Bergen’s Promise Community Resources Director, Kathryn Werheim, will be presenting the Connecting With Our Communities Teen Service Project at the 100th Annual Convention of the NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the industry organization for K-12 Health and Physical Education teachers ( NJ AHPERD 100th Annual Convention). This event will be held on February 24-27, 2019, at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. Sessions will focus on resource topics such as fitness education, technology, health, inclusion, and many others.
The Connecting with Our Communities service project that was implemented last May for Children’s Mental Health month. The project meets NJ Health Learning Standards and helps to get youth talking about these issues, reduce stigma, and learn about the abundance of resources in their county to support families of youth with these issues. She will be reviewing the guidelines of the project and educate participants how to supports collaborative partnerships with county Children’s Interagency Coordinating Councils (CIACC) and Children’s System of Care (CSOC) partners. Participants will also learn to navigate their county ResourceNet.
Connecting with Our Communities is a community service project that raises awareness of issues, conditions and social determinants that negatively affect youth mental/emotional wellbeing. Simultaneously, it raises awareness of community supports (agency, organization, support groups, activities) available in their county. The youth use their ResourceNet to identify, visit and learn about the services provided by the community resource. Creative methods are used to prepare an awareness campaign to inform other teens and their families about the chosen issue and the community resource.
To see this initiative in action, check out the Connecting with Our Communities post where selected youth projects are on display.