January 11, 2016
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week
    Tuesday, January 12, 2015      5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Quit Smoking Now 6 Week Course, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
    Monday, January 11, 2016       6:00 p.m.                    Second Chances Program Open House, Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade
    Tuesday, January 12, 2016      7:30 p.m.                    Live From Nashville, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade
    Wednesday, January 13, 201611:30 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.  Glades S.T.A.R. Children's Mental Health & SBA Meetings, Lakeside Medical Center
    Saturday, January 16, 2016    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Presidents & Their First  Ladies, Dramatically Speaking, Belle Glade Branch Library
    Sunday, January 17, 2016      10:00 a.m.                    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity - Pahokee Ch. Founder Day, Shiloh Missionary Baptist, Pahokee
    Monday, January 18, 2016      10:00 a.m.                   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Lakeshore  Middle School, Belle Glade
Glades Initiative Copying/Faxing Services for Members/Clients OnlyLogo

As of Friday, January 15, 2016 The Glades Initiative will only provide copying and faxing services for Glades Initiative members and clients only. Due to increased demand for these services beyond our capacity, we will no longer provide these services to the community at large.  

To become a member, click here

Glades Initiative Closed Monday, January 18

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Glades Initiative offices will be closed Monday, January 18, 2016.  

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr. 

Read more Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes here
Glades Quit Smoking Now Class ~ New Participants Still Accepted

Quit Smoking Now is a free, six-session group program to help you quit tobacco!  Developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves, the program also includes help for other forms of tobacco such as cigars, dip, and chew.  Free nicotine patches, lozenges, and/or gum are offered (while supplies last), as well as follow-up support.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 5 - February 9, 2016      5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.               

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade

Register Today, Call 1-877-819-2357 or email:  info@eahec.org

The Glades S.T.A.R. Children's Mental Health & Substance Awareness Coalition 

Glades S.T.A.R. Children's Mental Health & Substance Awareness Coalition Meetings

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016       11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Lakeside Medical Center, Administration Board Room, 39200 Hooker Hwy.Belle Glade

Optional Call Number: Call In Number: 888-204-5987 Access Code: 9570856

11:30 am - 1:00 pm          Glades STAR Substance Awareness Coalition Meeting
1:00 pm                           Lunch Provided
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm            Glades STAR Children's Mental Health Subcommittee Meetings
1:30 pm-2:30 pm       Finance and Social Marketing committees
2:30 pm-3:30 pm       Cultural Competency and Wraparound committees
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm            Glades STAR Children's Mental Health Community Partnership Meeting
Diaper Initiative ~ Receive FREE diapers each month  

Ensuring mothers of infants and toddlers have a reliable source of FREE diapers.  A representation will contact you within 48 hours of registering 
2. Click on "Programs "
3. Scroll down and click on "Diaper Initiative"
4. Fill out the form

Contact us at info@YMUniteInc.Org or 561- 318-0355 for more information.  Click here for flyer.

Higher Education Scholarship for Mothers

Creating a Movement of Support to Assist in the Advancement of Mothers.  APPLY TODAY for the Higher Education Scholarship for Mothers. Deadline: March 1st, 2016  Available to College Mothers who are incoming or current undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate students for the year of 2016-2017.  Award Amount Varies.  

Submission Instructions: Submit an essay with a biography in 250 words or less to info@ymuniteinc.org or apply online at YMUniteInc.Org

Click here for their flyer.
Open House: Second Chances Program Prepares You for High School Diploma

Join Palm Beach State College - Belle Glade Campus for Your Second Chance! Second Chances is a program that provides focused, embedded instruction in English, reading, and math to prepare students to fulfill requirements for a standard high school diploma. 

NEW FOR SPRING: All students must take a placement test prior to registering for class. The placement test will be available at the Open House for a limited number of students. We encourage students to attend the Open House to take the placement test that night. During the program, students will receive test taking strategies, academic advising, and career information to assist them with preparing for their futures.

Spring 2016: February 15-March 31 Class Times: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-12:00 noon   5:30-8:30 p.m.  No classes week of March 7 (PBSC Spring Break or week of March 21 (School District Spring Break)

WHEN:  Monday, January 11, 2016                        6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade Campus, Room TEC 109                       Click here for flyer

For more information, call 561.993.1187   Sponsored by Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida

Live from Nashville Comes to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center!

