Week of March 10
, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

         Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Toddler Story Time, Pahokee Library 
         Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Reading Buddies, Pahokee Library 
         Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Mommy Te (Tea) Parent Support - UF Nutrition Sessions, Bridges at Belle Glade
         Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Rosenwald Elementary School Job Fair for Construction, Tanner Parker
         Friday, March 14, 2014 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Simon Says Wash Your Hands, Bridges at Belle Glade 
         Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. " Night of Elegance" A Black & White Affair, Greater St. Paul



Rosenwald Elementary School Job Fair for Construction


This Job fair will give local workers the opportunity to speak with the subcontractors who will be hiring for the Rosenwald Elementary School construction project. Bring your resume and be prepared to talk about your skills. 


WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


WHERE: Tanner Park, 105 Palm Beach Rd, South Bay 


For more information or to RSVP contact Aletha Moulton: amoulton@suffolk.com or (561) 282-3061


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/JobFair.pdf





Planned Approach To Community Health (PATCH)


The Glades PATCH is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services.


WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 2014   9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Ave. C, Belle Glade



Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting


WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: Lutheran Services Florida/PEPPI Head Start Program, 301 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade


For more information contact Autrie M. Williams at (561) 996-1718; Fax: (561) 996-0287 




 "Night of Elegance" A Black & White Affair


Your invited to attend our first annual  "Night of Elegance," A Black & White Affair." Join us for a night of entertainment, great food, door prizes, and more. 


WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


WHERE: Greater St. Paul C.O. G. I. C. 915 W. Ave A, Belle Glade 


For more information and to purchase tickets contact Sis. Brissett: 561-983-1549 or 561-983-1501


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.18.14/Black&WhiteAffair.pdf 




Bridges at Belle Glade 


Mommy Te (Tea) Parent Support - UF Nutrition Sessions


Come join BRIDGES at Belle Glade in a "Mommy Te" (Tea) parenting support dialogue.  Parents can expect to meet and engage with others while addressing issues unique to parents. The sessions provide opportunities for parents to comment and ask questions. This month The   University of Florida/Palm Beach County Coop Ext. will share tips on healthy eating including tasty recipes and Strong Starts (Community) Dialogue Session will focus on "Healthy Births." (Child Watch Available)


WHEN: Tuesdays March 12th, 18th, 25th, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am

WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South, Belle Glade



Simon Says Wash Your Hands


How many times a day do you wash your child's hands? Not always sure they are washing them completely when you are not there? Let us help you with this skill as we play games and sing songs about washing our hands. Come join us as we help your little one learn how to stay healthy by keeping their hands clean.


WHEN:  Friday, March 14th, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South Belle Glade



Children's Story Hour


BRIDGES at Belle Glade, in collaboration with the Belle Glade Library, will be hosting family  literacy/communication skill-building activities at the brand new Belle Glade Library facility. Children ages 1 to 4 will have an opportunity to read and enjoy stories in an interactive forum.Parents will have a great time participating alongside their children. Topics for March: Emotions,School, Dogs, Movement & Colors and Rainbows.


WHEN: Mondays, March 17th, 24th, 31st, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am

WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 


For more information contact Bridges at Belle Glade: 561-992-8210


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/2014MarchBBG.pdf




Bridges at Pahokee 


Reading Buddies


Reading Buddies is a fun cross age tutoring program for elementary school students. In this one-on-one

literacy tutoring program, high school students are paired with a younger buddy. Big buddies gain confidence in themselves as readers while little buddies have a chance to try out new reading and writing skills in a comfortable, supervised, small group setting.


WHEN:  Tuesday, March 11th, 25th, 2014 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Loula V. York Library - 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee 



Toddler Story Time


Looking for fun that costs nothing? Bring your toddler to story time at the library. The Loula V. York

Library is looking to partner with parents who are raising early readers. Toddler story time encourages

emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music and creative activities for children ages 18 - 36 months.


WHEN:  Tuesday, March 11th, 25th, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Loula V. York Library - 525 Bacom Point Rd



Who Can I Be?


