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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 16/08/13

Hello CYSN Members and Community Partners,

Welcome META Employment Services, our newest member organization!

I am pleased to announce that the Children and Youth Services Network now has 50 member organizations and funding partners.  For a complete list of member organizations by function(s), please see our member directory in the LOOKING FOR HELP section.

The following news items, shared by CYSN members, may be of interest to you.

ABORIGINAL EARLY LEARNING CONFERENCE:  SAVE THE DATE – September 25, 2013 at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.  Aboriginal Advocacy and Planning Committee of the Toronto Child and Family Network Conference – “Building Indigenous Early Learning Competencies”.  The conference will be of interest to front-line staff, program and service managers, researchers, policy-makers and others.  PLEASE CLICK HERE – more details to follow.

BASIC NEEDS – SHELTER UPDATE:  Many of you will recall the February 28, 2013 Network meeting when Cathie West from Youthab presented information regarding proposed cuts to the Hastings Housing Resource Centre – – effective June 30, 2013.  The program is being funded to December 31, 2013.  What will happen beyond that is unknown at this time.

LICENSED CHILD CARE JOB POSTING:  The Ministry of Education, Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Branch, has posted an amended Program Advisor position at

PROMOTING RESILIENCE IN YOUTH CHILDREN:  This Fall and Winter, Reaching In Reaching Out (RIRO) is offering Resiliency Skills Training, an evidence-based, two-part program for service providers who work with children under 8 years.  The location is Toronto and a copy of the registration form can be downloaded at

SUPPORTING PARENTS:  A Train-the-Trainer Workshop.  The Best Start Resource Centre will be holding two regional workshops for service providers – Friday, September 27th, from 9am-2:30pm at Radisson Heidelberg, Kitchener Waterloo, and Wednesday, October 2nd, from 9am-2:30pm at the Radisson Park Inn, Markham.  For registration information go to:

YOUTH HEALTH INITIATIVE GRANTS:  The Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit is offering grants up to $750 to youth groups with youth between the ages of 10-24 years for initiatives that increase awareness about tobacco use and other youth health uses such as substance use, physical activity, healthy eating, sexual health, injury prevention, mental health and dental health.  Activities are to be completed and grant monies spent by December 31, 2013.  PLEASE CLICK HERE for details.

This week’s blog features the Service Pathway/Community Engagement Committee.  Next week, we will look at “No Wrong Door” and “Warm Hand-Off” approaches to information and referral.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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