“Parenting Teens” for Parents and Teens

“Parenting Teens” for PARENTS & TEENS Addressing issues of School Avoidance, School Conflicts and Truancy   Presenting ways to act through Clear Communication & Support  Saturday,January 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. at Family Directions of Iowa 1211 Vine St., Bldg 1, West Des Moines, Iowa    8:30 a.m.         Check-In 8:45 a.m.         Introductions – Charlene Beattie, Child Abuse Prevention Council Instructor 9:00 a.m.         The Law on Truancy – Christina Gonzalez, Polk County Attorney’s Office 10:00 a.m.       Break 10:15 a.m.       Active Parenting of Teens – Charlene Beattie Parents attend this session 10:15 a.m.       Problem Solving School Avoidance – Lynda O’Meara, Child Abuse Prevention Council Teens attend this session 11:45 a.m.       Lunch Break – Pizza will be provided 12:30 p.m.       Comments from Truancy Court Judge 12:45 p.m.       How to work with your child’s school – Lynda O’Meara 1:45 p.m.         Active Parenting of Teens – Charlene Beattie 1:45 p.m.         Problem Solving School Avoidance – Lynda O’Meara 3:00 p.m.         Break 3:15 p.m.         Communication between parents and teens – Charlene Beattie and Lynda O’Meara 4:00 p.m.         Follow-Up — Dave Dhainin & Jenny Moats, Family Directions 4:30 p.m.         Dismiss – Participants will receive attendance certificates   Please Note:      Parents, if you are required to attend this class as a result of your involvement  in Truancy Court, you are also required to bring your teen with you to the class.  Breakout sessions are provided for teens. This class is sponsored free-of charge by the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Family Directions of Iowa with funding provided by Community Based Child Abuse Prevention. To register:  Call the Child Abuse Prevention Council @ 725-2682 or Family Directions of...

Be a Point of Contact (P.O.C) on your block!

Do you care about your neighborhood and people within it? Does the safety of your community concern you? Does the idea of having a little more fun and a closer-knit block intrigue you?  If you answered yes to these questions, you are the ideal person to be your block Point Of Contact (P.O.C).  Odds are you are already doing much of what a P.O.C does, but deciding to be a P.O.C allows you a little more structure and a wealth of resources to share with your neighbors. As a P.O.C, you are a representative of your block (basically all of the homes you can see from your front yard). You will communicate current events to your neighbors, direct them to the right place for services, and establish bonds on your block that will strengthen the entire community. Every block is different and your block will be what you make of it!  Every P.O.C will be provided with a manual full of useful information and resources or you can download it by clicking Block Manual POC As an extra incentive, the John R. Grubb YMCA is going to sponsor a block party to those block’s that have a P.O.C.  They will provide the  meat, the grill, and the music.  You get your neighbors there! Contact Justen Jones at 471-8686 or Robin Hamel at 280-1674  for more information on how you can be a Point Of Contact If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.  ~Lucy...

Neighborhood Resident Leadership

Rebuilding Together of Des Moines 1111 9th St, Ste. 265 515-284-7403 The Neighborhood Resident Leadership Certificate Program is offered by DMACC. Training is designed to provide residents with the skills, tools, and confidence to effectively network with each other, communicate with government, and become involved in neighborhood and community organizations. The neighborhoods in the Mid City are able to apply for scholarships, provided by Rebuilding Together and Making Connections, that will pay for the classes.To find out if you are eligible, call Rebuilding Together at 515-964-6800 You can take one or two courses or earn a Neighborhood Resident Leadership Certificate by completing all six core leadership courses, plus electives.  Core leadership topics include effective communication, conflict management, and team building. Learn to recruit new members, fundraising, doorknocking, holding better meetings, and a myriad of other...

Iowans for Social and Economic Development

ISED 1111 9th St, Ste. 380 515-283-0940 Email Website Facebook Twitter Iowans for Social & Economic Development (ISED Ventures) partners with community members, agencies, organizations and businesses across Iowa to provide comprehensive asset-building services. Each year, ISED helps hundreds of Iowans to build the foundation toward a stronger, more economically viable future. Whether a person needs help completing tax returns or is interested in learning how to start a successful business, ISED’s knowledgeable staff is here to help. With over two decades of hands-on experience, ISED has the tools and know-how to make hopes into realities, and help people to create assets that will last a lifetime. Programs include: Community Resources Microenterprise Business Assistance Alliance for Business Owners Network Iowa Women’s Enterprise Center Financial Education Savings Programs Job Placement Free Tax...

Polk County Senior Center

Central Polk County Senior Center 2008 Forest Ave. 515-286-3677 Hours: 8a-5p Monday-Friday (Lunch served at 11:30a) Contacts: Sara Baratta and Sam McCrory Neighborhood senior centers offer varied activities and classes on a daily basis. Educational classes, crafts, music, exercise, and games are just some of the activities available. Each center develops their own schedule of activities to match their hours. Of course, you can always just enjoy coffee and conversation with old and new friends. Lunch is served Monday-Friday at 11:30am at the Central location. Seniors must sign up for meals ahead of time to make sure it will be available for them. The most up to date information is available through nutrition education at all centers. Click here for the Senior Center Meal Application Form The 6 senior/community centers, Central, East, South, North, Northwest, and Norwoodville have health clinics that offer dental and medical screening programs. Podiatry services are regularly available at these centers. Blood pressure and dental screenings are at all sites on a scheduled basis. Monthly health education on the latest health topics is available at all...

City of Des Moines Neighborhood Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Program

The City of Des Moines and the Polk County Board of Supervisors created the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) in 1990 to help stabilize and improve Des Moines’ neighborhoods. Stockard & Engler Inc., a nationally-recognized consulting firm, was brought in to evaluate the existing programs and to provide guidance for the creation of the NRP. To coordinate this program, the City’s Community Development Department created the Neighborhood Development Division. The Neighborhood Development Division administers the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and manages federal and state funds which address the City’s Community Development needs.  The NRP uses a strategy that calls for neighborhood residents, the City of Des Moines, Polk County, local business leaders, and the Neighborhood Finance Corporation to develop a public/private partnership that addresses revitalization issues within the Des Moines area.  The NRP gives citizens the opportunity to organize and create neighborhood groups that can be officially recognized by the City Council and County Supervisors.  To coordinate this program, the City’s Community Development Department created the Neighborhood Development Division. Des Moines has fifty-eight neighborhood associations active in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.  Click on this map to see all the neighborhoods and neighborhood association information. Check out City of DM Neighborhood Development here Neighborhood Development Argonne Armory Building 602 Robert D Ray Drive 1st Floor Des Moines, IA 50309 (T) (515) 283-4182 (F) (515)...