Direct from Music City comes Live from Nashville, a troupe of singers, dancers, a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and rhinestone-bedecked costumes-all designed to celebrate a century of celebrities and treasured songs. This incredible theatrical production brings phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork and top-flight vocals to the theater in a trip through some of country's greatest music-songs brought to life by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and more.

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 12, 2016                    7:30 pm 

WHERE:  The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach State College,1977 College Drive,  
                Belle Glade. 

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org.
Presidents and Their First Ladies: Dramatically Speaking, Ronald & Nancy Reagan

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Mary Lou Berger, Mayor; Hal R. Valeche, Vice Mayor; Paulette Burdick; Shelley Vana; Steven L. Abrams; Melissa McKinlay; Priscilla A. Taylor Present: Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking.  

Ronald and Nancy Reagan Ronald Reagan may seem to have had the most unusual background of any American President but he actually came to the office with great executive experience having headed the Screen Actors Guild union and then state of California as Governor. His eight years as President were filled with notable events: the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet Union, a tremendous economic recovery, the rise of Islamic terrorism, and the Iran-Contra affair. Beside him was his loving wife Nancy who had to struggle being mother to a blended family, suffer through the assassination attempt on her husband, and eventually deal with her own physical difficulties. Theirs is truly a great love story. The story of Reagan's time in the White House with his wife Nancy is brought to life by the veteran acting and writing team of husband and wife William and Sue Wills. 

Their engaging performance is a "must see" for history buffs, students, and anyone interested in human-interest stories. 

WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2016  11:00 am - 12:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Belle Glade Branch, 725 NW 4th St., Belle Glade 

Preregistration begins Tuesday, Jan 05, at 10:00 am, in person, or online at www.pbclibrary.org/presidents-2016.  Click here for flyer
Pahokee Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Annual Founder's Day Service

Pahokee Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will be having their Annual Founder's Day Service

WHEN: Sunday, January 17, 2016          10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 187 E 5th Street, Pahokee

Participate in the City of Belle Glade's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

The City of Belle Glade invites you to participate in the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade to be 
held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  This year's theme is "The Courage to Love with Unity." 

If you are interested in entering a float, car or walking unit in the parade, please complete the attached form and return to any member of the committee or to Mary O. Evans at the City of Belle Glade by email mevans@belleglade-fl.com or fax (561) 992-2221 by Tuesday, January 12, 2016.  
This year we will have a contest for floats only. If you desire to have your float judged, please check the appropriate box on the entry form.

WHEN:   Monday, January 18, 2016                  10:00 a.m.   Parade line up 9:00 a.m. 

WHERE:  The Parade line up begins at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Shore Middle School 

MLK Program immediately following the parade at the loading ramp.  

Click here for information about this year's Parade Marshals, Mr. Getchrell Singleton and Ms. Gladys Singleton

The 2016 Committee members are Mary O. Evans, Chairperson, Mayor Steve Wilson, Mrs. Barbara Davis, Reverend Willie Lawrence, Mr. Eddie Rhodes, Mr. Kevin Wright, Mr. Jerome Govan, Ms. Jessie Terry, Ms. Mary Jackson, Mrs. Arrie Patrick, Officer Rivera and Officer Gaudreau.

English Exchange Classes in Belle Glade & Pahokee

business_shaking_hands.jpgEnglish Exchange classes in Pahokee! Come to the Loula V. York library to practice your English skills. Classes begin Monday, January 11 , 2016 from 12:30-2:30. Basic understanding of English is required. Contact Elizabeth Braunworth at 561-681-4074 for more information!

WHEN:  Monday, January 11, 2016              12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  Loula V. York Library, Pahokee

English Exchange classes in Belle Glade! Come to the Belle Glade library to practice your English skills. Classes begin Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 1:00-3:00. Basic understanding of English is required. Contact Elizabeth Braunworth at 561-681-4074 for more information!

WHEN:  Thursday, January 14, 2016            1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade

City of Pahokee's State of the City

Join the City of Pahokee on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pahokee Marina, for a special event to celebrate, support and showcase the beautiful City of Pahokee surrounding the Annual State of the City!  This community event will offer important updates by our city leaders, detailing Pahokee's economic, educational, and cultural developments, and what to look forward to from the City for 2016 and beyond.

City Manager Chandler Williamson will share his clear vision for the future of Pahokee during his address, offering updates on new developments and opportunities, as well as what it will take to transform Pahokee into a "City That Works For Everyone." Attendance is complimentary and lunch will be served.  

