May 10, 2016
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week

  Tuesday, May 10, 2016
   5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  Toastmasters,Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
  Tuesday, May 10, 2016   6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.  West Tech Open House, West Tech Center, Belle Glade
  Friday, May 13-14, 2016  6:00 p.m.                 The Glades Relay for Life, Pahokee Parks and Recreation  
  Saturday, May 14, 2016  8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 24th Annual Letter Carrier's "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive, Local Post Office
  Saturday, May 14, 2016  6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.    Pahokee Chamber of Commerce Annual Award Dinner, Pahokee Marina 

  Farm Share food distribution in Pahokee on Thursday May 12, 2016 has been cancelled this week


WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL
West Tech Open House

West Tech Pre Apprenticeship Program invites you to our Open House. Ready for Learning, Ready for Work, Ready for Life Learn Welding, Electrical, and HVAC! + Earn a GEDŽ Join us for a tour of the classes and training labs. Give us a small investment of your time and we will give you a jump start on your career path! Classes begin October, 2016

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

WHERE: West Technical Education Center, 2625 STATE ROAD 715, Belle Glade FL

For more information call: 561-842-1063

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The Glades Relay for Life
You can make a difference by... Joining us in the fight against cancer! Fun, Food and Entertainment
WHEN: Friday, May 13 -14, 2016 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Parks & Recreation Center Field 6:00 p.m.
Click here for more details and how to register
24th Annual Letter Carrier's "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive: Largest one-day food drive in America

Leave food in a bag outside of your door or drop off at your local Post Office. Last year's drive collected more than 70 million pounds of non-perishable food. All food collected stays local and is distributed by Palm Beach County Food Bank and Feeding South Florida. The Letter Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive is the largest, single-day food drive in the US, and one of the easiest ways to make a difference in your community! 

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016

WHERE: Your Local Post Office or your own mail box 
Pahokee Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner

The Pahokee Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner theme this year will be "Groovy 60's" so put on your bell bottom jeans, tie-dyed shirt, love beads, a flower in your hair and join us for this fun event. Tickets are $35.00 and include a dinner of steak, baked potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob, salad, rolls, dessert and a drink for $35.00.
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pahokee Marina and Campground, 207 Begonia Drive, Pahokee, FL

Contact for more information Regina Bohlen: 561-924-5579, 954-439-2897, or 

Palm Beach State College Introduction to Archaeology

Examine the history and methodology of archaeology, a sub-discipline of anthropology. Students learn archaeological concepts and procedures and see how they are used to make and study findings to illuminate the past. Scrutinize archaeology's application in the modern world by working through ethical issues and practical challenges that confront archaeologists today. Summer A Session 2016 Course Availability
WHEN: Monday May 16-June 27, 2016

WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade FL
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Dedication in Honor of Ahmed Barhoush

Please join us for a Dedication of Ahmed Barhoush, MD
WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2016 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy (2nd Floor OB Lobby), Belle Glade, FL 33430
For more information and to RSVP call Terri: (561)996-6571 ext. 8444

Charles Duval Appointed Director of Corporate Partnerships and Business Solutions for CareerSource Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach, Fla. (May 5, 2016) - CareerSource Palm Beach County announced today that Charles Duval was named Director of Corporate Partnerships and Business Solutions, reporting to President and CEO Steve Craig. Mr. Duval will have overall responsibility for CareerSource operations in western Palm Beach County, including the West Career Center located in Belle Glade where area residents and employers are assisted with employment and training activities.  

Mr. Duval most recently served as West Career Center Manager and community liaison for the Glades communities. In addition to those responsibilities, he will direct county operations in all areas west of the Florida Turnpike to deliver the programs and services businesses need while maintaining productive relationships with industry, business and community agencies.

