WCC Weekly Bulletin Week of 5/17

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The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of May 17, 2021:

In this Edition

  • Quarterly PI Call
  • Upcoming WCC Webinars
  • WCC Communications Update
  • Additional Resources

Quarterly PI Call

  • Quarterly PI Calls are an opportunity to disseminate information and updates related to the WCC grant. The next Quarterly PI Call will be Friday, May 21, 2021 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET. We will be meeting via Zoom. You should have received a new Outlook Calendar invite from Hayat Essa that will include the link and password to connect to the meeting. If you have not received an email please reach out to her. The agenda for the meeting is attached.

Quarterly PI Call Schedule:

  • May 21, 2021
  • August 20, 2021

Upcoming WCC Webinars

  • Professional Development

Freedom from Trauma, Violence, and Addiction

May 27, 2021

1:00 – 2:30pm ET

The impacts of trauma, violence and addiction on human life are far reaching. Adverse experiences and toxic environments can harm health and well-being across a lifespan and generations. Join your WCC peer leaders and national voices to learn and think together about;

  • Shaping collective understanding about the intersections between Social Determinants of Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)
  • Engaging cross-sector partners to co-create community conditions that support freedom from trauma, violence, and addiction
  • Maximizing Cooperative Extension and 4-H youth—adult partnerships to interrupt intergenerational trauma and advance thriving


WCC Communications Update

NEW! WCC Website/Portal Update

We are pleased to announce that we have made a major update the WCC website at wellconnectedcommunities.org. Please take some time to explore the new site. We will continue to make improvements to the site from here. The web presence is a single site, so to access former portal functionality (Initiative Contacts, Calendar, Quarterly Reports) go to the “Portal Login” link in the main navigation.

  • Logins: Your login for the site should remain the same. If you do have issues logging in, please email Jennifer and Hayat.
  • New Resource Library Functionality: The resource library has been made public and can be found under “Act in Your Community.” We have implemented a new functionality in this update, which does not require you to upload files. So, if you have LINKS to resources hosted by your LGU or others that would be valuable to the group, they are now easier to share. Please pass on resources to Jennifer and Hayat at jgrizzard@fourhcouncil.edu and hessa@fourhcouncil.edu.
  • Errors or corrections: If you find any broken links, images, or other issues, email Jennifer and Hayat with a link to the page where you found the issue. This is especially important if you see https://dev.coh.engagementnetwork.org/ in the URL. Don’t think you can only reach out if you find something wrong, though. We are happy to hear suggestions for improvements, as well.
  • On the Horizon: We are now working to launch expanded community profiles. Participating communities and LGUs are currently mapped. We are working on adding links from that mapped community listing to pages that show a full profile of each community. This update should be available in the coming months.

Additional Resources

  • Voices for Healthy Kids Advocacy Training Series

Reclaiming Indigenous Health: Collaborating with Tribal Nations and Organizations

Please join us next week for our latest webinar, Reclaiming Indigenous Health: Collaborating with Tribal Nations and Organizations! This webinar will feature work done by the American Indian Cancer Foundation on collaborating with tribal nations and organizations to reclaim Indigenous health. Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to identify areas for partnership with Tribal Nations and Indigenous Serving Organizations seeking to develop and implement culturally relevant Policy, System and Environment (PSE) change within their respective communities. Register Here

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/ 1 p.m. MT/ 12 p.m. PT
  • Global Youth Justice, Inc. and 9/11 Day Grant

Global Youth Justice, Inc. has been awarded a competitive three (3) year federal grant from AmeriCorps for purposes of being a National Partner of 9/11 Day of National Service, beginning in 2021, with the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Day of National Service on September 11, 2021.

The Global Youth Justice Network comprises 1800+ Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs in Communities, Tribes, and Schools — in 47 USA States, 25+ Tribes, District of Columbia, 11 Countries, and 1 Dual-Island Nation.  These Youth-Led and Volunteer-Driven Diversion Programs are the most replicated local juvenile justice program in America, since the establishment of the 1st Juvenile Court in 1899 in Illinois, USA.

And, since they are volunteer-driven, they are now already a Top 5 youth service opportunity for teens in America, and they are the #1 essential youth service opportunity in America.  And, since juvenile crimes occur daily all over America, they provide year-round continual youth service opportunities – instead of being only episodic, and therefore, these diversion programs are highly regarded for their civic, service, rule of law, and other youth development benefits, beyond their primary purpose – to divert youthful offenders from the justice system. And, given much needed justice reform efforts in America, our unique Volunteer-Driven Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs are experiencing an even greater surge in their establishment and expansion. Grant sizes range from collateral like 9/11 flags up to $2,000 and $5,000.There is an estimated 90-minute application completion time. Deadline: May 28, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • 130 9/11 Day Opportunities and Grants
  • 2 Eligibility Categories
  • 4 Opportunities to Apply
  • Engaging Youth in PSE Health Action

Wisconsin has been implementing the Youth Advocates for Community Health program, which supports the process of young people identifying issues, enhancing awareness of communities, and discovering their niche to address issues through policy, systems or environment change. The program has been led by state and local staff from UW-Madison Division of Extension’s Health and Well-Being Institute (including FoodWise nutrition education staff) and Positive Youth Development Institute (including 4-H and Community Youth Development staff members). Presenters will provide an overview of the YACH Process and the curriculum resources and share experiences of engaging youth in projects from destigmatizing mental illness to improving safe routes to school, including lessons learned from adapting to a COVID environment.

Elizabeth Adams, Health and Well-Being Institute Population Health Fellow

Michelle Gobert, Forest County Positive Youth Development Educator

Christa Van Treeck, Associate Professor, Marquette County 4-H Youth Development Educator

  • Hunger in America – Share Your Story

In April, the House Rules Committee Chair Rep. Jim McGovern asked the public to submit stories and ideas for fighting hunger in the U.S. “Whether you’re an educator with exciting new research, an organization with an innovative concept, or a family on the frontlines, your voice deserves to be heard. Share your story and help guide us in our work to finally end hunger now.” 

See more here: https://rules.house.gov/hunger-america-share-your-story