Monday, January 25, 2016    
11:00 a.m.  

WHERE:  Pahokee Marina, 190 Lake Avenue, Pahokee

RSVP online at cityofpahokee.com or to The Mosaic Group at events@upscalebymosiac.com
or (561) 290-6739

6th Annual Loop the Lake for Literacy

A cycling event benefiting the programs of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.  Lake Okeechobee is the second largest lake in the United States. The view is stunning and it's a great place for a bicycle ride. Event routes are set up for both the beginner and the advanced rider-including chip timing. Choose the ride best suited to your abilities and come on out for a day of fun. Join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016 as we Loop the Lake for Literacy!

Choose one of four scenic rides:

14 mile "Sonnet" Ride
34 mile "Short Story" Ride
68 mile "Classic" Ride
115 mile "Epic" Ride - Full Loop

All Participants will receive an official Loop the Lake T-shirt, a Medal for all riders, Breakfast and Lunch, Awards for highest Individual and Team fundraisers, Fully supported rest and water stops, and traveling support for Full Loopers, Chip timing and ride statistics

WHEN:  Saturday, February 6, 2016    6:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast   7:00 a.m. Full Loop start time.  

WHERE:  All rides will begin and end at the Port Mayaca Locks (North Side).  

For more information, visit www.LooptheLakeForLiteracy.org

Job Opportunities



Rising Leaders Service Learning Projects

For almost 10 years, Nonprofits First has proudly welcomed a class of future nonprofit leaders to our Rising Leaders program. Through service learning projects, submitted by our community partners, they are providing these Rising Leaders with opportunities to work collaboratively with organizations and professionals throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties...it has been a great benefit for them and the organizations they serve. 

From February through May, a group of 5 to 6 members of the Rising Leaders program participants will dedicate time to addressing a challenge your organization currently faces. Final projects will be presented to you and fellow class members at the conclusion of Rising Leaders 2015-2016 in June. Their 2015-2016 Rising Leaders class has been selected and Nonprofits First is currently accepting proposals for service learning projects through January 13, 2016. 

Listed below are a few proposed topics from previous years:
  • HR Manuals/Policies
  • Board Roles/Responsibilities
  • Succession Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Budgeting
  • Marketing Campaigns
  • Generating Earned Income for Nonprofits
As this is not a complete list of possible topics, they encourage you to submit a proposal based on one of the above or other need(s) of your organization.  Please submit your service learning project proposal by visiting Rising Leaders Service Learning Project.

Any questions, please call Shari Jennings at 561-910-5069 or email:  sjennings@nonprofitsfirst.org

QuickBooks 101 - A Comprehensive Introduction and Much, Much More

This introduction to QuickBooks workshop is designed to teach you the basics of QuickBooks to use in running your business. The workshop is much more than just a cursory overview and will help you to understand:

*QuickBooks capabilities
*Versions of QuickBooks that are available
*Chart of Accounts
*Items List and how to set up QuickBooks Items
*Purchase orders and receiving merchandise
*How to add new customers and manage existing ones
*Entering sales receipts and invoices

*Entering and paying bills
*Receiving payments and making deposits
*Payroll and why it may not want to do this yourself
*Counting and adjusting inventory
*Generating reports and financial statements
*... and much more

Instructors Jane and Bob Bloom. Cost $30 in advance, $50 at the door.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016   5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach

Register NOW!

Intellectual Property - Patents, Trademarks & Copyright Law for Small Business

As you grow your business you build value in its name, logos, trademarks, and bylines. They can be as valuable as the reputation and profit levels. Are you in a creative business? Designers, illustrators, painters, software engineers, writers, authors can all create works with long lasting value. Are you an inventor? How do establish proof of ownership of your invention? Attend this workshop and learn:
* Whether or not you need protection for your intellectual property
* If so, which methods are appropriate to your situation
* What processes are involved
* How much you can do yourself and at what point a lawyer might be needed
* The timelines involved
By investing a few hours in this workshop, you will have up-to-date information on a key issue that you should address to decide if you need to protect or enhance the value of your business for any intellectual property that you have developed.  Instructor:  Divya Khullar 

Cost:  $30 In Advance   $50 At the Door

WHEN:  Thursday January 14, 2016   5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach

Stop Human Trafficking Event

Sponsored by Soroptimist International of The Palm Beaches Speakers from The Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Coalition

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016                 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Springs Public Library, 217 Cypress Lane, Palm Springs

For more information contact Cathy Iho, Soroptimist International of The Palm Beaches: tennisciho@att.net or call (561)798-2318


FAU's Autism Speaker Series:  

FAU's Center for Autism and Related Disorders - CARD's goal is to optimize the potential of the individuals we serve by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize. Visit us at: www.autism.fau.edu If an accommodation(s) for a disability is required , please call 561-297-2055 or e-mail us at CARD@fau.edu, a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the date of the event.

