2016 Request for Proposals Youth Service Commission and Juvenile Detention Alternative Innovation

Applications will be accepted from eligible organizations interested in applying for 2016 Camden County Youth Service Commission Funds and 2016 Juvenile Detention Alternative Innovation  to provide services that will improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Camden County.  A Community Review Process administered by CPAC:  The Community Planning & Advocacy Council will evaluate proposals and make recommendations to the Camden County Board of Freeholders on the allocation of these funds. The following services are requested:
PROGRAMS
Delinquency Prevention
Gender Specific Services                                                      
After-school/Weekend/Summer Services
Diversion
Arson Diversion/ Anger Management
After-school/Weekend/Summer Services
Gender Specific Seminars                                                      
FCIU
 
Detention
Evening/Weekend Reporting Center
 
Dispositional Options
Employment/Apprentice Job Readiness Services
Intensive Supervision/In-Home Services w/ Specialized Clinical Therapuetic Services-MST
Treatment for Out-patient Juvenile Sex Offender Services 
Gender Specific Services  
Re-Entry
Leadership/Engagement Life Skills Services                                                     
Transitional Support Services                                                   
 
Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative
Detention Alternative Plus Program
 
 
Pre-bid Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at CPAC in Conference Room A, at which time questions concerning the RFP will be answered. Please see link for RFP and attachments 2016 YSC/JDAI RFP 
 
Proposals are due no later than 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at CPAC.  A time/date stamped receipt will be supplied.
 

Raising of America Viewing

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The Raising of America event took place on June 29, 2015 at 12:00 noon. It was an event that brought together two dozen advocates that consists of: Parents, Educators, Community Based Organizations (CBO’s)  for one cause” CHILDREN.”  It took place at the CK Café, 1506 Federal Street Camden NJ 08105 in partnership with the Camden County Council for Young Children (CCCYC) and The Camden County Department of Children’s Services.

The purpose of this event was to promote early childhood success through recognition that a child’s development begins from the moment of conception, and that learning continues throughout the child’s life.   Camden  County Freeholder Liaison Carmen Rodriguez, who is also an educator and co-chair of the Camden County Covenant for Children Youth and Families set the tone, emphasizing how important it is to invest early in our children from conception through the formative years.

Sister Donna engaged our participants in a dialogue of their impression of “Raising of America,” and with enthusiasm and commitment the group signed ‘The Pledge’ to support efforts to build positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children the opportunity to succeed in life.”

There were speakers from Advocates for Children of New Jersey, (ACNJ) Reginald Dorsey; Camden County Department for Children, Sister Donna Minster; and The Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC), Diana Cooper, President/CEO.

Mr. Dorsey spoke about the NJ Kids Count data and shared some astonishing statistics of minority children living in poverty.  He shared data highlighting areas of improvement, however emphasized that there was much work still to be done.

The CCCYC will continue to meet to address questions such as:  What can we do to change the statistics? How can we use the data to bring about change?

Sister Donna reviewed accessibility, affordability and quality of child care in Camden County and that proposed changes will enhance the process to make it more “family friendly.”  She shared how all parents are concerned about quality child care regardless of race, income or circumstances.  All parents want to make sure that their children are cared for by qualified and competent providers.  By supporting the proposed increase of the reimbursement rate for providers and the finger printing bill of the Family child care providers, we are helping to insure that our children are in quality programs that support their age appropriate development.

Diana Cooper, President/CEO of CPAC gave a brief overview of the Covenant for Children, Youth and Families focus areas: Early Childhood Success, Positive Youth Development, and Strong Transition to Adulthood and Strong Families Strong Communities. She shared the brainstorm from the Early Childhood Success Leadership and the CCCYC to promote the Parents Anonymous, NJ 1-800-THE-KIDS number as a resource for families with children that may witness trauma during the formative years. Representatives from the Camden County Metro were invited and in attendance and were asked to “Consider the Child” that may have an adverse childhood experience (ACE Study) when responding to calls of a traumatic nature. All attendees were presented with a Button that simply read “Consider the Child” 1-800-THE-KIDS. Among the Attendees were: Family Success Institute; JANUS Solutions; Hispanic Family Center; Saving Grace; Head Start; CPAC Board Member; Parents Anonymous NJ; Zion House; Caress Embracement Foundation; and the Director of the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services.

Funders: Nicholson Foundation and State of New Jersey Department of Children & Families

July 2015 Activities

SSD SunPlease see attached the 2015 Camden City Mayor’s Youth Council schedule of events for July.

Mayor’s Youth Council July Schedule

Re-Issued 2015 New Application NOFA for the SNJCoC

picturePlease see attached Re-Issued 2015 New Application NOFA for the SNJCoC

Click Here for NOFA

Re-Issued 2015 SNJCoC New Project App

2015 Camden County Family Fun Fair A Resounding Success

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On April 9, 2015, the Camden County Family Fun Fair was held at Campbell’s Field Concourse in Camden, NJ.  Despite the chilly weather during this Strengthening Families Month event the concourse was filled with joyous conversations, lots of laughter, and even some dancing. Families and individuals had the opportunity to make connections with over fifty-four (54) programs!

