June 2018 Connects E-News

Program to Employ 100 FCCS Youth

Impact Community Actions' Amber Scott (right) introduces a youth to employment opportunities.Youth in foster care or who have recently left foster care have the opportunity to get a helping hand before entering the workforce. For the second year, the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP), facilitated by IMPACT Community Action, is offering FCCS youth the chance to have summer employment, skills training and career planning. “Last year, 46 of the 50 youth enrolled in the program, completed the summer portion, and so this year our goal is to recruit 100 participants,” commented FCCS Youth Transition Services Supervisor Donta Greene.

CCMEP is a comprehensive program that offers youth ages 16 to 21 year-long services including: employment, life skills coaching, career and education planning assistance, tutoring, as well as financial assistance to remove barriers to employment. A feature of the program is access to onsite training, preparation and testing for job certifications in healthcare, information technology, law and public safety, and more.

The program continues to expand. In addition to recruiting more FCCS Youth, CCMEP is now offering them instruction on developing specific skills. Participating youth can take courses in digital design, math, robotics, video production and engineering through the Workforce Development SMART Skills Program, sponsored by the PAST Foundation.

Youth enrolled in the program look forward to getting the most out of it. Eighteen-year-old Brianna Price is an eager participant. “I’m hoping to get a job that will match my interests, which are working with children, animals or the elderly,” she said. Price hopes to become a veterinarian one day.

FCCS Youth Appointed to Ohio Youth Advisory Board

Terrianna Rapp serves as a voice for youth like herself.Recognizing that youth involved with child welfare agencies are often the best authorities on issues that affect them, state, county and regional agencies have established youth advisory boards to empower youth. A FCCS youth was recently called to represent her peers and help influence policies and practices on a statewide level. Terrianna Rapp has been appointed to the Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OYAB), which is sponsored by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio.  

A senior at Marion Franklin High School, this 17-year-old is eager to contribute to discussions about youth who are in out of home care. “I believe that everyone should have their views [heard] and understood,” she said. “I’m excited to be elected to the OYAB as the parliamentarian in training.” In this position she will be responsible for facilitating discussions between OYAB board members and officers.

Terrianna says she “has been in the system for nine years.” She has big plans for her future which include attending Columbus State Community College where she will pursue a degree in chemistry with minors in Spanish and biology. She also enjoys playing volleyball and soccer.

FCCS is currently recruiting members for its own youth advisory council: Youth for Change.  

Tips for Today: The Importance of an Active Father

    Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate fatherhood and honor the contributions of fathers in the lives of children. According to a study done by Texas A&M University, fathers who are actively involved in their children’s lives make a positive and lasting difference. The need for parental bonds with fathers is just as important as the bond with mothers. Research has shown that kids with good fathers are more likely to grow up without aggression, low self-esteem, or behavioral issues. In addition, children who have actively involved fathers score higher in verbal and mathematical ability. Being present in a child’s life allows children to know and learn from their parents and develop a strong emotional bond which will enable them to develop healthy relationships with others. This Father’s Day, let’s recognize the invaluable and important roles fathers and father figures play in the development of children.

There are many different approaches that fathers can take in being active in a child’s life. Find ways to let your child know that you love him or her by giving them quality time. From birth, children need guidance and discipline. Active fathers can teach children proper behavior by setting examples and enforcing healthy limits. It’s also important for both parents to provide financial resources to meet children’s needs such as food, shelter, and clothing.

Both fathers and mothers are responsible for the development and nurturing of children, and all children deserve love and positive attention from both parents. Fathers, your children need you. Happy Father’s Day!

For more information on the importance of fatherhood click here.

FCCS Insider: Here’s to the Grads!

FCCS youth Tywan celebrates his accomplishments with his college-bound program mentor Greg Carlucci.

2018 Jack Donahue Scholarship Winner Kyajah FCCS hosted a graduation celebration on May 23 to recognize the accomplishments of youth who are receiving their diplomas. About 54 youth currently receiving services from FCCS and have graduated or will graduate from high school, or obtain their GED within nine months of the event date, were invited to attend with their families, caregivers and/or any other important support person in their lives.

The celebration in FCCS’s Eric Fenner Family Center included food, a deejay, deluxe door prizes and a special appearance by Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano, who brought personalized proclamations for each attendee. More than 30 donors made the event memorable with their contributions including 60 goody bags from the CME Federal Credit Union, and a $5,000 donation of gifts from New Hope Church of Powell (parishioners also decorated the party space). Best of luck to the graduates!

Upcoming Events

June 14 - Cooking with Dad 
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2801 Lockbourne Road
Hosted by the African-American Male Wellness Walk, which is co-sponsored by FCCS, this event promotes health and wellness for children and youth ages 3 and up. Dads and their children are able to participate in interactive healthy cooking demonstrations with local and national celebrity chefs, receive a swag bag filled with goodies, and participate in wellness exercises. Visit www.aawalk.org/columbus-ohio for more information.

August 4 - FCCS and Mayor Andrew Ginther's FamJam 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Columbus Commons
160 S. High Street

Franklin County Children Services and the city of Columbus invite you to a free, family enrichment festival at the Columbus Commons. FamJam will bring families together with community resources, vendors and information tables, as well as tons of fun and entertainment. Rain or shine! For more information, call (614) 341-6085 or click here.

August 11 - African-American Male Wellness Walk 
7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Livingston Park 
732 E. Livingston Ave.
FCCS is co-sponsoring the 14th annual walk/run, which will also include free health screenings for the entire family. For more information visit aawalk.org, email aamwwalk@gmail.com or call (614) 754-7511.