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The CASA Scoop:
Your Bi-weekly Dish of CASA News and Updates
Sweet Cone-fections
The Scoop on CASA in the Community
 
Pricewaterhouse Cooper is hosting a summer youth education program - Start Masters Give Back. The program is free and open to all high school students.

Workshops will cover financial literacy concepts such as saving and investing, credit and debt, and how to build a financial plan. Students will also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, and meet college mentors from across the US. There will be an optional skills and drills basketball camp clinic as part of the program.


Registration is open and is filling quickly and we would love to get your students registered as soon as possible to ensure a spot in the program. Students must register to attend. Registration can be accessed here: http://pwc.to/smgb2016 . 

Date: Tuesday July 26th and Wednesday July 27th
Location: George Washington University

Please see the attached program flier for more information.

Do More 24
Do More 24 is a 24-hour online fundraiser powered by United Way of the National Capital Area. Last year we raised $819. This year our goal is to raise $2,400, and we need your help! Share this link with friends and family and encourage them to donate on June 2nd!
Make it a Double!
An Extra Helping of Additional Resources

National CASA Webinar on Psychotropic Drugs

Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
 
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. In the last Scoop, we looked at a new CDC report showing historically low teen birth rates, having decreased over 50% in the past 25 years. The Guttmacher Institute’s Kathryn Kost believes this is due to teens becoming smarter about pregnancy prevention. “Sexual activity has remained constant among this age group, but birth and abortion rates have both decreased dramatically... The available evidence suggests that increased contraceptive use is the primary driver of this decline.”

How can you help to ensure your CASA teen is smart about pregnancy prevention? The Huffington Post has a great article on talking to teens about sexual decision making. 

CASA DC is also excited to offer an online teen pregnancy prevention training for CASA Youth ages 12-19, to help our teens better understand how to prevent teen pregnancy. Examining healthy relationships, contraceptives, and the impact of self-esteem, this training for CASA Youth ages 12-19 brings together topics that have been covered at CASA's Youth Space Nights. 

CASA Youth ages 12-19 can earn a $300 giftcard for completing this training before June 15th! Youth have the opportunity to complete this training through Independent Study or at a Youth Space Event on the evening of June 8th.

If you would like for your youth to participate, or if you have any questions, please contact Senior Manager Allison Kahn at akahn@casadc.org.
The Toppings!
In-services to sweeten your skill set
 
CASA DC In-Service Trainings:
June
More information will appear in the next CASA Scoop.

 
Alternate In-service Opportunities:
 
Out of the Closet, Out of a Home: A Forum on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
Did you know?
  • 43% of D.C.’s youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT
  • LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness report being homeless for longer periods of time than non-LGBTQ youth
  • LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness commit suicide at a rate of 62%, much higher than non-LGBTQ homeless youth
Join Street Sense for their next Forum and Networking event about homelessness among LGBTQ youth, organized by the Lessons of Hope Forum.

Date: Wednesday June 22nd 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005 

Register here.

National CASA Podcasts
These podcasts cover a variety of topics and are available here.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative works to help young people make successful transitions from foster care to adulthood, and is an excellent source of information.  For this Alternate In-service Opportunity, you can utilize some of their research to increase your understanding of the foster care system.

Select one of the Areas of Expertise:
Within your selected Area of Expertise, read two articles under Featured Resources, two articles under Policy Goals, and one Case Study.  E-mail your CASA Supervisor a brief summary of what you learned and discuss with them how it applies to your case.
 
In order to receive In Service credit for Alternate In Service Opportunities, write a brief summary of the training and submit it to your CASA Supervisor.  Up to four of the twelve required hours can be acquired through Alternate In Service Opportunities.  If you have suggestions for Alternate In Service Opportunities, please submit them to volunteer@casadc.org.
Flavor of the Week
The scoop on Upcoming Community Activities!


Truckeroo

DC Dragonboat Festival

DC Pride Parade

Jazz in the Garden at National Gallery of Art
 
Cherry On Top
Treat yourself to some self care - you deserve it!

Books and Bars
Book Club


November Project

June 3rd is National Donut day. Treat yourself!

Farragut Fridays: Outdoor Offices
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