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May is Asian American Month

Asian Americans are a key population within Montgomery County, making up 14% of the population.  Several different programs exist specifically to serve Asian American youth and adults. For young children and adolescents, leadership opportunities are provided in the form of after school programs.  AALEAD educational enrichment and youth development programs to low-income and under-served Asian American youth in the Greater Metropolitan region.  Asian American adults can access health information and services through the County’s Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI); translators are available.   Follow this link for the Montgomery County Resource Guide for Middle Eastern and Asian Americans.
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Impact Stories and Outcome Data for Youth Involved in AALEAD’s Target Programs: Asian American Leadership, Empowerment, and Development

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Physical fitness activities and participation in sports have benefits for both physical and mental health. Various fitness and sports programs are offered throughout the county for children, adolescents, and adults, including exercise classes for parents and toddlers, out-of-school time programs, and seasonal sports teams. A variety of fitness programs are provided in the county to encourage physical activity among residents of all ages.

Contact Montgomery County Recreation department at 240-777-6840 for more information about fitness and sports programs.

FYI-Programs in our Community 

The Korean American Senior Citizens Association offers physical fitness classes to Korean American older adults in Montgomery County. To learn more, call 301-438-7304.

FunFit Tots, offered by Montgomery County Rec, offers fitness classes designed for parents and young children (ages 1-3) to get a great workout while spending time together.

So What Else’s Olympiad program, allows students to experience different physical wellness activities, such as yoga and martial arts, in an Olympic-team style setting.

Unity Thunder basketball, football, and cheerleading programs provide sports teams and mentoring opportunities for boys and girls, ages 5-15.

May is Older Americans Month

Older Americans, 60 years of age and older, are an invaluable population that may need access to in-home care, specialized health resources, and support groups. It’s the goal of older adult serving agencies to provide support to older adults—including those experiencing disabilities, diseases, abuse, and neglect— as well as their caregivers families. Older adult services provided in Montgomery County include Cultural Transition Facilitation programs, Interpreter/Translator Registries, Adult Day Care, In-Home support programs, and the Senior Nutrition Program. These services are available to older adults and their families in Montgomery County. For more information, contact:

DHHS’s Aging and Disability Resource Unit at 240-777-3000

Jewish Council for the Aging Senior Hotline at 301-255-4200

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Maryland Family Caregiver Support Program: Calendar of Upcoming Events

Home Care Partners: A Client’s Story

Help for Parents of Troubled Teens

Dealing with Anger, Violence, Delinquency, and Other Teen Behavior Problems? Parenting a teenager is never easy, but when your teen is violent, depressed, abusing alcohol or drugs, or engaging in other reckless behaviors, it can seem overwhelming. You may feel exhausted from lying awake at night worrying about where your child is, who he or she is with, and what they’re doing. You may despair over failed attempts to communicate, the endless fights, and the open defiance. Or you may live in fear of your teen’s violent mood swings and explosive anger. While parenting a troubled teen can often seem like an impossible task, there are steps you can take to ease the chaos at home and help your teen transition into a happy, successful young adult. Visit for more information on teen development Parents, Caregivers and professionals working with children can call the Local Care Team at the Collaboration Council to inquire about Wrap-around services. 301-354-4910

May is Behavioral Health Awareness Month

Persons with behavioral health issues may need assistance in dealing with and overcoming mental health and/or substance abuse. It is the aim of behavioral health support agencies to aid and assist those facing substance use disorders, mental illness/emotional disabilities, homelessness, and persons in at-risk circumstances, so that they may maintain their physical and mental well-being. Services offered for this population are programs such as mental health evaluation and treatment, adult and adolescent intensive outpatient programs for chemical dependency, and counseling. These services are available to Montgomery County residents with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse diagnoses. Contact these agencies for further assistance

24-hour Crisis Center at 240-777-4000

Mental Health Association of Montgomery County at 301-424-0656 or

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program at 240-777-1450

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Screening and Referral/Access program at 240-777-1770

FYI – Programs in our Community TRACKS: A new program from Family Services, Inc, the Transition to Adulthood Program TRACKS is a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program for transitional aged youth (TAY) who require assistance to help facilitate the transition to adult life Individuals with Special Needs Jewish Social Service Agency’s team of specially trained clinicians and other professionals provide a wide range of mental health, care management, and employment and support services for all those in our community with special needs. Individuals with Special Needs: Unlocking Development Potential and Maximizing Opportunity

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month

The Child Welfare information Gateway offers resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, the impact on individuals and society, and fatalities. The Montgomery County Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 240-777-4417, investigates reports of suspected child abuse and neglect to ensure the safety of children and help families stay together. These services are available to Montgomery County residents: (Abuse/Violence Prevention) (Support for Abused Children) (Parenting Skills Classes) FYI Tip Sheets from the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

April is the Month of the Young Child

Parents and caregivers of Young children, from birth to aged 5, are a unique population, and are need of tools to help care for and nurture their children. It’s the mission of young child serving agencies to ensure that all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers have a strong, healthy start in life, and are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten. Among the services available for this population, are programs focusing on maternal and child health, child care provider support, screenings and assessments, and family support services. These services are available to Montgomery County caregivers and professionals. Contact Montgomery County’s Childlink, for additional information and referral services for families with young children. 240-777-4769 or Maryland’s Advocates for Children and Youth, 410-547-9200 for information on policy issues. FYI Little Kids, Big Questions: A Parenting Podcast Series From ZERO TO THREE™ #earlychildhood

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

People with developmental disabilities can reach their full potential with encouragement and the right set of opportunities. There are a full spectrum of services to help people with disabilities live secure, fulfilling lives. Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. Diagnosed conditions may include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida. Among the services available for this population, programs focus on promoting self-determination, integration, and inclusion. Contact Montgomery County’s Commission on People with Disabilities, 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, for further supports and information. FYI Know your rights- Vote! Be #DDAware
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