Youth and Young Adult Services Meeting Minutes – 12/18/19

In attendance: Kim Borden, BCRHA (via phone), Emily English, Gandara, Jill  Fijal, Chicopee Public Schools, Lisa Goldsmith, Community Action, Jane Lindfors,DTA/DV unit, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, Lizzy Ortiz, Mercy Medical Center, Stacy Parsons, North Adams School, Jean Rogers, CHD, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Tyrese Tilman, CHD, Rhonda Young, CHD


Point in Time Count – Jan. 29 – Hampden CountyThis year, in view of the developing work with youth and young adults, we have new opportunities to reach out with young adults in the count.  There will be outreach through the Youth Action Boards. There will also be targeted events at the Impact Center, HCC, ROCA and STCC. Surveys will also be dropped off at schools.


MA Youth Count:State Special Commission is discussing this year’s youth count.  People recognize the limits of a single date for counting and are considering whether there are any alternatives/additions to provide a more reliable measure of the population.  There will likely be a count in April but stay tuned for more detail.  


Franklin County YHDP: Draft plan was distributed this morning! All are welcome to review it (contact Lisa Goldsmith at lgoldsmith@communityaction.us) for the plan.


Training discussion:The group reviewed possible trainings that would support applicants for funding, as lead-ins to crafting proposals in response to the RFP to help them incorporate the following approaches:

  • trauma informed care
  • positive youth development
  • family engagement
  • permanent connections

Lisa and Gerry will reach out to possible trainers, e.g., C4 for Trauma Informed Care, DYS and DCF, TAC, Plummer Youth Promise. We agreed it would be ideal to offer 2 trainings total that combine 2 topics each, located at HCC to allow for both sub-regions to participate.  We will aim for scheduling mid-Feb and early March.


Next Meeting Schedule: 1/15, 10:30-noon, Room 301, Kittredge Center, HCC, 2/26, 9:30-11, Frost 309, 3/18, 9:30-11, Frost 309, HCC