Citizens Commission for Children helps families

first_img TAGSCitizens Commission for ChildrenCommissioner Bryan Nelson Previous article4 undeniable reasons to travel in 2017Next article5 simple tips to travel like an expert Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From Bryan Nelson – Orange County Commissioner – District 2Since 1989, the Citizens Commission for Children (CCC) mission is to provide funding and monitoring of local human service programs that address the needs of children and families in Orange County. As leaders in a diverse community, they embrace the role as innovators in the growth and transformation of the philosophies and funding systems of services that touch the lives of countless residents in the Orange County Community.The Citizens Commission for Children recognized the evolving need for a comprehensive service delivery system, thus implementing the Family Support Model. The model supports the belief that individuals and families want to move from dependency to self-reliance, that they are best served within their own community, and that they, themselves, are the “experts” in identifying the challenges and resources in their lives and communities.Commissioner Bryan NelsonIn 1995, the Citizens Review Panel for Human Services(CRP) Advisory board was established with the mission of coordinating the allocation and distribution of human services funding dollars to nonprofit organizations. On behalf of the Citizens Commission for Children, the CRP issued 18 Request for Proposal (RFP), in the following areas for fiscal year 2015-2016: adult literacy, alleviating hunger, at-risk youth programming, emergency assistance, employment and job readiness, and family counseling to name a few. The distribution of CRP’s  dollars in the 2015-2016 fiscal year added up to approximately $2,372,839.13, funding in areas such as Family Counseling and Case Management, Youth Programming, Service for the Disabled, Education, Employment and life skills, Emergency Assistance and Homeless Service, and other social services.The Citizens’ Commission for Children’s Neighborhood Centers for Families (NCF) offer a variety of services and activities to children and families within their neighborhoods. NCF’s are one-stop service centers within 13 Orange County Communities. Some of those communities include Zellwood, Apopka and Pine Hills. NCF’s provide a multitude of services including; counseling, health and nursing services, tutoring, parent education, employability and job placement skills, job fairs, community events, child care referrals, senior activities, and much more.According to Angela Chestang, the Manager for the Citizen’s Commission for Children, “The great thing about our neighborhood centers is there is no stigma and there is also a 24-hour turnaround. Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been very caring and want to see that services are available and that children and families have some type of stability. Through evidenced-based outcomes, we know that the programs and services funded Orange County’s Citizens’ Commission for Children are making an impact on children and their families.”During the Summer of 2015, all 13 Neighborhood Centers for Families were evaluated and each demonstrated progress and success in their ability to achieve community-based outcomes. From the 13 NCF’s evaluated in 2015, on average, more than 93% of students in NCF programs demonstrated success by:Achieving or maintaining at least a “C” averageImproving test scores in reading and/or mathReducing truancyReducing disciplinary referralsThe Citizens’ Commission for Children also funds 28 after school middle school programs throughout Orange County. The After School Zone is a collaborative partnership between Orange County Public Schools, the YMCA of Central Florida, and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida.Ms. Chestang states that, “The goals were simple: to improve grades, increase school attendance and reduce juvenile delinquency in all Orange County Middle Schools. Thousands of children are in a supervised learning environment instead of being at home and potentially getting into trouble. After 17 years the After School Zone has impacted over 200,000 kids and has achieved its goals each and every year.”“Both models have won numerous awards and successes have been many, as has been shown in annual evaluations used to track the success of families. Every year counselors hit the mark with their efforts. Evaluation results show clients are able to access resources better, have better coping and parenting skills-all things that help a family become more stable.” – Angela Chestang. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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Partner Nations Complete PKO-Americas 2012 with US Army South

