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The CASA Scoop:
Your Bi-weekly Dish of CASA News and Updates
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National CASA Conference
On June 5th and 6th, the 2016 National CASA Conference took place at National Harbor. CASA staff and volunteers from across the country came together to discuss the needs of foster youth and CASA best practices. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn from and share with members of the National CASA network, and we look forward to implementing many of the things that we learned. 
Start Masters Give Back
Pricewaterhouse Cooper is hosting a free summer youth education program 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.
Make it a Double!
An Extra Helping of Additional Resources

Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence

America's Literacy Directory
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
 
How do you answer sensitive questions from your youth? The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy spoke about exactly that at the 2016 National CASA Conference. There are 5 types of sensitive questions CASA youth often ask, and each has an ideal approach to responding:
  1. Information Seeking QuestionsKeep your answers simple, straight-forward, and factual. If you don't know the answer, be honest with your youth that you are not sure, and find out the information.
  2. Am I Normal QuestionsProvide validation. Let your youth know it is normal to question or be concerned. Provide factual information or refer your youth to a resource
  3. Permission/Advice Seeking QuestionsTurn this back to the youth. What do they think? Have a dialogue. Be unbiased. Stick to facts and look at all sides, pros, and cons. 
  4. Shock QuestionsPractice your poker face. Do not react and try to provide a factual response
  5. Personal Questions: Talk about your experience in general terms, if comfortable. Explain that everyone's circumstances are different. Try to redirect. Find out why your youth wants to know and address the root question.  
The Toppings!
In-services to sweeten your skill set
 
CASA DC In-Service Trainings:
June
Topic: Self Care
Date: Thursday June 30th 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Yards Park
                355 Water St. SE
                Washington, DC 20003

Summary:  Summer is here! And after a rainy May, the fireflies are out and the sun is finally shining!! We know you work hard as CASA volunteers, so this month we want to encourage you to spend a little time outside enjoying the weather and focusing on self care. E-mail your supervisor to let them know what you've done to take care of yourself this month, or join us for Jazzercise with Rebecca Edwards at Yards Park on June 30th. We hope to see you there!
 
Please RSVP to Ashley Hearn
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.
Cherry On Top
Treat yourself to some self care - you deserve it!

Books and Bars
Book Club


Farragut Fridays: Outdoor Offices

Summer Fun in DC

Visit Rock Creek Park
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