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FYI • June 25, 2010 • No. 13

FYI • June 25, 2010 • No. 13
The next FYI bulletin will be issued July 9, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
teenconference.png150 youth and adults "Took Charge of Their Journey!" at the Michigan Teen Conference —Congratulations to the amazing Teen Conference Planning Committee chaired by Laura Mitchell of conference fiduciary Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. The conference featured foster care alumni Cherish Thomas and Danita Echols as the Keynote Speakers, both with a message for the youth surrounding the theme of the conference, "Take Charge of Your Journey." Several vendors and community partners provided workshops geared towards independent living skills and planning for a successful future. The Walk through Life activity allowed youth the opportunity to interact with community resources and businesses and practice some of the life skills they learned about at the conference. Thank you to all of the agencies who participated and to all of the youth who made it worthwhile! We are already looking forward to and anticipating next year's event!

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• DHS Budget bill—The next step for the FY 2011 DHS Budget is conference committee, with no firm date set for finalization.

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES

FYI • June 11, 2010 • No. 12

FYI • June 11, 2010 • No. 12
The next FYI bulletin will be issued June 25, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
June 22-23, 2010 • MiTeen Conference "Take Charge of Your Journey!"
Contact conference coordinator and fiduciary Lutheran Social Services of MI
TODAY if you need to firm up registrations for this conference:
Reach Diana Ripley at dripl@LSSM.org or (800) 765-0541.

DHS key administrators to attend June 16 and July 21 MIN meetings. Read details within the FYI.
June 16:
• ADOPTION: Karen Iverson, Adoption Subsidy Office
• Joint LICENSING & FOSTER CARE: Jim Gale, Janice Tribble, Deb Buchanan, Christine Rehagen, Fran Cook
• INDEPENDENT LIVING/HOMELESS YOUTH: Sherie Bailey, YIT Office
July 21:
• RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT: Jim Gale

Vistas Nuevas Head Start Celebrates Culture in the Community

matrix.jpgVistas Nuevas Head Start, a program of Matrix Human Services will host its’ annual Celebrations of Culture Parade on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10am. More than 1400 head start children will march from Holy Redeemer Church to Clark Park in celebration of the various cultures in the Detroit community.

The Celebrations of Culture Parade will represent several countries around globe in support the diversity that is among all of us each and every day. Those countries include: Spain, Trinidad and Tabago, Hawaii, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Native American, Lebanon, Brazil, France, Portugal.

Vistas Nuevas Head Start is the largest head start program in the city of Detroit. Vistas’ has more than 1400 children annually, teaches in 3 languages (English, Spanish and Arabic) and operates 13 locations all located in Detroit’s Southwest community.

“This annual event highlights the multi-cultural community we live and serve in everyday. It is important for our children to know, celebrate and embrace the differences within all of us.” – states Debra Spring, Vice President of Education and Director of Vistas Nuevas

FYI • May 26, 2010 • No. 11

FYI • May 26, 2010 • No. 11
The next FYI bulletin will be issued June 11, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

Federation Member Day at the Capitol drew 80+ members
On May 20, over 80 Federation member Executive Directors, Agency Staff, Member Agency Board Members, and Youth spent time with our legislative champions and leaders, and legislators who are expected to rise into new leadership positions following this election year. We were very pleased to have Foster Care Alum Cherish Thomas speak with us about her experiences growing up in the foster care system and her hope that her experiences can help to shape the future experiences of others. Cherish’s perspective helped to remind our group of the reasons we do the work we do. Cherish also served as a role model for the youth present from Starr Commonwealth and Holy Cross Children’s Services, as she has proved youth growing up in the foster care system can have outcomes they may never have dreamed of.

Register now for Sept. 15–17, 2010 Senior Management Conference!
We are in the process of lining up an outstanding group of presenters—each with an expertise and role critical to providing quality services to Michigan's vulnerable children and families. We are very excited about the wealth of information you will gain when you join us at Crystal Mountain!

You will leave the conference even better informed, inspired and invigorated. If you act on this early chance to register, you will insure your seat at the conference at the best possible price. Find the schedule and registration information at http://www.michfed.org; click on “annual conference.”

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

FYI • May 14, 2010 • No. 10

FYI • May 14, 2010 • No. 10
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May 28, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

May 20, 2010 • Federation Member Day at the Capitol
Why it’s so important!
Recent legislative and appropriations hearings further demonstrate the critical need for our membership to be in front of the members of our legislature as the difficult budget negotiations progress. Our membership's presence is NECESSARY at Annual Member Day at the Capitol on Thursday, May 20th! We will be joined by our legislative champions, who still have a lot of work to do on the Human Services budget, and legislators who are expected to rise into new leadership positions following this election year. Join your colleagues on May 20 at Capitol Day by using the following link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/membercapitolday2010

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

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