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October 30, 2013

Click for Babies Campaign

Sometimes it seems young babies will cry inconsolably no matter what a parent tries to soothe them.  Parents try feeding, changing, holding, and checking for any signs of illness but nothing seems to help.  There is a term for this period of an infant’s life, the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  PURPLE is an acronym for P- peak of crying, U – unexpected, R – resists soothing, P – pain-like face (a crying baby may look like they are in pain even if they are not), L-long-lasting, and E – evening.  Babies may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.  Infants can reach a peak with their crying, often at two months, and then crying begins to taper off as they increase in age.

Recognizing that this can be a confusing and stressful time for parents, the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome developed a “Click for Babies” program to help educate parents about the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  Each state and province works with local organizations, including hospitals, to disseminate information to new parents along with little purple infant hats hand-knit by volunteers, either individually or as members of knitting clubs.

Broadreach Family & Community Services, along with many generous local knitters will be delivering the purple hats to parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center during the months of November and December.  Each one comes with a special tag with a message for the new baby, such as “From a Knitting Grammie” or the name of the knitting circle.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach shares, “In the past we often attributed those infants who cried a great deal in their early months as colicky babies.  While every child and parent’s experience is unique, research shows us that this spike in crying in infancy is normal and it reduces over time.  We want to get the word out to parents that this is a temporary situation and to understand that this phase is a typical part of infancy and will pass.  While not all babies will experience this period, many will.  We so appreciate the caring knitters that help us convey this important message to parents of newborns.”

Maine, through the Maine Children’s Trust and the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Councils has been sponsoring the “CLICK (the sound of the knitting needles) for Babies” campaign since 2011.  In the first year the program collected five times their goal of purple knitted hats.  Maine is one of several states and Canadian provinces that participate in the program.

For more information about the “Click for Babies” Campaign, please contact Patrick Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

October 29, 2013

Youthlinks’ School Garden Army helps extend the growing season

Filed under: Teens,Youthlinks — Tags: , , , , , — Vicky @ 8:56 am

Members of Youthlinks’ fall School Garden Army program put together a cold frame designed to help extend the life of winter vegetables growing in the Youthlinks garden. The garden hosts a summer School Garden Army and is used extensively by RSU 13, Youthlinks programs, and community gardeners. The cold frame was generously donated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox & Lincoln Counties. Pictured from left are AmeriCorps Vista alum Seth Walton, Oceanside West students Kat Cova and Rain Zimmer, Oceanside East student Ashley Ellis, and AmeriCorps Great Strides volunteer and Youthlinks program manager Sarah Woodman.  For more information, contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983.

 

cold frame photo

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Offers Late Fall Sessions for Students

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens,Youthlinks — Tags: , , , , , — Vicky @ 8:47 am

Seven exciting Youthlinks sessions are being offered beginning on November 12th for grades 8 – 12 in the Rockland region.  Toboggan Building, Holiday Cooking Club, The Art of Gift Giving (and making), Caroling, Funny Bones, Music Fanatics Club, and Soup Kitchen Saturdays will begin soon.  Students may register by returning the completed registration form to the Oceanside High School Office, registering online at www.youthlinksonline.org/ohs, or phoning 594-2221.  All classes are free of charge.

 

Toboggan Building will take place twice a week after school in collaboration with the Apprenticeshop.  Students will learn to build a sled that they can race in the 2014 National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl.

 

Holiday Cooking Club, offered on Tuesdays, includes well-loved holiday recipes such as gingerbread, potato latkes, and a traditional southern new year’s meal.  Students will also be learning the stories behind these holiday dishes, and of course, enjoying what they cook.

 

The Art of Giving is a fun and creative session designed to make gifts for friends and family, including a special pet.  Jewelry, pet toys or dog biscuits, ornaments, or IPad cases are just some of the many ideas for holiday gift-making.

 

Caroling provides those who love to sing or play an instrument to join in and spread holiday cheer.  All singing and playing abilities are welcome.

 

Funny Bones is for those interested in comedy or acting who wish to hone their skills through hilarious improvisation games.  Offered on Friday, it is a great way to start the weekend energized and laughing.

 

Music Fanatics Club explores ways to get involved in the music world including visits to local community radio station WRFR.  This session is ALL about students’ love of music.

 

Soup Kitchen Saturdays is offered the second Saturday of each month with a choice of December 14th or January 11th. Students join other volunteers making a meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland  as a way to help others and offer a meaningful way to earn community service hours.

 

For Oceanside High School-West student going to a Youthlinks program, most of the 2:30 PM school buses go to the Oceanside High School- East campus for their first stop.  Youthlinks is located right next to the Oceanside High School-East campus.  There is no bus home and transportation would need to be arranged by the student or their parent(s).  Program space is limited with confirmations emailed to parents and students.  Waiting lists are established when demand for a session exceeds capacity.

