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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 24/04/15

MAY 15 DEADLINE to register for “Exploring Mental Health and Addictions – The Unpredictable Journey” on Tuesday, May 26th from 8 am to 4 pm at Maranatha Auditorium, 100 College Street West, Belleville for the low price of $50 per person including lunch and snacks with vegetarian options. Entrants must have a ticket for admission.

This year we are pleased to partner with the Children and Youth Services Network, Community Services Network, and East Central Ontario Training Board to bring you this event.  Please complete a display table request form if your organization wishes to participate in the Community Service Expo, being held in conjunction with this workshop and return by April 30th.

Register on-line through Eventbrite at

NEW WEBSITE:  The Trenton MFRC has launched its new local website and invites you to visit  Development of the site was driven by two issues.  During last years’ community focus groups it was clear that our community was looking for site specific, easily accessed local information.  In addition, TMFC hopes to develop a number of virtual tools to improve family access to programming that does not rely on their geographically disbursed families actually entering their building.  The first of these tools is the re-launch of the Job Shop which matches local employers with military family members seeking employment.

PLAR AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE CONFERENCE:  Loyalist College invites you to the 26th Annual Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Conference May 26-29 at the Travelodge in Belleville.  Specifically, there is a training workshop on Portfolio Development with youth at risk. There will be presenters and delegates from Chile, South Africa, Nunavut, etc. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

POVERTY REDUCTION FUND – shared by Rachelle Blanchette, MEDU

Yesterday, I heard an update on the Poverty Reduction Strategy and more specifically about the Local Poverty Reduction Fund.  As I had not heard of this fund during my visits to network meetings in the region, I thought it was important to share with you the information. Expressions of interest are due May 5th. This step is optional, but you can have feedback on your ideas. The official submission is due in June.


Hier, j’ai entendu une mise à jour sur la stratégie de réduction de la pauvreté et le fond pour les initiatives locales. Comme je n’avais pas entendu de ce fonds lors de mes visites aux réseaux de notre région, j’ai cru important de vous partager cette information. La déclaration d’intérêt est due le 5 mai. Cette étape est optionnelle, mais vous pourriez avoir de la rétroaction sur vos idées. La proposition officielle est due au mois de juin.

SEARCH INSTITUTE:  Beverley Bell-Rowbotham, HPE Data Analysis Coordinator, asked that this blog about linking data to children’s outcomes be shared with the CYSN –

STATE OF THE YOUTH SECTOR IN ONTARIO 2015:  Youth Research and Evaluation Exchange (YouthREX) is a new initiative funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. This service will work with grassroots groups and organizations to do the evaluation that they desire for their programs/services according to assets-based and capacity building principles. They are setting up a service hub in Eastern Ontario with staff to provide services to the sector. You can find more information about this initiative at  You are invited to participate in a province-wide study on research and evaluation in the youth-serving sector. This is the first province-wide study of evaluation issues across the youth-serving sector, and a strong Eastern Ontario presence is being encouraged. The survey is available in English and French and the deadline to submit is May 8th.

TIME SENSITIVE REMINDER:  On Thursday, April 30th, 1:30-3pm, the Best Start Resource Centre is offering a webinar to introduce a new program designed to address some of the issues raised by the “No Time to Wait” report kids/healthy kids.pdf. The webinar targets managers & front-line workers who work with children aged 2-11.  Members of the ECD Working Group will be viewing this presentation together and participating in a discussion following the viewing.  If you wish to join them, RSVP by April 24th.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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