Who Can I Be? Are you a fireman or a princess? Let's use our imagination as we play pretend to be

whoever we want to be. With your help your child can practice getting dressed as we put on costumes, learn new words and expand our communication skills. This event is designed for children ages 3 - 5 yrs.

Sign up now, space is limited!


WHEN: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

WHERE:  BRIDGES at Pahokee - 170 S. Barfield Hwy. #102



Raising Readers- "Early Literacy Program"


Raising a Reader begins with Early Literacy. Space is still available for "Raising Readers." This program teaches parents and caregivers how to develop early reading skills in their children, from birth to age

five. Raising Readers has two primary components: reading packets for parents and free preschool events at the library. Parents will receive guided reading packets which include simple activities to build reading and language skills. Preregistration is required.


WHEN:  Thursday, March 13th, 20th 27th, 2014  10:00am - 11:00am

WHERE:  Loula V. York Library - 525 Bacom Point Rd


For more information contact Bridges at Pahokee: (561) 924-9224


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/2014MarchBAP.pdf   



AARP Driver Safety Course    


The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation's largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Over 15 million participants have gone through AARP Driver Safety classroom and online courses.  You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details. Lunch included 


WHEN: Thursday March 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 State Rd 15, Belle Glade
For more information contact Joseph Horvath: (561) 996-4808
View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/DriverSafety.pdf 



Black Gold Jubilee Gospel Sing 


This year's Black Gold Jubilee Gospel Sing will be held Monday evening. Along with a new time and location, there will also be changes in the program format.  The program line-up will be shorter, with fewer performers, and a wider variety of music. It program to be an evening of music that everyone will enjoy. Please make sure to attend, and your support to the Christian singers and instrumentalist from several church area. 


WHEN: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Community United Methodist Church Jameson Hall, 401 SW 1st St, Belle Glade


36th Annual Black Gold Jubilee 

End of harvest festival celebrating the area's agricultural roots and rich organic soil. This will be the 36th anniversary. This year's event will feature a 5 K Walk/Run, free children's rides and games, vendor booths, free entertainment followed by fireworks at dusk.
WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Torry Island, Belle Glade

Black Gold Green Market

Sponsored by Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce. Selling fresh vegetable including corn, lettuce, romaine, celery, tomatoes, rice and pickles.

WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014 11:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Torry Island, Belle Glade   

For more information contact Belle Glade Chamber: 561-996-2745  


2014 Great American Clean-up in South Bay


The GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP, a project of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is coordinated locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. Join us and help Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful!  


WHEN: Saturday April 19, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   


WHERE: Tanner Park, 791 NW 1st St, South Bay


For more information and to register contact City of South Bay: (561) 996-6751


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/GreatAmericanCleanUpsSB.pdf


Great American Clean up in Belle Glade

The GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP, a project of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is coordinated locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. We are hoping to get as many volunteers as possible, so please help us with this event! Get back with me if you have a youth group, sorority, fraternity, school group, or individuals who would like to participate. We provide the gloves, transportation to the sites, free lunch. Join us and help Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful! 


WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 a.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade City Hall, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd, Belle Glade, 


For more information Brenda Bunting: 561-996-2745


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/GreatAmericanCleanUp.pdf  



Leadership Glades Class 2014-2015 Now Accepting Applications


Leadership Glades is an exciting program designed to prepare potential leaders to meet the challenges facing the Glades.  Participants explore critical issues through a series of seminars and related activities. Interaction with key decision-makers, experts, community leaders, and representatives of local government assists participants in better understanding the forces that impact their business, community, and daily lives.  Leadership Glades believes the cooperative effort of well-informed citizens is the key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life that Glades residents enjoy. 


Leadership Glades will give you an Opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about critical issues of the Glades 
  • Discuss concern with key decision makers
  • Establish new contacts
  • Contribute to the future of the Glades

If you are interested in serving the community, committed to professional growth, and dedicated to the future of the Glades, then you are a candidate for Leadership Glades.  Participants are representative of the area's geographic, business, and ethnic mix. Criteria used for selection include the following: 1) A sincere commitment, motivation and interest to serve in the community 2) Participation in community activities 3) Interest in seeking key volunteer or leadership roles 4)  A commitment to 100% attendance.