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AT&T Affordable Home Internet Incredible Opportunities

The digital world is full of possibilities. AT&T is making it easier to connect to friends, family, and the things that matter most.If at least one person in your household is a SNAP* participant, you may qualify for 10Mbps home Internet service at our discounted $10 rate.**
Access from AT&T takes you online so you can:
* Do homework
* Search for jobs
* Pay bills
* Find news, information and entertainment
And a whole lot more! Plus, there's NO commitment, NO deposit and NO installation fee. Get an in-home Wi-Fi gateway and access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network - INCLUDED at no extra cost.
Click here for more information:
Click here for application check list

Good News in the Glades:Pahokee valedictorian headed to Duke thanks to Gates scholarship

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Ashley Wilson, 17

Not many people can remember the grade they got in second grade for reading, or in sixth grade for science or as a freshman for history, but for Ashley Wilson, that's easy, she's been making straight As since she was in kindergarten.

Ashley Wilson is the 2016 valedictorian of Pahokee High School.

So it came as no surprise that the 17-year-old Belle Glade resident is Pahokee High School's valedictorian.
"Of course I was excited," said Wilson. "But there was also a sort of confirmation and feeling of security."

PBC Food Bank looking for Volunteers -24th Annual Letter Carrier's "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive: Largest one-day food drive in America

Leave food in a bag outside of your door or drop off at your local Post Office. Last year's drive collected more than 70 million pounds of non-perishable food. All food collected stays local and is distributed by Palm Beach County Food Bank and Feeding South Florida. The Letter Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive is the largest, single-day food drive in the US, and one of the easiest ways to make a difference in your community! 

We will need volunteers to help out unload mail trucks at the following Post Offices:
*        Tequesta Post Office, 401 Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter, FL 33469
*        Jupiter Post Office, 1095 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458
*        Palm Beach Gardens Post Office, 3330 Fairchild Gardens Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 3341
*        Riviera Beach Post Office, 1905 W Blue Heron Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33404

Please note: volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to participate.

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016

WHERE: Your Local Post Office

Registration is now available at

Click here for more details

The Bi-Annual Palm Beach County Hunger Relief and Food Security

System Update meeting & discussion

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2016 10:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

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

For more information and to RSVP:

Click here for agenda: 

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida

The National Center for Victims of Crime, in conjunction with Florida Sheriffs Association, The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The Chiefs of Police, MADD and St. Thomas School of Law, will be offering a free training seminar for criminal justice practitioners, victim advocates, mental health therapists and other allied professionals. The seminar, Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida, will explore how victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, child sex abuse, drunk driving, homicide, workplace violence, terrorism, elder abuse, identity theft and financial and property crimes can use civil lawsuits to obtain justice, hold responsible parties accountable, prevent future crimes, and obtain the financial resources victims need to rebuild their lives. The program will cover resources and strategies for victims considering civil lawsuits, and will include a panel of attorneys to answer specific questions of Florida law.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Lake Pavilion, 101 South Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here for more details
Preventing Child Bullying In Schools and In the Community

Dr. Susan Limber is the Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor at Clemson University and a national leader in efforts to prevent bullying. She is one of the key developers of the National Bullying Prevention Campaign, aimed at "tweens" or children between the ages of 9 and 13. This is the key age for preventing bullying. Dr. Limber will address the impacts of bullying on both the child who is bullied and the bully and on other children with special reference to vulnerable children such as children with autism and other disabilities. She will also describe the Olweus Program, the most widely used and effective evidence based anti-bullying program in the world. This program targets multiple systems calling for school and community wide efforts to combat

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL

Click here for more detail 

Monday Morning Updates May 9, 2016

Previous Postings GLADES AREA
2016 Putting Kids First: Community Back To School Bash - Registration Deadline Is June 17th

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 Putting Kids First: Community Back to School Bash!  This wonderful annual event will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at six (6) locations throughout the County, and we need your assistance with registering all kids in need in our Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) communities. As you probably know, the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) has been partnering with the Community Back to School Bash (CBSB) collaborative to provide school supplies to kids in need from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The program is a countywide initiative of government working in partnership with the Community Back to School Bash (BASH) and other community service organizations to provide children in need with school supplies and backpacks.  The program is implemented through an annual event funded by Palm Beach County and the CBSB collaborative, comprised of more than 60 nonprofit and other agencies.