 

Students and their parents with questions or feedback may contact the Youthlinks office at 594-2221, by email at  ylinfo@brmaine.org, or on Facebook at Youthlinks.Staff.  Youthlinks, serving youth for over thirty-one years, is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit community organization .

 

 

October 24, 2013

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Offers Late Fall Sessions for Students

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 10:08 am

Seven exciting Youthlinks sessions are being offered beginning on November 12th for grades 8 – 12 in the Rockland region.  Toboggan Building, Holiday Cooking Club, The Art of Gift Giving (and making), Caroling, Funny Bones, Music Fanatics Club, and Soup Kitchen Saturdays will begin soon.  Students may register by returning the completed registration form to the Oceanside High School Office, registering online at www.youthlinksonline.org/ohs, or phoning 594-2221.  All classes are free of charge.

Toboggan Building will take place twice a week after school in collaboration with the Apprenticeshop.  Students will learn to build a sled that they can race in the 2014 National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Holiday Cooking Club, offered on Tuesdays, includes well-loved holiday recipes such as gingerbread, potato latkes, and a traditional southern new year’s meal.  Students will also be learning the stories behind these holiday dishes, and of course, enjoying what they cook.

The Art of Giving is a fun and creative session designed to make gifts for friends and family, including a special pet.  Jewelry, pet toys or dog biscuits, ornaments, or IPad cases are just some of the many ideas for holiday gift-making.

Caroling provides those who love to sing or play an instrument to join in and spread holiday cheer.  All singing and playing abilities are welcome.

Funny Bones is for those interested in comedy or acting who wish to hone their skills through hilarious improvisation games.  Offered on Friday, it is a great way to start the weekend energized and laughing.

Music Fanatics Club explores ways to get involved in the music world including visits to local community radio station WRFR.  This session is ALL about students’ love of music.

Soup Kitchen Saturdays is offered the second Saturday of each month with a choice of December 14th or January 11th. Students join other volunteers making a meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland  as a way to help others and offer a meaningful way to earn community service hours.

For Oceanside High School-West students going to a Youthlinks program, most of the 2:30 PM school buses go to the Oceanside High School- East campus for their first stop.  Youthlinks is located right next to the Oceanside High School-East campus.  There is no bus home and transportation would need to be arranged by the student or their parent(s).  Program space is limited with confirmations emailed to parents and students.  Waiting lists are established when demand for a session exceeds capacity.

Students and their parents with questions or feedback may contact the Youthlinks office at 594-2221, by email at  ylinfo@brmaine.org, or on Facebook at Youthlinks.Staff.  Youthlinks, serving youth for over thirty-one years, is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit community organization .

 

 

Maine Children’s Trust Awards Funds to Broadreach Family & Community Services

Filed under: Child Services,Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 9:57 am

Kate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that a grant in the amount of $9,860 has been awarded to the organization by the Maine Children’s Trust.  The funds will be dedicated for a parent education program entitled “Raising a Thinking Child”.  Project activities including staff training and coordination with schools and other service providers will begin in January.  Classes for parents will begin in April and will be delivered at several sites throughout Waldo County.

Ms. Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful for this grant which will allow us to serve families through the highly regarded “Raising a Thinking Child” Program.  This parent education model has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.”

This free program provides six two-hour parent sessions geared for parents of children enrolled in Broadreach programs or referred by other organizations.  Instructors will be early childhood educational professionals.  “Raising a Thinking Child” is an evidence-based, research supported program.  It was previously offered from 2005 to 2009 by Broadreach in collaboration with Waldo County Head Start but had been discontinued due to insufficient funding.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council Director for Waldo and Knox counties, noted, ‘Raising a Thinking Child’ program developer and professor emeritus of Drexel University Dr. Myrna B. Shure has agreed to work with Broadreach to support the delivery and evaluation of the program.  She has agreed to provide her expertise at no charge to Broadreach or for the program.  This is a tremendous honor and we feel very fortunate that we can pass this direct knowledge on to the parents and families in our region.”

“Raising a Thinking Child” is designed to build on both family and community strengths.  The program emphasizes strong parent-child bonding and positive communication and discipline.  The overall goal is to positively impact the healthy development of children and help prevent anti-social behaviors.

The program helps parents teach their children problem-solving language and helps guide them in thinking and talking for themselves, to recognize and be sensitive to their own and others’ feelings, and to develop alternative solutions to everyday problems.  “Raising a Thinking Child” helps build confidence in parenting skills and parents’ own abilities to solve day-to-day family problems.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving Waldo and Knox Counties with family strengthening services, case management for people of all ages, middle and high school programs in Knox County, and early childhood education programs throughout both counties.  Broadreach works collaboratively with a number of community organizations and schools to deliver quality programs in the region.  For more information about “Raising a Thinking Child” contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.