Link to 2014-2015 Leadership Glades Application

Link to 2014-2015 Leadership Glades Brochure



OB/GYN Specialists of Lakeside, LLC Now Open 


We are now open to serve all healthcare needs for women. We provide complete Obstetrical and Gynecological services including perinatology. Lisa Sanchez, MD Angela Gray, MD. Call us today for an appointment.


WHEN: Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


WHERE: 941 SE 1st Street, Belle Glade


For more information or to schedule an appointment call: (561) 992-9461


Comcast Announces Free Internet for Low Income Palm Beach County Students 

Eligible Families in your community can get up to 6 months of complimentary internet service if they apply March 4-18, 2014

'A Better Pahokee' E-Newspaper - March 3rd 2014 



Job Opportunities 


Vote for Families First for Cason Home Loans Month of Giving


Families First has been chosen as one of only SIX finalists for Cason Home Loans "Month of Giving"! Cason Home Loans will be making a substantial donation to the winning organization!! Families First is the only agency located in Palm Beach County. The other five are in Michigan. We want to make sure that Families First wins the "Month of Giving" so the money comes to support children and families in our area.


All you have to do is click on the link below, "like" the page, and then vote for Families First. Make sure you sign into your FaceBook Account and then you can like the page of Cason Home Loans and click on the link for voting and vote for Families First. Please also consider sending it to Friends and Family who have FaceBook to help Families First win much needed monies to support the service to children and families in Palm Beach County. The more votes they get, the better chance they have to win! 




Eat Healthy Farmers Market

WHEN: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (CLC Solarium), 7305 N Military Trail, Riviera Beach


2014 Alzheimer's Educational Conference

The 2014 conference is Alzheimer's Community Care's 18th Annual Education Conference, and it is one of the largest of its kind, and is widely recognized as a premier source for education on neurocognitive disorders, inclusive of Alzheimer's disease. Over 1,000 people were in attendance for last year's conference, and over 1,200 are expected to attend this year. The conference will culminate on Friday afternoon with plenary speaker Ian Kremer, Executive Director of Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease (LEAD Coalition)


WHEN: Thursday, March 13-14, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach


For more information contact Rob Sommer: (561) 310-5434 or rsommer@alzcare.org


View link for more details and how to register: www.alzcare.org 



CareerSource Palm Beach County ~ Connections 2014 Hiring Individuals with Disabilities


Please Join Us! Connections 2014 FREE Breakfast, Disability Workshops and Business Awards Luncheon!  Learn how your organization can make an impact in Broward County. Click here to register, now! Workshops - 2.5 HRCI Credits Available! Topics Includes: Workshop One - What Workforce Can Do For You!  Panel: Discussing the Facts and Dispelling the Myths about Hiring People with Disabilities Workshop Two - Assistive Technology.  


Did You Know?  Employees with disabilities have the same professional development potential and job skill capabilities as employee without disabilities. Disabled workers tend to be the most engaged employees, the most committed and the most reliable employees. People with disabilities, their families, service providers, and supporters control $200 billion of disposable income in the United States. By employing people with disabilities, employers can meet hiring requirements and effectively position themselves to develop products and services that are more likely to sell to a diverse customer base, resulting in significant increases in long-term profits. Hiring people with disabilities leads to meaningful, long-lasting employment.


WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE:  Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, 2000 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/Connections2014.pdf   



Birders Meet David Sibley at the Main Library


New addition to the Palm Beach County Library System Writers LIVE! line-up. David Sibley, author of the "The Sibley Guide to Birds," He will be signing copies of his Second Edition, the long awaited update to the 2000 edition. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to browse the Main Library's unique Audubon Collection, one of the largest ornithological book and journal collections in the Southeastern United States. Writers LIVE! brings the community together with their favorite authors and their books. Our sixth annual series of events boasts an exciting line-up of best-selling authors who discuss their latest works, chat with you, and sign books.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Main Library of the Palm Beach County Library System, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach 


