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SafetyNetworking
Posted on September 30, 2009 by Margaret Lamb
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Date: Monday, October 26, 2009

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Worcester State College, Student Center

RSVP: cmsbostonregionaladministrator@cms.hhs.gov

On Monday, October 26, 2009, community organizations will get a unique opportunity to meet the people who directly administer Federal benefits and who can show you how to share this important information with your clients.

Region I Federal agencies, working in partnership with Worcester State College, will host an event to inform local organizations of the large array of Federal benefits available to low and moderate income people and their families. safetyNetworking will provide organizations with an opportunity to learn about many programs that could be of interest to their clients and to network with others who interact with those clients. Representatives from each agency will be available to speak to staff about programs for low to moderate income individuals and families. There will be printed information and resources, as well as opportunities to network.
This is an event for local organization personnel, not clients.  We will not be able to provide any “1 on 1” counseling.

Among the Federal agencies participating in safetyNetworking you’ll find:

  •  U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Food and Nutrition Services  (FNS)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - FDIC
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  (HHS)
    • Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
    • Agency on Aging (AoA)
    • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Internal Revenue Service – IRS
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
    • Job Corps
    • Employment & Training Administration
    • Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Veteran’s Administration (VA)

RSVP: If you plan to attend, we ask that you RSVP by 12noon, Wednesday, October 21. RSVPs should be sent to  cmsbostonregionaladministrator@cms.hhs.gov  Please provide 1) a contact e-mail address and telephone number, 2) the names of all attendees for your group, and 3) the complete name of your organization. 

Parking: Parking, although limited, is available, but a courtesy pass must be obtained in order to park on campus.  To request a courtesy pass (and directions) prior to the event, please complete the online form at: http://www.worcester.edu/About/Shared%20Documents/campusdirections.aspx  If the form is not completed in advance, visitors must check in with College Police (Room 102, Wasylean Hall) to obtain a parking courtesy pass on the day of the event. Space is limited, so please respond as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Joseph Stone at 617-565-1297.

This summer the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in addition to regular WIA formula funding was used to implement an enhanced youth based workforce training program in New Hampshire that focused on young adults succeeding in the workplace.  The program provided four-weeks of intense immersion in employability and job skills training, followed by five-weeks of work based learning with local employers.  Participants were taught employability and workplace skills and were expected to exhibit these new skills for the full summer work period.

 

The program started with a week of team building, leadership and communication skills training followed by a nationally acclaimed employment skills program that covered an array of critical job skills.  Next, the youth completed a week of science, technology and math remedial activities in a contextual learning environment focused on robotics and automation created by a local firm with a national reputation in technology education.  Finally, participants completed a week of life and career success skills at the Red Cross, including certifications in CPR, first aid and personal financial management.

 

One of the program creators was quoted as saying, “With nearly 50,000 unemployed in New Hampshire and the largest proportion of those young adults,
(our program) enables local youth coming from challenging financial circumstances an opportunity to gain essential and critical job skills, establish work-based experience and make connections with employers.”  He also stated that these youth have been given the challenge to seize the opportunities offered by the program and learn that they may need to change their habits and ideas in order to gain jobs and build careers.

 

The project had 45 participants this summer and the program leaders are working with local high schools and the Red Cross to launch a second program in a different area of New Hampshire.

 

Link to the Conference Board Economic Forecast for the U.S. Economy by clicking here: http://www.conference-board.org/pdf_free/economics/2009_09_14.pdf

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