first_img Peacekeeping Operations-Americas (PKO-A) 2012 came to a successful conclusion as U.S. Army South, the Chilean Army and 14 other partner nations marked the occasion during a closing ceremony in Santiago in mid May. “As partners in this hemisphere, we all share common interests and our concerns regarding security are closely aligned,” said Ambassador Alejandro Daniel Wolff, the U.S. Ambassador to Chile. “Natural disasters and humanitarian crises are a real threat, and challenges like these require that we have a committed and common focus. Joint work is key since it provides security and stability that is long lasting.” U.S. Army South, as the Army service component command of U.S. Southern Command, conducts the annual PKO-A exercise in support of U.N. peacekeeping initiatives in Central and South America and the Caribbean. PKO-A 2012 was conducted in four phases which took place this year in Chile and the Dominican Republic March 19 – May 11. The first phase of PKO-A 2012 was a battalion-level training event conducted March 19 – 23 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The second phase was a junior leaders’ training event April 2 – 6 in Fort Aguayo, Chile, and the third phase was a senior leader staff seminar in Santiago, Chile, April 30 – May 2. The final phase was a command post exercise also conducted in Santiago from May 7 – 11. Participants had an exceptional opportunity to train together with partner nations which included more than 300 representatives from Chile and the United States as well as Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. “Having representatives from throughout the region shows how well organized this exercise has been and how useful it is to conduct exercises of this kind,” said Chilean Minister of Defense Andrés Allamand. “When we talk about peacekeeping operations, we’re talking about preserving human lives, a common desire for all of us.” PKO-A also included observers and representatives from the U.N., the Conference of American Armies, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), the Conference of Central American Armed Forces and individual representatives from the countries of Indonesia, Mongolia and Spain. “The participation of advisors and experts from throughout the world have added a significant meaning to our efforts and together we have improved the preparation of our forces in a way that they can support peacekeeping operations in the future,” said Wolff. Partnering with military counterparts from around the world was a highlight for many participants. “Just the fact that we’re bringing together people from (various) nations like this is money in the bank as far as strengthening our partnerships and cooperating,” said Maj. Cris Simon, a U.S. Army officer assigned to WHINSEC. “It’s a phenomenal exercise and you can tell by the participants’ professionalism that each country sends its best and brightest.” Guatemalan Maj. William Barrios, deputy director of the Central American Peace Operations Training Center in Coban, Guatemala, said the exchange of information and knowledge, especially on a personal level, was important. “Working on a personal level really helps,” said Barrios who has deployed to peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Haiti. “While the U.N. doctrine might be common to us all, we each have our own doctrines that may differ. Even small things can create a challenge so we try to find a solution while we’re here. I have noticed a big improvement in our ability to work together since the start of the exercise.” Barrios’ teammate, Brazilian army Col. Henrique Nolasco, agreed about the effectiveness of working side-by-side with partner nation counterparts. “It’s very beneficial when we’re able to get together with our partners to do joint work while trying to react to common challenges,” said Nolasco. “Training together gives you more knowledge in order to be more effective at your job.” The multinational exercise supports the U.S. Department of State’s Global Peace Operations Initiative, which encourages peacekeeping efforts in Central and South America and the Caribbean. This initiative develops and enhances national training capabilities and equips potential peacekeeping units for deployment. By Dialogo June 04, 2012last_img read more

Zac Taylor

first_imgThe Bengals finally finished filling out their coaching staff with the hiring of Lou Anarumo as their new defensive coordinator.  It can’t be a comforting feeling to Bengal fans when it took over a month to find someone who was willing to come to Cincinnati to be part of Zac Taylor’s coaching staff.  Lou joins Brian Callahan who is the offensive coordinator.  Neither of these are household names in pro coaching.Taylor will certainly bring the enthusiasm of youth to the Bengals which is something they desperately needed.  For the most part, he has surrounded himself with many young coaches–most of who are new to the professional coaching ranks.  This is not all bad.  They certainly were after a fresh start, and when you are only 35 years old, you should bring fresh ideas to the organization.Let’s hope that Zac Taylor and his staff have more input on who the Bengals draft than what Marvin Lewis seemed to have.  Most of us are tired of “let’s go cheap and take those players no one else wants”.last_img read more