For more information about the series and the authors speaking visit  www.pbclibrary.org/ writers-live-2014





Partnership For Effective Programs For Students With Autism 


Optimistic Parenting: Helping Parents Who Struggle With Challenges at Home   

Challenging behaviors continue to top the list of concerns for families of persons with 
ASD. Although we have made impressive gains in helping reduce these problem behaviors, obstacles remain. This talk will cover new insights into these obstacles and how professionals can assist families by using "optimism training" to effectively help persons with even the most severe behavioral challenges. The presenter will describe through video examples how to help parents be more effective in their efforts to help those with ASD and how to help themselves lead happier and less stressful lives.
WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: FAU McArthur Campus Education Building, Room 101 & 102, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter 
For more information contact: card@fau.edu or 561-297-2055
View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/OptimisticParenting.pdf  


Optimistic Parenting; Hope and Helping You and Your Challenging Child 


Family Connections Conference This FREE event will also include: Sibling activities and workshops Parent training's on how to introduce the diagnosis to your child & small business ideas for adults with autism.


WHEN:Saturday, April 12, 2014 

WHERE: Florida Atlantic University, 5353 Parkside Dr, Jupiter

For more information contact: card@fau.edu or 561-297-2055 

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/2014FamilyConnections.pdf



$25,000 for your community- State Farm Neighborhood Assist 





NonProfit Legal Assistance Project Newsletter:  War on Poverty 50 Years Later


This is a U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee Report on the War on Poverty 50 Years Later.  The Report evaluates almost all federal programs. 


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/WarOnPoverty50.pdf


Previous Postings

2014 The Arc of the Glades Awards Luncheon 


The special recipient this year is Steve Weeks. Among his notable accomplishments: he is a long-time Board member (16 years over two stints) serving in multiple officer roles; a local business owner (retired); a former City Councilman and Mayor of Belle Glade; and the go-to guy for many organizations that have served the Glades and its citizens, as a Board member or as just a caring friend and neighbor.  His quiet and unassuming manner coupled with his willingness to help where needed is probably best exemplified by his response when advised that he was this year's honoree ("Pick someone else....I don't need this"), and his reluctance to accept the award only resolved when he was reassured that it helped the Arc of the Glades. Join us in honoring Steve Weeks and his lifetime commitment of service to our Community and dedication to the people served by The Arc. Tickets $ 30.00 person 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 


WHERE: The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade 

 For more information contact Scot Kannel or Marcia Hardney: (561) 996-9583



2014 Great American Clean-up in South Bay


The GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP, a project of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is coordinated locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. Join us and help Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful!  


WHEN: Saturday April 19, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   


WHERE: Tanner Park, 791 NW 1st St, South Bay


For more information and to register contact City of South Bay: (561) 996-6751


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/2014GAC.pdf 



Check Out New and Exciting Things Happening at Your Local Library This April


Belle Glade Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/BelleGladeBranch.pdf

Pahokee Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/PahokeeBranch.pdf



Job Opportunities 


The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/TheSun.pdf

The Sun 2: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/TheSun2.pdf

Sickle Cell of Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast~ Case Manager  (Glades Area):


Community Partners: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/CommunityPartners.pdf



Free Legal Service at The Glades Initiative, Inc.


If you are in need of free legal services for issues such as: child support, domestic violence, abuse of children/elders, immigration, fair housing and other civil matters please call. By appointment only with Mr. Richard Abedon, Esq., Volunteer Attorney.


WHEN: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 S.E. Avenue C, Belle Glade


Please call for an appointment: 561-996-3310 



Scholarship Opportunities 


2014 College Scholarship Program offered through Property Appraiser's Office


Property Appraiser Gary R. Nikolits, CFA, is happy to announce that the Property Appraiser's Office is now accepting applications for its 2014 College Scholarship program.The Property Appraiser's Office presents $1,000 scholarships each year to five college bound students. Since 1993, the Property Ap­praiser's Office has awarded $114,000 in college scholarships.Interested students may download the application from the Property Appraiser's website: pbcgov.com/PAPA. The deadline to submit the 2014 application is March 31, 2014. An Employee Scholarship Committee selects the five winners. The scholarships are awarded in May. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a resident of Palm Beach County and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The college or junior college they plan to attend must be accredited. 