John Elder Robison grew up with Asperger's, at a time when the diagnosis didn't exist, and with no inkling of how to pass for normal. (He was finally diagnosed at age forty.) In his incredibly readable, bestselling memoir, Look Me In the Eye, Robison recounts his incredible life, with illuminating insight. The book was named one of the top books of the year by Amazon, was listed in Publisher's Weekly as one of the top selling books in America for three years in a row, and was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award.  Robison's latest book, Be Different is an honest, darkly humorous glimpse of Asperger's as a difference, not a disability. Beyond the real-life tales on its pages, Be Different offers practical advice for parents and educator he captures the irreducible strangeness of the human mind and the irrepressible strength of the human spirit -- and provides us a fresh perspective on the autism now afflicting so many children. In his talks, Robison, an adjunct professor at Elms College in Massachusetts, details how he overcame enormous odds to lead a fulfilling life: from an anti-social child to a successful father now running a multi-million dollar car specialty shop and his own photography business. Though his life is unique -- he's designed guitars for KISS and toys for Milton Bradley -- it's equally rich with clues to both spotting autism in children and harnessing the best from those already diagnosed. (Autistic kids excel at math, in engineering, and with technology.)  

Registration is required.  Please note that registration will end on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2016            6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  FAU, Boca Raton Campus - Stadium Acura Club, Boca Raton

For information of future sessions in the series, click here

SNAP Work Requirements - Informational Session

An informational session covering SNAP work requirements for abled-bodied adults without dependents has been scheduled. Effective January 1, 2016, food assistance work requirements will start again for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD). The requirements stopped in 2009 due to the poor economy, but federal law requires that these rules begin again. Department of Children and Families is providing an additional session for the training at the following time and location:

WHEN:  Thursday, January 14, 2016   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

WHERE: 111 S. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach, Third Floor/Conference Room 1

Please RSVP to Teresa.Janeczek@myflfamilies.com with the name of the staff from your organization who will be attending. There is parking across the street at 810 Datura St. on the west side of the building. All of the parking on the street is metered parking which costs 25 cents for 20 minutes. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast

Keynote Speaker: Olympic Gold Medalist, Lucinda Adams.  Awards will be presented to the participants of the MLK Essay Contest, and the high school winner of the Oratorical Contest will present his or her winning speech.  Adults $45 Students $25

WHEN:  Monday, January 18, 2016    8:00 a.m.

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

For more information, call (561) 832-4682    or visit http://www.mlkcc-1444.org/
Free Nonprofit Workshops at the Palm Beach County Library 

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of the different types of corporate giving, what motivates corporations to give, and how to find potential corporate partners. Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is suggested. Presented by Louis Milone, Director, Foundation Center Atlanta.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 20, 2016     1;00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

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

Proposal Writing Basics

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grant-seeking process, what is included in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, tips for communicating with funders during the grant process, and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 1, 2016             9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

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

Introduction to Finding Grants
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including who funds nonprofits and what their motivations are, what funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding, and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach. We'll discuss the basics of grantseeking, plus review how to use the Foundation Directory Online database most effectively. Presented by Liz Locke, Palm Beach County Library.
WHEN: Thursday, February, 11, 2016    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
The workshops will be held at the Main branch of the library at 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Preregistration is required; by calling the Main Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System at 561.233.2600 or email;  lockee@pbclibrary.org
SandyPines Spring Training Series for Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

Sandy Pines is excited to welcome back Nancy Gordon, LCSW of the Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  Nancy will be presenting the Spring Series for Dialectical Behavior Therapy in two 2-day sessions.  28 total Continuing Education Credits for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, LPN, RN, ARNP, Psy.D. & Ph.D.  

Registration is limited to the first 60 attendees,  All training materials included,  Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks included, On-site Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged, Early Bird Discounted Registration until January 22nd.