Everyone received a free ticket to a future Riversharks game; free lunch and other great giveaways. Over twenty (20) family goodies and food baskets were given away. Finley, the Riversharks mascot and Franklin, the 76ers mascot brought smiles to everyone’s face as they mingled throughout the crowd.   There were face painters, a balloon artist, a DJ, and even a treasure hunt.  Bean bag tosses, prize wheels, crafts and many more activities at exhibitor tables and mobile units!

The Camden County Family Fun Fair was sponsored by the Network of Family Success Centers in partnership with NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Community Planning & Advocacy Council (CPAC), Campbell’s Field, Camden City School Based Youth Services, Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP), the Camden County Covenant for Children, Youth and Families and the awesome exhibitor agencies.

Thank you to everyone that took part in the 2015 Camden County Family Fun Fair.

Covenant for Children Youth and Families

Camden County Family Success Center contact information

Camden County Family Fun Fair Exhibitors

Parents Recognized for their Leadership

Leadership ImageDuring February, throughout the nation, parents who have made children and families a priority in their lives are honored.  In New Jersey, we celebrate Parent Leaders at our Annual Parent Leadership Breakfasts in the Northern and Southern regions.  The Camden County Freeholders in partnership with the Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC) and the Camden County Covenant for Children Youth & Families cosponsored the sixth annual Parent Leadership Breakfast in the Southern region  with Parents Anonymous.  The event took place on February 7, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry, Hill New Jersey.

During the breakfast two parent leaders were recognized with awards:

The Jolly K Award recognizes someone who exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Parents Anonymous founder, Jolly K. through parent leadership, mutual support, shared leadership, and personal growth and who has made significant contributions at the local, state or national level. This awardee demonstrates a commitment to self‐help and the belief that parents are the experts in their own lives. Karen Kaplan  of the Mercer County Family Support Organization was the 2015 Jolly K award recipient. Ms. Kaplan has been the Parents Anonymous Group Leader for five years and exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Parents Anonymous. Ms. Kaplan has never once given up on the power of parents sharing their journeys together.  She also serves on the Family Support Origination, Family Advisory Committee, the Perform Care Stakeholders Group and has served for 5 years as the President of the Board of Directors of the Family Support Organization. Ms. Kaplan is recognized for her advocacy for parents and her tenacity to change systems to be more inclusive of parents;  because of her actions as a role model, the next generation is paying it forward.

The Parent Champion Award recognizes a professional, staff member, board member or other individual who has participated in the success of others as parent leaders. Darnell Shakes from Center for Family Services Head Start was the 2015 Parent Champion Awardee. Through his wisdom, integrity, dedication, and knowledge Mr. Shakes attended various meetings  and shared important information to parents that they not be aware. Mr. Shakes  exemplifies and embodies the principles of Parents Anonymous.  He is a dedicated father who is passionate about his family, fatherhood and family unity. Mr. Shakes has served in numerous leadership positions that have had an effect on more than 1,000 families including; Founding Policy Council member and Vice-Chair for the Center for Family Services, Head Start Center President, Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center Parent Leaders,  Head Start Advisory Secretary,  Community Parent Advisory Board Representative, Past President of the Katz Academy, Parent Committee and creator of the Head Start Fathers March.  Due to Mr. Shakes involvement and dedication, male involvement in the Center for Family Services Head Start program has increased.  He has gone above and beyond to ensure that his children along with other children in and around the community have a wonderful educational experience.

Please enjoy the photo gallery from the 2015 Parent Leadership Breakfast!

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2015 Family Fun Day

smile1Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP) event. This year the Camden County Network of Family Success Centers have joined together to sponsor the Camden County Family Fun Fair event on April 9, 2015 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Campbell’s Field Concourse.  We invite you to be part of this exciting free event.

Please click below for the flyer.

2015 Family Fun Day

 

2015 CIACC Meeting Schedule

cpac logoPlease click here —> CIACC Meeting Schedule

Message from NASW-NJ Associate Executive Director Mary Jean Weston

NASW-NJ Shares Safety Guidelines Following Attack on Social Worker in Camden

On Monday, Leah R. Coleman, 29, a caseworker with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was stabbed repeatedly at her workplace in Camden. At this time, Coleman has undergone surgery and remains in the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her for a full recovery from this brutal attack.

Social workers provide services in an increasingly complex, dynamic social environment and have a broadening client base. These social and economic changes have created pressures in social work practice settings that work to meet the needs of people desperate for help.

NASW has established Safety Guidelines for the profession that may be a helpful resource to communities; private and public agencies; and local, state, and federal policymakers invested in creating a safer work environment for social workers. We also encourage and promote ongoing safety training for social workers.

While social workers are at an increased risk for workplace violence than the general public, it must be remembered that most of the people they serve, including those with mental health concerns, are not violent. In fact, they are more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrators of it. What is clear, however, is that the social work profession must continue to press for safeguards against potential violence, and an increased public awareness of the vital work social workers do for the most vulnerable in our society.

Mary Jean Weston
NASW-NJ Associate Executive Director

Camden County Youth Service Commission Data

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The Camden County Youth Service Commission is pleased to share updated data on youth in Camden County. Please see the link below. The commission highly suggests to use the data in the 2015 CCYSC/JJC Request for Proposals submissions. If you have any questions please contact Rosy Arroyo, YSC Administrator rarroyo@cpachvi.org.

Camden County Youth Service Commission Data

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