This past year, the One Stop Business and Career Center staff has been busy providing an array of services to an expanding pool of CalWORKs participants, both through the One Stop Business and Career Center’s Workforce Center, Workforce One and through individual placements in work sites within Nevada County. New referrals have averaged one a day for every day the center was open this year — over 225 individuals in all. This is three times the number of people served the previous year.
At the Workforce Center, programs and services continue to grow to meet the diversity of individual circumstances and backgrounds. Building on the concept of working with each person’s strengths and addressing the whole person, the Workforce Center has introduced assistance with GED preparation and exposure to employment resources through “field trips”. This is in addition to a variety of workshops that go beyond traditional job search to include job readiness, job retention and life skills. A sense of community is also fostered through completion of in-house community service projects.
Heather Carver, Career Development Consultant, plays an integral role in developing technology training opportunities for participants. Many have successfully completed certificates in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Workforce One is full steam ahead with their Landscaping and Horticulture program. As part of a recent partnership with local non-profit Sierra Harvest, Workforce One crew members have helped with Garden Builds, a program that creates sustainable backyard gardens to qualified families in the community. They have also benefitted from the generosity and expertise of Master Gardener, Lyn Muth, from A to Z Hardware who is teaching a 10-week course on local landscaping and horticulture.
New Court Appointed Special Advocates needed
The Child Welfare Services division of Nevada County is dedicated to the safety of children and the preservation of families. The Child Welfare division works closely with other County departments, the courts, law enforcement, and the community.
One of the agencies that Child Welfare Services works with is Child Advocates of Nevada County. Child Advocates of Nevada County is a private, non-profit agency. The agency was founded in 1993 to provide Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) services to abused and neglected children who were dependents of the Dependency Court. When children are removed from their families because of abuse and neglect, they become “dependents” of the court and enter into a 12 to 18 month court process.
The children are often living in foster care as the court tries to determine whether or not it is in the child’s best interest to be reunited with their family. These kids desperately need a committed, caring adult to become familiar with their lives and advocate for what that child needs and wants. This committed and caring adult is a CASA volunteer. If you are interested in working with youth and have some free time, you can find more information at: http://www.caofnc.org/casa.html
Friday Night Live turns 30
Last month, Nevada County Public Health staff joined with 48 other counties to celebrate 30 years of youth development in the field of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Prevention at the Annual FNL Leadership Training Institute held in Visalia.
At the Training Institute, Nevada County’s FNL Coordinator, Shannon Glaz, was invited to host a workshop with a fellow Coordinator from Tehama County. The workshop showcased Nevada County’s work with local youth advocates in tobacco prevention. Glaz and her counterpart delivered two consecutive 90-minute workshops, both were very well attended. They shared lessons on what has worked well with our local program, and gave others in the field new ideas and tips on how they can engage young people in creating lasting change in their communities.
This 30-year celebration offered a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the many success of our local FNL program.
The California Friday Night Live Partnership was developed in 1984 by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, now the California Department of Healthcare Services, and the California Office of Traffic Safety. FNL began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Today FNL builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities across 56 counties.