WHEN:  Session 1 Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Tuesday February 9-10, 2016         8:30  a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   
WHEN:  Session 2 Skills Practice for Dialectical Behavior Therapy Tuesday, March 8-9, 2016     8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  SandyPines Gymnasium, 11301 SE Tequesta Terrace, Tequesta

Click here to Register or for more information
Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting

The 10th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium and 39th National Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting is the premier Sickle Cell Disease Conference, offering an unbeatable combination of benefits: attend leg ulcer and investigational drug symposia and specialty tracks; participate in interactive educational workshops; peruse the exhibit hall.

The Conference provides attendees and companies from around the world a unique opportunity to come together and discuss sickle cell disease.

Text "2016SYMPOSIUM" to 41411 to receive updates.  ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CLOSES FEBRUARY 26, 2016

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 15 - Friday, April 18, 2016  

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

Click here to register or for more information.

Receive hotel link upon registration:  Hyatt Regency Pier 66 ($179 per night)- Official Conference Hotel | Sickle Cell Research Society of America (SCRSA) Membership guarantees stay at the Official Conference Hotel | Transportation bus service will be provided to the venue. 

For information about sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising, visit our Corporate Opportunities page.

Commonwealth Fund: Expanding Medicaid Improves Access to Care 

A new Commonwealth Fund-supported study published in Health Affairs finds that in states that 
expanded Medicaid coverage, either by traditional means or through the so-called private option, low-income adults are better able to  get insurance coverage, afford needed health services, and obtain regular care for chronic conditions.

According to researchers Benjamin D. Sommers, M.D., Robert J. Blendon, and E. John Orav, in Kentucky and Arkansas, which both expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, the proportion of people who reported they struggled to pay medical bills or were unable to fill a prescription because of the cost fell significantly more than in Texas, which did not expand Medicaid. And the 
proportion of residents not able to fill a prescription because of the cost fell nearly 10 points more in the two expansion states between 2013 and 2014.

The study's results "suggest that deciding whether or not to expand matters much more than deciding how to expand," the authors say.

Children's Service's Council's Monday Morning Update

Click here for Jan. 11, 2016 Issue

Previous Postings GLADES AREA

Vendor Applications Open for 2016 Summer Camp Scholarship Program

Palm Beach County Youth Services Department is accepting vendor applications for the Summer Camp Scholarship Program. Camps must apply to participate in the 2016 Summer Camp Scholarship Program. The program provides full-tuition and fees for summer camp for children residing in families with income at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. It allows parents to work with the knowledge that their children are safe and gives children educational and recreational opportunities for growth. Parents may choose from participating camps in Palm Beach County. 

To apply, please click here. For more information on the Summer Camp Scholarship Program, please click here.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Jacqueline Burke at email:  JMBurke@pbcgov.org

Adult and Community Education - Palm Beach County Schools Winter Catalog

Glades Central High School and CareerSource Belle Glade Courses Offered:
  • GED
  • TABE and GED Practice Test
  • ESOL
  • Senior Bellydance for 55-90 Years Young
  • Line Dance and Zumba
  • Wills and Trusts
Click here for more details

City of Pahokee's 2015 Holiday Home Decoration Contest Winners Announced
     1st Place: Mike Meister 
     2nd Place: Bernice Bell
     3rd Place: Thelma Muniz 

     The City of Pahokee appreciates all participants.

New SNAP Employment & Training Program Begins Jan. 4 in Belle Glade

Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, CareerSource Palm Beach County is required to implement the SNAP
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Employment & Training program for participants who
are classified as able-bodied adults without dependents in Palm Beach County.  
Participants who are able-bodied adults without dependents in this classification are between 18 and 49 years old, work less than 30 hours a week with wages below $217.50 per week, not attending school and without medical limitations. There are 18,057 participants in this category in Palm Beach County.
"To continue receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits in Florida after Jan. 1, these participants must complete a registration process and comply with an 80 hours/month (20 hours/week) work program,"said Dina Hill, Director of Client Services. 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will send letters to participants to notify them of these requirements. Once they have completed registration along with an online orientation, assessment and job search training, they will receive an appointment letter to meet with a career consultant at any of two SNAP Employment & Training office locations - in West Palm Beach at 1764 North Congress Avenue, Suite 204; and in Belle Glade at 1085 South Main Street. Inquiries about Employment &Training should be directed to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at WT.SNAPPrograminfo@deo.myflorida.com or 855-212-0880.

