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Be a Hero. Be a Foster Parent.
with Stephanie Eklund
Did you know that YOU could be the life-changing person for a child here in Maine? Yes, YOU can become a foster or adoptive parent! Come learn about the licensing process and the different ways you can help Maine children. There is a special need for people who can care for infants, sibling groups, and adolescents, while also supporting the reunification process. Join us for this informational meeting and take that very first step to becoming a resource family. Register to get the link for the livestream session. Stephanie Eklund, a former and long-standing advocate for victims of domestic violence, joined A Family for ME as a foster/adoptive parent recruiter in Southern Maine. Stephanie brings with her a wealth of knowledge regarding recruitment, collaborative efforts with community members, public speaking and training, volunteer engagement, and helping people in need. In her personal time, Stephanie enjoys reading, working out, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Ok, Zoomer: Tips for Parenting Teens from a Former Teen
with Michaela Flanders
Spending more time with your teen due to the current situation? Make this found fun, rewarding and productive! This dialogue-centered series provides a teen culture crash course, generation-specific narrative, and communication brainstorming, all led by a current college student and Gen Z-centered author. Register to get the link for the livestream session. Michaela Flanders is a junior at Mount Holyoke College, where she majors in Bioethics and Psychology. She is also a Marshwood High School graduate. Michaela is the author of "Sitting in A Circle: Gen Z Feminism and The Spirit", due for release in June 2021 from The Pilgrim Press, as well as a student birth doula with DONA International. She has led and listened to her fellow young adults in a range of capacities for the last six years through her work as a dance teacher, mentor, campus president, and policymaker. She presented a similar version of this workshop in the local and national settings in the summer of 2019.
Mindfulness:Find your calm in uncertain times
with Venera M. Gattonini
Increase your toolbox of techniques to help decrease stress, sleep better, help you to pause and respond versus react , and find deep relaxation and calm within. Register to get the link for the livestream session.
Social Justice Dialogue for Newcomers
with Michaela Flanders
Knowing the tenets of social justice dialogue is fundamental to having conversations in the workplace and with friends and family. It can be hard to know what to say when themes on race, gender, sexuality, and religion take front and center. This series utilizes intergroup dialogue and a welcoming atmosphere to get you started. Register to get the link for the livestream session. Michaela Flanders is a junior at Mount Holyoke College, where she majors in Bioethics and Psychology. She is also a Marshwood High School graduate. Michaela is the author of "Sitting in A Circle: Gen Z Feminism and The Spirit", due for release in June 2021 from The Pilgrim Press, as well as a student birth doula with DONA International. As a queer, Asian, religiously mixed woman with health issues, she is committed to use her experiences from listening to her peers, and her own social justice training, to meet the pressing need for education-- especially in small towns-- that has led the U.S. to this moment in history.
Become an Advocate for a Child: CASA Info Night
with Kaela Jalbert, Darren Defoe, Erin Swanson
Interested in speaking up for a Maine foster child? Learn more about being a Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASAs are community volunteers appointed to serve as guardians ad litem for children whose parents are involved in a child protection case. The foundation of a CASAs work is to investigate the case and then advise the judge on the childs best interest. These volunteers come from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds and are guided throughout the process by staff attorneys. Right now, there are more foster children than CASAs. If you have a big heart and are willing to speak up for a Maine child, please attend this informational session to learn more. CASAs must be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and attend our comprehensive training. Kaela Jalbert, Darren Defoe, and Erin Swanson oversee the Maine CASA Program from the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta. They work closely with CASA volunteers to provide guidance and feedback throughout all stages of a child protection case. Register to receive the link for the livestream session.
Telling Your Story with Confidence
with Jennie Bryant
Everyone has a story to tell; set your story free with a writing class that focuses on fun, interactive activities. Let the words flow, review editing strategies, peer-review (if desired), and finalize your piece. Register to get the link for the livestream session. Jennie Robertson Bryant has a BA in TESOL. She has been published in several print and online publications.
Please note: New class day is Wed (there has been a change since the publication which stated class was on Tues.)
Normal vs Not Normal Aging: Memory and Cognitive Changes
with Molly Harrigan
This interactive workshop with Molly Harrigan, Occupational Therapist and Dementia Specialistor, is for anyone who wants to understand what are normal brain function changes as we age and what aren't. Our aging population is going to more than double in the next few decades and we want to be prepared. What should we be aware of and looking for? Register to get the link for the livestream session.
Kindness in social media dialogue: Being nice when others are naughty
with Tom Rup
Tired of all the put downs and political slams on social media? Want to kindly get your opinion out there and de-escalate others heated arguments? Tom shares communication techniques and digital citizenship tools for making online a kinder world. Be the change you want to see. Register to get the link for the livestream session.