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2016 

WHERE:Location Varies

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Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce May 2016 Newsletter
Local News: Glades Initiative Serves Thousands in Western Communities

We were thrill to have Palm Beach Daily News Publish this Article 
Here on the island, the average person made about $118,000 in 2014, according to U.S. Census estimates. But just 40 miles west of the Southern Boulevard Bridge, individuals make do with a lot less. In Belle Glade and Pahokee, the average income per person in 2014 did not reach $14,500. And in the city of South Bay, which had about 5,000 residents in 2014, according to the U.S. Census, the average income per person was about $6,000."There are a lot of people who are working really hard to have very little," said Karis Engle, president and CEO of the Glades Initiative. Earning its nonprofit status in 2002, the Glades Initiative helps under-served residents of far western Palm Beach County access health and human services. It provides community resource educators for people interested in applying for state and federal resources, keeps a list of local events and meetings, offers language training and operates a food bank.
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A'giza Youth Sports Inc. 4th Annual Girls Basketball / Boys Football Summer Camp

* Individual skill building
* Team sportsmanship
* Mentoring
* Increase knowledge of health and fitness
* Develop positive attitudes toward physical activity
* Improve Social Skills
* Improve academic performance
   ...and have fun!!!
Lunch provided for ages 6-17

Registration Fee: $5.00 registration Begins: May 1, 2016
For more information call Coach Dean: (561)-932-7569

Click here for flyer

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EmpowHER Leadership Academy for Girls
EmpowHER Leadership Academy for Girls will empower female students from various schools throughout the Palm Beach County District.  The academy supports diversity and would introduce the junior and senior girls to organizations that are led by women executives and will focus on job shadowing, interview skills, resume writing, effective communication both verbal and written, career exploration and much more. The Leadership Academy is free and open to twenty (20) young ladies thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors.  The Leadership Academy will meet once a month during the Palm Beach County School District calendar beginning in September of 2016, with eight (8) planned business tours in the areas of Leadership Empowerment (leadership and branding), Political Empowerment, Economic Empowerment and Education Empowerment.  Training will be provided from Palm Beach County's Women Experts.  The Leadership Academy participants will also be provided with a trip to Tallahassee to tour the Florida State Capitol. The tour would offer the girls an opportunity to meet face-to-face with legislators and learn more about the political process. Upon completion of the program in May of 2017, participants will finish with a leadership certificate and community service hours to be awarded during our year end Student Achievement Awards Program.
Criteria to participate:
*           Full-time student in Palm Beach County School System
*           Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 2.5 and higher
*           Essay describing why you feel you are a good candidate for this program
To apply for the Leadership Academy for Girls complete the attached application and mail it to Rhonda Rogers, Program Chair on or beforeFriday, July 15, 2016

Click here for more details
Click here for application
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Newsletter May 2016

Monday Morning Updates May 2, 2016

Free Suicide Prevention Training

An emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons attend a community QPR suicide prevention, 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from.Trainings are provided as free community outreach workshops through the FL LINC Project, the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network and community partners (3 CEU's are available for licensed professionals)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25 20161:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Children's Service Council, 2300 High Ridge Rd Boynton Beach, FL

For more information and to RSVP contact: Shayna Sexton: 561-322-5081 or

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Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County 2016 Annual Conference

YOU'RE IN CHARGE. . .WHAT NOW? Staff members who are great at their current roles often move up the ladder within an organization. But are they truly prepared for a promotion into a leadership role? Do they know how to manage or lead others successfully? This fast-paced conference will energize you with a combination of serious leadership training information and targeted humor. The target audience is the "Work Leader," those who have a leadership title and role, whether it's a new position or not. These CEOs, EDs and VPs are expected to roll up their sleeves and contribute a healthy dose of work daily, all while managing and leading others and overseeing the operation. Many nonprofits rarely have the luxury or take the time to help staff transition into that role of manager and leader. You'll leave this conference with solid information on how to do just that.

WHEN: Monday, June 13, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1601 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach

Click here for more details and how to register
JEFF Industries, Inc. Live Lear Work Spring 2016 Newsletter 1

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

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Posting Information to our Eblast & Volunteering

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