The Florida Department of Children and Families will be responsible for approving or denying benefits, including determining exemptions for "good cause," meeting/not meeting work requirements, exemptions from work requirements and determining unfitness for work claims. Inquiries about Benefit Eligibility and Sanction should be directed to the Florida Department of Children and Families at www.myflfamilies.org or 866-762-2237.

"It's important for participants to know that CareerSource is not responsible for approving or denying food stamp benefits. Our responsibility is to ensure that all participants referred to us are in compliance with the work program requirement, as well as tracking and reporting," said Ms. Hill. "The objective is to help participants gain skills, training and/or work experience that will increase their ability to move directly into employment."

PEPPI Head Start Accepting Applications

PEPPI HEAD START Is now accepting applications for 3 and 4 year olds to be added to our wait list. Child must be 3 on or before September 1st of the current school year.  Services Available: Preschool Education, VPK, Family Advocacy, Health and Disability Services, Nutritional Meals and Snacks, Field Trips.  Mission Statement:  To educate, equip, and empower children, families and staff through partnerships and efficient data driven systems to close the achievement gap. "Give your child a Head Start"

To apply today, please visit PEPPI Head Start at: 301 SW 8301 8th Street, Belle Glade or call
 (561)  996--1718.  (Spaces are limited, please don't delay )  

Prime Time Middle School Initiative

Prime Time is now offering supports and services to out-of-school time (OST) programs with middle school-age youth. Prime Time Palm Beach County can help you strengthen out-of-school time programs by offering the following: 

 * Program assessment, tailored coaching and feedback for program continuous improvement
* Staff training and opportunities to earn college credits
* Enrichment programming from content experts in the arts, technology and video production
* Opportunities to participate in the Prime Time Youth Advisory Council
* Monetary incentives for staff

Prime Time is very excited to offer resources designed for out-of-school time programs with middle school-age youth. If you are interested in
becoming part of Prime Time Palm Beach County's network of OST providers, please fill out a Prime Time QIS Interest Form.

Broadway Star Jarrod Spector Comes to the Dolly Hand 

Jarrod Spector played "Frankie Valli" in Broadway's "Jersey Boys" for 5 years and over 1500 performances and is currently playing the role of Barry Mann in "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical", for which he received a Tony Award Nomination. His new show traces the sound that Frankie had...from Caruso, The Beach Boys, Little Jimmy Scott, Wham and Little Richard up to Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and Queen. This entertaining performance includes such classic songs as "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Don't You Worry About A Thing", "Faith", "Uptown Girl" as well as several Four Seasons hits including "C'Mon Marianne", "Beggin" and more. Featuring a full band and back-up singers, Jarrod will take you on a joyous ride of great songs everyone knows and he'll tell you a vivid story about his time as the iconic Valli.

WHEN:   Friday, January 22, 2016                7:30 pm

WHERE: The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. 

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org.

Palm Beach County Office Community Revitalization offering a five-week course

Palm Beach County Office Community Revitalization is offering a five-week course Resident Education to Action Program (REAP), hands-on educational program providing community revitalization and civic leadership development training. This program is intended to help residents who are interested in improving their neighborhoods.

WHEN: Thursdays, January 28 - February 25, 2015               6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pahokee Wellness Center, 306 E. Main Street, Pahokee

View link for more details and other location: http://www.pbcgov.com/ocr/programs/reap/

Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting
Speaker: Mrs. Verdenia Baker County Administrator Palm Beach County

WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2016          9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 N.W. 4th Street, Belle Glade

Minority Scholarship Program for Journalism

The Palm Beach Post is now accepting applications for the 2016 Minority Scholarship Program in Journalism. This program was established to help identify and assist minority students journalists in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  For this program, minority is defined as Alaskan Native, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander.  The purpose is to provide financial support and practical experience for these students. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.
This scholarship is separate from the Pathfinder Scholarship Program, although winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony on May 10, 2016.  Eligible Pathfinder Nominees may also apply for the Minority Scholarship Program in Journalism.
Completed application packets should be sent to:          Minority Scholarship Program in Journalism
                                                                      The Palm Beach Post
                                                                      2751 South Dixie Highway
                                                                      West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Feel free to contact Keely Gideon-Taylor  561.820.3944 Email:  ktaylor@pbpost.com with any questions.  