Funds are raised through volunteer employee donations from participants in Friday Casual Dress Day.  

View link for scholarship application: http://pbcgov.com/papa/pdf/Scholarship-Application.pdf

For more information, call 561-355-3230.



2014 Triunfo - Scholarship 


The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County has had a tradition of recognizing the "Best and the Brightest" high school seniors within the County. Each year, the Hispanic Chamber recognizes the community's rising stars in its annual  Triunfo! celebration. The Seventeenth Annual Triunfo! Awards banquet will be held on April 26, 2014 at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach. We solicit your help in identifying those extraordinary high school graduating students who should be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Hispanic community. Nominations may be submitted for any graduating high school student in Palm Beach County. Students enrolled at School District of Palm Beach County high schools are eligible for nomination. Students enrolled at charter or private schools may be eligible for nominations only if the school is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County.  The nominations may be submitted in English or in Spanish; they must be received no later than March 14, 2014 


For more information contact the chamber office: (561) 832-1986  


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.24.14/Triunfo2014Scholarshipflyer.pdf

View link for nomination form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.24.14/2014TriunfoNomination.pdf

View link for scholarship applications: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.24.14/2014TriunfoScholarshipApplication.pdf



Belle Glade Lions Club Scholarship


The Belle Glade Lions Club is accepting applications for their annual Ruth S. Wedgworth scholarship offered to graduating seniors of area schools in Belle Glade and Pahokee.   The scholarship is for $1,000 a year for four years.  Applicants should provide their name, parent's name, address, phone number, email, school and year of graduation, a list of scholarships received and their value, and other grants applied for or received.  Applications should consist of an unofficial transcript, statement of recommendation from your principal, letters of recommendation from three teachers, a copy of performance on either the SAT or ACT, and a 500-word essay describing their goals, extracurricular activities, and community service history.   Applicants must have a minimum of 17 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT (math, critical reading, and writing sections) to qualify.  Please mail all application materials to the Belle Glade Lions Club, P.O. Box 51, Belle Glade, FL 33430 by Friday April 4, 2014.  Applications for this scholarship can also be obtained from area high schools.  


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.24.14/2014scholarshipformBelleGladeLionsClub.pdf


Health Mother Health Babies expands Centering Pregnancy® in the Glades thanks to Quantum Foundation


This evidenced-based model of group prenatal care integrates health assessment, education and support into a unified program within a group setting. Eight to 12 women of similar gestational ages come together and receive a prenatal checkup from a medical provider, followed by a facilitated group discussion using the Centering Pregnancy® curriculum. HMHB is pleased to partner with OB/GYN Specialists of Lakeside (an affiliate of OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches) to conduct this program in Belle Glade. Since 2008, HMHB has been the only provider of CenteringPregnancy® in Palm Beach County and currently operates the program in the Delray Beach and Lantana Departments of Florida Health, thanks to funding from Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. 


SCORE: A New Business FREE Workshop 
It takes much more than a good idea and a desire to be your own boss to launch a successful business. This FREE workshop will talk about what's required to start a new business, outline the work that will be required, compare being an entrepreneur with working for others, and discuss some of the myths and rewards involved. It will help you decide if starting your own business is the right thing for you to do. 


WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, 540 South Main Street, Belle Glade 


For more information contact Bob Bloom: (561) 833-1672 or   bob.palmbeachscore@gmail.com

Gove Elementary School's Career Day Is Coming


Gove Elementary School's annual Career Week is on the horizon. We hope that  you will volunteer to share your professional experiences with our students to  make this week truly rewarding. We are looking for community members to volunteer to speak about their profession at Gove. You will be asked to give a short 20 minute presentation about your job, education, training, and how you made the transition from school to your current occupation. You will be giving the same presentation approximately three times to three different groups of students. We are also looking for volunteers to share their work vehicle with the students.


WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


WHERE: Gove Elementary, 900 SE Avenue G, Belle Glade


For more information contact Michelle Riker: Michelle.Riker@palmbeachschools.org (561) 993-8726





ChildNet invites ordinary people to do extraordinary things by learning about the benefits of becoming a foster parent. ChildNet invited you to spread the word and not let these children be left behind. " When you put hope & love together you can raise a positive child in a negative world" by Zig Ziglar. RSVP by March, 7 2014

WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Fulton-Holland Educational Service Center, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach 

For more information and to RSVP contact: aarnold@arcpbc.org



Using the Arts for Resiliency in Rural Communities Symposium 

The symposium will focus on how the arts can build capacity, coping, creative problem solving, and enhance wellness in rural communities through presentation of best practice models, workshops, and training sessions. Presenters include leaders from the Franklin's Promise Coalition, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida State University, and the Florida Office of Rural Health.

Professionals in health, social and human services, the arts, community non-profits agencies, educators, and those engaged in community building, disaster management or social services in rural communities are invited to attend. The program fee is $60.  Block rate accommodations are available at the Best Western and the Water Street Inn. Also, for those who would like to stay and enjoy a weekend on the beautiful Forgotten Coast, a special workshop, Theatre for Resiliency, will be presented by John Sullivan on Saturday, March 29, 2014. This symposium is presented by the Franklin's Promise Coalition, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


WHEN: Thursday, March 27-28, 201410:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


WHERE: Apalachicola Center for History, 96 5th Avenue, Apalachicola 


For more information and to register for the symposium and Saturday workshop, click here: http://artsinmedicine.ufhealth.org/2014/02/25/s



Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop


The Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) has contracted internationally recognized community-building leaders John McKnight and Mike Gree n for an engaging and interactive learning event focused on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) principles. This OCR-sponsored event is free of charge and includes publications from ABCD Institute thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.


The workshops are divided into two training sessions:


Session One: Effective Community Partnerships: "Leading by Stepping Back" is a one-day workshop tailored for public officials, government and other agencies that will provide a powerful approach to mobilize citizens to action.


WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach


View link for flyers: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/OfficialsAgencies.pdf  



Session Two: Building Communities from Inside Out: "A Path Toward Mobilizing Citizens for Action" is a two-day workshop that will benefit neighborhood residents, community organizers and nonprofit leaders by familiarizing them with the basic concepts of Asset-Based Community Development, define the capacity of their current organization to create community change, envision their own ability to act within that environment, and create an action plan to engage their communities.


WHEN: Friday, April 4-5, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/Residents.pdf


YWCA Nominations for Racial Justice Awards

The YWCA of Palm Beach County seeks nominations for its Racial Justice Award. Nominations may be an individual, civic organization, religious institution, or business that has demonstrated leadership in organizing and/or supporting activities to reduce and/or prevent racial injustice in Palm Beach County. The award will be presented on April 25, 2014 at the YWCA's "Stand Against Racism" Luncheon being held at the Cohen Pavilion of Kravis Center. The luncheon will feature Carlotta LaNier, the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine. Return nomination form and other required 
information by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014

Redefining Lupus: Putting the Pieces Together 2014 Seminar Series

Each year, the chapter sponsors seminars and an annual conference that feature local and national speakers knowledgeable in the diagnosis, treatment and research efforts of Lupus and related disorders. Speakers include those living with lupus and in the specialty areas of rheumatology, psychiatry, nephrology, cardiology and more. Redefining Lupus: Putting the Pieces Together 2014 Seminar Series -  Join us for the only lupus educational series in Florida. These comprehensive events will cover a variety of topics and the latest lupus advancements to help you put the pieces together while empowering you to become an informed patient and advocate. To learn more and reserve your ticket(s), please pick a city near you:


For more information contact us: info@lupusfl.org or call 561.279.8606  


View link for more information and city near you: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.03.14/LupusSeminar.pdf


New Information on CSC Scholarships for Afterschool Care
Children remain eligible for CSC Scholarships for Afterschool until the last day of school of the year that they turn 12. Once a child is determined eligible, parents will not have to submit additional pay stubs or verification of employment letters each year. Children must maintain attendance, which means they must attend their afterschool program regularly. If a child is dropped from an afterschool program because they do not attend, the child's parents will have to re-apply for services with Family Central and will be placed on the wait-list until scholarship funding becomes available.   

