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Healthy & Free lunch for Children 18 & under this summer

Summer Programs

Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

No appointment is necessary; but the lunch must be eaten at the location.

Argyle Middle School

2400 Bel Pre Road • Silver Spring, MD

July 10 — 28 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

City of Faith

8051 Cessna Avenue, Suite 160 • Gaithersburg, MD

June 19 — Sept. 1 • 2:00-2:30 PM

Fox Chapel Elementary School

19315 Archdale Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Gaithersburg
Elementary School

35 North Summit Avenue • Gaithersburg, MD

July 10 ­— August 11 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Key Middle School

910 Schindler Drive • Silver Spring, MD

June 26 ­— August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Middlebrook Mobile

19515 North Frederick Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

North Creek Community Center

20125 Arrowhead Road • Montgomery Village, MD

June 19 — August 11 • 12:30-2:00 PM

Northwood High School

919 University Blvd., West • Silver Spring, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Watkins Mill High School

10301 Apple Ridge Road • Gaithersburg, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Interested in receiving meals for your summer program?

The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. 

The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day.

Free Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Everymind. is offering  free Mental Health First Aid Trainings. Sometimes First Aid isn’t a bandage, CPR, administering the Heimlich or calling 9-1-1. Sometimes First Aid is YOU. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour, evidence-based interactive training which teaches participants how to help someone developing a mental health or addictions problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Date: Friday, June 23, 2017 Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: 1000 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20851
*Breakfast and lunch provided

Mental Health First Aid
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: 1000 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20851

Professional Development Workshops in June for

The Community of Practice of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council has the following workshops available for Youth Workers. The workshops are free, and registration is required.
    Innovating Youth Practices One Workshop at a Time/Upcoming CoP June Workshops
  • Restorative Practices to Help At-Risk Youth and Their Families
    June 12, 2017 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    Angel Hill, Lead4Life
    Mid-County Recreation Center
    2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • Focusing on Focus Groups
    June 13, 2017 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

    Jana Sharp, Sharp Insight, LLC
    Mid-County Recreation Center
    2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • Trauma Informed Care
    June 14, 2017 9:30 AM-2:00 PM
    Jessica Soussana, Dove Counseling and Education

    Conference Center
    1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Registration Closing Soon
    Mentoring Praxis: Translating the Research into Best Practices
    June 15, 2017 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    Laura Brown & Ottoniel Perez, YMCA Youth Links and Inspiring Futures Mentoring Program
    Mid-County Recreation Center
    2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
    Registration Deadline: June 18, 2017
    De-Escalation and Crisis Intervention in Community Settings
    June 20, 2017 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    Kirsten Andersen, YMCA Youth & Family Services
    Mid-County Recreation Center
    2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • Registration Deadline: June 20, 2017
    Bullying Prevention and Intervention
    June 22, 2017 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    Jessica Soussana, Dove Counseling and Education
    Mid-County Recreation Center
    2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • Registration Deadline: June 21, 2017 *For Supervisors Only*
    Supervising Youth Development Practice: A One Day Intensive Training for Supervisors of Youth Development Practitioners
    June 23, 2017 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Brodrick Clarke, Brodrick Clarke Consulting LLC
    Silver Spring Civic Center 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Registration Deadline: June 27, 2017
    Youth Development Practices for Older Youth: Increasing Engagement and Building Community
    June 29, 2017 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
    Taiwanna Lucienne,MSW, Ramapo for Children
    Conference Center
    1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850

**Stay tuned for more CoP announcements about workshops coming up in July!**

Open Solicitation for Systems of Care Evaluator and Trainer

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is currently looking to fill two positions:
  • Trainer: an entity that is able to complete a needs assessment and develop a plan for targeted training. The training should be evidence based and should focus on cultural competency, trauma informed care, and developmentally appropriate provider treatment for Transitional Aged Youth related to the SAMHSA Systems of Care grant.
  • Independent Local Evaluator: a qualified independent evaluator to conduct a multiyear evaluation of the Bridges to the Future, SAMHSA System of Care Expansion Grant for Montgomery County. The evaluation will employ qualitative and quantitative methods in order to describe Bridges progress in expanding the system of care and to identify the strategies that helped achieve that goal.
The deadline for questions is June 22, 2017
The closing date is June 29, 2017
Please see the entire solicitation for more information:
Trainer
Evaluator

Promoting a Welcoming Environment for Immigrant Students

The Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC, through their Exploring Equity Issues series, offer this information on this emerging topic of “Providing a welcoming environment for immigrant students.”

Immigrant students face multiple obstacles when adjusting to their new lives in the United States. Their formative years are spent in school and this environment has a profound effect on shaping their future as productive citizens. Schools can help ease their transition and in fact, must.

The US Dept of Education guidelines remind schools that in order to comply with federal laws, they must ensure “that students are not barred from enrolling in public schools at the elementary and secondary level on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status or that of their parents or guardians.” Once enrolled, schools can find ways to help these students flourish.

Communications/Marketing Consultant for the Systems of Care

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families, Inc. (MCCC) is seeking a Communications/Marketing consultant for the Systems of Care for Transitional Aged Youth.

MCCC created Bridges to the Future to expand its System of Care to reach and engage disconnected transition aged youth (TAY) with or at risk of serious emotional disorders ages 16-21 through care management and intensive crisis services.

Through this Open Solicitation, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a communications consultant that will assess current social marketing needs for transition aged youth (16-21yr).

The deadline for questions is June 22, 2017

The closing date is June 29, 2017

Please see the entire solicitation here

Summer Programs for Youth

School is almost out, it’s not too late to sign-up for camps to keep them active and engaged.  Montgomery County’s Department’s  of Recreation and Parks offer the following camps:
MCPS Summer Meals Program The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day. Our goal is to provide meals to as many children as possible! Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

Youth Cruiser Summer Passes


Ride On makes it easy for those under 18 to travel around the County in the summer by offering the Youth Summer Pass, which is loaded onto a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card. The Pass allows kids to take unlimited Ride On trips between June 1 and August 31 for a flat fee of $18.

Starting May 16, purchase the Youth Summer at the TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring, 8404 Colesville Road and Friendship Heights, 17 Wisconsin Circle; the Montgomery County Treasury Office, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite L-15, Rockville; online at www.SmarTrip.com, or at select CVS and Giant locations. See the complete list of locations.

Kids Ride Free hours continue during the summer. The summer pass can be used for all other rides when regular fares apply.

Kids who don’t have the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card can buy one for $2 at any County library with proof of age and residency. The card, which is designed for County residents who are in kindergarten through 12th grade, allows students to participate in Kids Ride Free and take advantage of discounted youth monthly and summer passes.

Consumer Guide: Behavioral Health Insurance

The Maryland Insurance Administration has published a Consumer Guide to Understanding Health Insurance coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders This guide provides useful information on:
  • Tips for Selecting a Health Plan
  • Key Insurance Terms
  • How to Obtain Pre-Authorization
  • Knowing your Rights
  • How to file complaints and contact the Advocacy Unit
If you have insurance, you can visit the Psychology Today website to search for mental health professionals in a number of ways.  Search by support issues, type of therapist, language spoken, location and insurance support.   For example, these Montgomery County therapists accept Medicaid.
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