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211 Helpline's Winter Updates

Equity Crowdfunding Training

Equity Crowdfunding is a new opportunity for raising funds that can be of great advantage to new or growing businesses. This workshop will provide information on four types of crowdfunding: Lending, Reward, Donation and Equity and we will help you understand if one of these types is right for you. We will also cover the JOBS Act, which is establishing new regulations for equity crowdfunding, and we'll provide you with some basic strategies and tips for running a crowdfunding campaign. Instructor:  Zachariah Evangelista. Cost $30.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 20, 2016     6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach

Hot Topic Luncheon: Health Care in Florida

Speaker: Dena Gross Leavengood, LWVF Chair for study and action program on Health Care in Florida. Learn the latest facts and statistics, hear about the gaps in coverage, review the proposed solutions.  

Cost:$20 if reservation is made prior to Thursday, January 14, 2016.   
Cost for late reservations or walk-ins is $30 per person.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 20, 2016     11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd., Atlantis

RSVP and pay online at lwvpbc.org or call Estelle Friedman, 561-968-4123  (You can mail Estelle a check before November 12 at 3820 S. 55th Ave., Greenacres, FL 33463)

* DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  From I-95, exit 61 on Lantana Blvd. Go west to Congress Ave. and go right to the 2nd light (JFK Blvd.) and go left. Go to the guard gate and say you are going to Atlantis Country Club. Take an immediate right and the club is 1/4 mile on your right.

The Barbara Bush Foundation's Early Learning Summit

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will host a special event focused on early learning. In this two-part workshop, teaching and learning experts from the Momentous Institute will explore current brain research and its relevance to learning and social emotional health, emphasizing strategies for creating brain-friendly environments, experiences and interactions. The Foundation is also partnering with the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County on this statewide summit.

Click here to view the event schedule and to register. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 26, 2016     8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

For questions regarding the event, please contact Kelly Layman, Barbara Bush Foundation at Kelly.Layman@BarbaraBush.org.

Free Workshop: What Can Your IRS Form 990 Do For You?

Nonprofit Financial Management Network (NFM Network), in partnership with Daszkal Bolton, invites you to attend a FREE workshop about your nonprofit organization's IRS Nonprofit Information Form 990. Topics to be covered include:
  • Key components of Form 990 to highlight organization's accomplishments
  • How to review a Form 990 as a nonprofit executive
  • IRS Tax Update - identify tax changes during 2015 that directly impact nonprofit organizations
  • Review IRS pronouncements, tax court cases, and changes to form instructions that affect the reporting of tax information on Form 990
  • Reconciliation of Form 990 to the audited financials and how the audited financials impact the 990 to include changes in reporting
  • Unrelated Business Income overview
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on nonprofit organizations
*This course qualifies for Accounting & Auditing CPE Credit for Florida CPAs. Written proof of attendance will be supplied. 

WHEN:   Wednesday, 
January 27, 2016                
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

WHERE:  Quantum Foundation, 2701 N Australian Avenue, #200,  West Palm Beach

Click here to Register

For more information, Contact:  Josh Hirsch at email: jhirsch@nonprofitsfirst.org  Phone: 561-214-7435
Children's Services Council's Monday Morning Update

Fearless Caregiver Conference

Overwhelmed by caregiving challenges? My family members won't help! My adult child will never be independent, I can't balance family, work & caregiving, Dad won't stop driving Mom doesn't listen to me... Bring your questions to the experts

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.     Limited FREE Tickets

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 17, 2016       11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Lunch Included

WHERE: West Palm Beach Marriott. 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Questions? 954-362-8126                      Register at Caregiver.com

Sign up for The Arc of Palm Beach County's Inclusion Training Today!
The goal of The Arc's inclusion training is to ensure afterschool programming is as accessible to children with special needs as it is for any child in Palm Beach County. Afterschool practitioners benefit by attending trainings on disabilities, sensitivity and inclusion strategies, including:
o Introduction to Inclusion
o Inclusion Strategies
o Understanding Disabilities
o ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
o Sensitivity

These hands-on trainings, which are no cost to the programs, include intervention strategies with children with special needs at your program (request only).

Contact: Rhonda Wynds, Community Inclusion Specialist  561-842-3213 to schedule a training. 

Help Make Palm Beach County a Community for ALL!
YMCA of South Palm Beach County Programming for the New Year

YMCA of South Palm Beach County is now accepting requests for Physical Activity & Wellness Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs), starting January 2016. You can access the ELO Request Form by visiting www.ymcaspbc.org. Click "Boynton Beach Y," then drop down to "After School Programs" and scroll to the bottom to find the links for the ELO program menu and request form.