Monday Morning Update - March  3, 2014



PrimeTime Afterschool Resources ~ Friday Forecast February 28, 2014 




Free Health and Nutrition Fair for Children and Parents 


Kids in the Kitchen presents fun nutrition and exercise demonstrations and activities for children to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.  A variety of interactive booths and areas will be available and sponsored by local businesses and organizations.  Parents and their children ages 4-12 are invited to attend.  To register for the event, parents must register their child's name and age (4-12) online.  For every child who attends Kids in the Kitchen, one complimentary adult ticket to the museum will be provided. Extra tickets can be purchased at a discounted price.  Space is limited.  Reservations are required by April 16, 2014 


WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 


WHERE: The South Florida Science Museum, located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach


For more information and to RSVP contact: KITK@JLPB.ORG


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.24.14/KidsInTheKitchen.pdf   



Bring $25,000 to your community - State Farm Neighborhood Assist: March 3 - March 23


Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn't know where to start? Maybe it's a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community. Now, YOU have the power to fix it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help identify and address key issues faced by consumers throughout the United States and parts of Canada. State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook. The application is short and simple, and I encourage you to learn more by visiting

www.statefarm.com/NeighborhoodAssist or by watching this short video. You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change to your community cause!




Ending Modern-Day Slavery in South Florida 


Did you know that the person serving you at your local country club or nail salon might be a victim of slavery or that an estimated one out of three children who run away is sold for sex within 48 hours of leaving home? Shamefully, Florida is a leader in this multi-billion-dollar global industry. Come and learn more - and about what you can do to help end this outrage.


WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.


WHERE: Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach




4th Annual International Women's History Month Celebration Dinner Dance Fundraiser 


The Haitian-American Solidarity Center (HASC) actively supports, celebrates and honors women of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds who devote their, talents, time and energy for the advancement of humanity; women who make meaningful contributions in society through their leadership and noble acts. 


This year, 5 women will receive Awards for their achievements and contributions to society. Feel free to nominate women you feel should be awarded this year and forward this e-mail to organizations, churches, educational institutions, city, state, county agencies, etc...  A night of Elegance! Great Gourmet Food! Great Fun! Cocktail Hour 5-6 p.m. Artistic Presentations, served hors d'oeuvres, a dinner of your choice, deserts... Dancing until midnight 5 women will be honored for their contributions to humanity...and ......much....much... more    Please remember the deadline for HASC to receive all nominations is February 23, 2014 by 5 p.m. 


WHEN: Sunday, March 23, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


WHERE: St. John Fisher Parish Hall, 4001 North Shore Dr., West Palm Beach
For more information and how to purchase tickets contact: (561) 502-8968 or (561) 308-5349 




2014 Trafficking In America Conference: Restoring Humanity from Modern Day Slavery 


For 10 years we have worked to educate America about the issues surrounding human trafficking.  As Trafficking In America Task Force works to prepare for the 2014 National Trafficking In America Conference we are mindful of all that has been accomplished since we first began our work in 2004. We have seen a tremendous rise in a desire for education and moved from experiencing doors closed in our faces to invitations to present more education. The fruit is now being seen for the many years of persistence and we attribute some of this to the Annual Trafficking In America Conferences. The theme of the 2014 Trafficking In America Conference is Restoring Humanity From Modern Day Slavery.


WHEN:  Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. or Friday July 18, 2014  6:00 p.m.


WHERE: Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach




2014 African-American Achievers Awards


Five extraordinary individuals will be recognized at the 22nd annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony. Presented by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event at the Broward County Convention Center. Established in 1992 by the late Jim Moran, automotive legend and founder of JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, the African-American Achievers awards continues his vision to recognize those who unselfishly invest their time and talents toward building a stronger South Florida community.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2013 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


WHERE: Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.04.13/2014AfricanAmericanAchieversAwards.pdf 


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