90% of responding YEEs believe that a global evaluation mentoring program is highly relevant and greatly needed. EvalYouth, through its mentoring program, supported by EvalPartners, fills this gap and provides opportunities for highly motivated YEEs to connect with more experienced evaluation professionals for a 6 to 12 month mentoring program.

EvalYouth mentoring program targets YEEs across all countries and regions around the world. We are looking for YEEs who demonstrate commitment to the evaluation profession, and are looking to commit their time and effort to the advancement of their career.

Important information about the Program:

·         Mentoring is for 6 to 12 months;

·         Mentee should be maximum 35 years old

·         Mentee should have no more than 5 years of experience in the evaluation profession

·         Mentee should have working knowledge of English

To get in touch:

·         For more information, visit our website:https://evalpartners.org/evalyouth

·         For further questions or clarifications, send us an e-mail:evalyouth@gmail.com

·         Follow EvalYouth on social media: Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, and YouTube

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 AUGUST 2017

Suicide Prevention Training in Wausau

Prevent Suicide Conference to take place at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau, Wisconsin September 21-24, 2017.

Funding opportunity from the Office of Minority Health

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiatives

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement to reduce the impact of significant health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations by implementing evidence-based strategies. The program aims to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, and serious mental health disorders. OMH expects to fund as many as 16 cooperative agreements with up to $350,000 per year for up to three years.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017 

Using a Trauma-Informed Approach for Evaluation

Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation Web Event Training Series will host Using a Trauma-Informed Approach for Evaluation on Thursday, August 3, at 1 p.m. ET. Presenters will discuss trauma issues in evaluation from the perspective of youth and families from whom data is collected. This webinar will also identify techniques for data collection that use a trauma-informed approach.

Youth Empowerment Part 2: Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Youth Empowerment Part 2: Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Times:

11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Arizona
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern

The SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center will join the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class for a series of three webinars focusing on youth empowerment in Indian Country.

In Part 2 we welcome Faith Holyan, a 16-year-old member of the Navajo Nation. After losing a close friend to suicide, Faith started #codepurple—a social media-based suicide prevention campaign—to connect peers going through difficult times with friends and loved ones. As a former World Champion in the Indian National Finals Rodeo circuit, Faith uses her title and recognition to advocate for youth suicide prevention and mental health awareness. She also hosts local community events for her peers that serve as safe spaces for discussing mental health-related issues.

Register for the webinar. You will receive a confirmation email. On the day of the webinar, use the link provided in your registration confirmation email. Please join 15 minutes prior to the webinar.

Webinar: Promoting Child Well-Being by Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Promoting Child Well-Being by Using Machine Learning Algorithms
Friday, July 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Join Community Science and our expert panel for a 90-minute webinar on how the tools of the big data world – specifically, machine learning algorithms – are being trained to apply the scientific method in order to improve child welfare outcomes. Learn from a panel of child welfare leaders about how organizations like Casey Family Programs, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and First Place for Youth are using their administrative datasets and machine learning algorithms to:
. Predict the likelihood of positive outcomes for each child;
. Determine what combination of available interventions, settings, and conditions will work best for each case;
. Rigorously evaluate the success of interventions, in real time; and
. Design provider-friendly software applications that everyone can use to make better decisions.

This webinar will introduce participants to concepts like big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning algorithms. Participants will learn about a new “hybrid” data modeling technique that “mashes” – brings together – the data science world’s machine learning algorithms with the social science world’s scientific method in order to improve child welfare planning, learning and evaluation; we call this data modeling technique, “SIMPLE Insights for Action,” where SIMPLE is an acronym for Social Impact Modeling for Planning, Learning and Evaluation. During this webinar, a panel of leaders will share about their machine learning projects, including their organization’s motivation for their project; what they learned from the process; and how they are applying the lessons, models and insights to their work. This webinar will also address the equity, community development, and system reform implications of using machine learning algorithms.

Webinar Panelists
. Ira Schwartz, MSW, Adjunct Professor, Barry University, co-lead on Broward Sheriff’s Office Project
. Stephen Shimshock, PhD, Director, Systems, Data & Reporting, Casey Family Programs
. Erika Van Buren, PhD, Vice President, Evaluation & Learning, First Place for Youth
. David M. Chavis, PhD, CEO & Principal Associate, Community Science

Webinar Leader
Peter York, MSSA, Principal Associate, Community Science

REGISTRATION:
Go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4137644058246790402

Funding Opportunity!

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Application Deadline: July 10, 2017

URLhttps://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CU-1230

Funding for collaborative regional partnerships that provide activities and services designed to increase the well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children and families experiencing substance use disorders in American Indian/Alaska native communities. Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For programmatic or technical questions: Jean Blankenship, jean.blankenship@acf.hhs.gov

For grants management or budget questions: Bridget Shea Westfall, bridget.sheawestfall@acf.hhs.gov

A Note from Michael J. Lawler, MSW, PhD

Review Article Opportunity from CYF and APA

I am writing to inform you about an opportunity to contribute a brief review article to CYF NEWS, a bi-annual newsletter produced by the Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF), which is a standing committee of the American Psychological Association (APA). I will be serving as a guest editor of the special issue, which will focus on the Well-being of American Indian Children, Families, and Communities. The special issue will review programs and practices that address the social, emotional, spiritual, and health needs of American Indian children, families, and communities.

CYF NEWS is a widely disseminated newsletter (here is a link to past issues of CYF news: http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/newsletter/issues.aspx). The audience includes academic researchers, clinical practitioners, policy makers, funding agency representatives, federal lobbyists at APA, and representatives at NIJ, OJJDP, NSF, and NICHD. All have interest in child, youth, and/or family topics and issues in the field. Thus, CYF NEWS contributions have the potential to shape dialogue, policy, and possible future funding directions that can affect the lives of children, youth, and families. It is imperative that contributions to CYF NEWS are well-grounded in scientific research and evidence-based findings.

Details and submission requirements are as follows:

1. Submissions are limited to 1500 words. This word limit does NOT include references or brief author bios, and amounts to about 6 pages.
2. The deadline for submission is August 10th, 2017
3. Co-authors are welcome (including graduate and postdoctoral students)
4. Pictures and brief bios are published with the articles and are due shortly after articles are submitted
5. CYF NEWS is not a peer reviewed journal. I will serve as the guest editor, and will solicit help reviewing contributions as needed
6. The issue will be published in October 2017

  1. Between 3-4 contributions will be included

    If you would like to submit an article, please contact me. We can discuss your proposed submission to ensure it will be tailored appropriately and in the most effective manner possible. I can be reached at michael.lawler@usd.edu