Please complete the Request Form electronically.   For more information, please contact Sara Jones- sjones@ymcaspbc.org.

Residential Rehabilitation Program - City of West Palm Beach

The City of West Palm Beach announces the availability of approximately $475,000 in funding from federal 
and state grants allocated to the Cit y to address owner occupied residential repair needs for low to moderate income households. This limited funding is made available through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP). In addition, the City of West Palm Beach will make available approximately $50,000 in SHIP Program funds for the Housing Stabilization Program.

RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM:  The Residential Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide financial assistance to homeowners to address repair items that compromise the life, health, and/or safety of the household. Assistance is in the form of a 0% interest, deferred payment loan up to $50,000. Households must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 80% Area Median Income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the jurisdiction of Palm Beach, FL. The applicable low-income limits for determining program eligibility are published by HUD in the federal register and are updated annually.

Click here for flyer.

Three Part Ethical Empowerment Series - Palm Beach State College

The Ethics Connections Program is a three-part ethical empowerment series designed to connect you with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities to live and work with integrity in today's  rapidly emerging "ethical frontier". Dynamic changes in technology, science, and an increasingly global society are creating an expanding "gray area" of complex ethical dilemmas beyond our existing laws and policies, or even our own basic understanding! 

Navigating this "New Normal" successfully will require a finely tuned moral compass that is intentionally developed and consistently maintained on a regular basis. The Ethics Connections Program offers you a path to understanding the role of ethical values in action and developing strategies to apply them effectively to your personal and professional life through awareness, approaches, and action. *Participants who complete each of the three sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion

 following the final session.

Ethical Excellence Seminar AWARENESS: Experience this highly interactive session that provides the tools, skills, and strategies to recognize and address a broad range of emerging ethical challenges, blind spots that can derail your decision making, and an act
ion plan for sustained ethical readiness you can apply both at work and at home. (4 hours)

WHEN:  Friday, January 22, 2016        8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

Ethical Lens Inventory™ Seminar APPROACHES: Combine a powerful personal assessment survey with this interactive seminar to help you understand the values that influence ethical reasoning and choices, as well as how you and others prioritize values when making ethical decisions. (4 hours)  *Registration begins Monday, February 8, 2016 

WHEN:  Friday, February 26, 2016              8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

Giving Voice to Values Seminar ACTION: We often believe we know what is right and want to do it, but experience external pressures to do otherwise. Learn practical approaches to recognize, clarify, speak, and effectively act on your values when those conflicts arise. (4 hours)
*Registration begins Monday, February 29, 2016 

WHEN:  Friday, March 18, 2016           8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

For more information on future sessions and to register, click here 
Free Mental Health Helpline

Know someone who needs help? Want a free mental health screening? Need a referral for one of the many great local counselors in Palm Beach County? We are here to listen if you would like to talk. Call: 561-801-HELP (4357)

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone who cares or needs help finding mental health or substance abuse services, please call our free Helpline. This free resource and referral line was created to connect community members to a trained member of our support team, who will talk with you and connect you to resources that can help.

Mental Health GPS (Guiding People to Services) Our Helpline is staffed by certified Peer mentors and clinical staff who are able to guide those in need help. So pass it on to anyone you meet who is struggling with or recovering from mental illness, because no one should suffer because they didn't know who to call. Anyone can call and talk to an operator now between 8:30 AM and 8:00 PM. Call now!

561-801-HELP (4357)

Announcing Prime Time's  2016 Resource Fair 

The 2016 Resource Fair offers valuable ideas, opportunities to make great connections with other out-of-school-time professionals, and exciting give-a-ways! Best of all...it's free! Take back as many ideas as you can carry. Mark your calendar to schedule bookings. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity for anyone devoted to providing fun and engaging activities for youth. The Resource Fair is presented the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.
For more information, click here.

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 26, 2016                 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pompey Park Community Center, 1101 NW 2nd Street, Delray Beach

To register, click here.

Monday Morning Update - Children's Services Council

Posting Information to our Eblast & Volunteering

Anyone wishing to add their local announcements or events is welcome to submit their information by Friday to be posted the following week. Please include a brief summary of the information to be posted with your contact name, phone number and/or flyer. If you want to submit a posting please email us at updates@gladesinitiative.org or (561) 996-3310.


If you would like to submit your volunteer opportunities on our site below, please email us at volunteer@gladesinitiative.org


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           additional activities scheduled in the Glades area:                                 or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades



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