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Maureen Onyélobi

Mitchell Hamline School of Law and All Square partner with Pipeline from prison to law program

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law will welcome Maureen Onyelobi to its juris doctor program this fall, making Mitchell Hamline the first ABA-approved law school in the nation to educate those currently incarcerated.

It’s a moment that’s been in the works for nearly three years as a collective effort by the Prison to Law Pipeline., a program of All Square and its newly formed subsidiary, Legal Revolution. The effort aims to transform the law through initiatives centered on racial equity, the well-being and expertise of those most affected by the law.

Onyelobi was notified of her acceptance last Thursday (June 9) by President and Dean Anthony Niedwiecki and John Goeppinger, director and co-founder of Legal Revolution. They traveled to Shakopee State Prison to deliver the historic news. “We have a drive and a passion to learn the law that most have never seen before, because we know what it’s like to be here,” Onyelobi said. “We know what it’s like to be on this side of the law.”

“Learning about the law is a vital vehicle for freedom and lasting change in our community,” said Elizer Darris, Chairman of the Board of Legal Revolution. “Maureen’s acceptance is social proof that the time for change has come and the energy is there to change it.” Darris – who co-founded the legal revolution with Goeppinger and Emily Hunt Turner, CEO and founder of All Square – studied law in prison and developed the legal argument that ultimately led to his release when the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned his life sentence in 2016. .

The Prison to Law pipeline is an extension of an existing partnership between Mitchell Hamline and All Square, who have worked together to provide civil legal services to those returning from prison since 2018.

“Mitchell Hamline has a long history of finding ways to broaden the idea of ​​who can go to law school,” said Dean Niedwiecki. “It’s important that people in prison have a better understanding of the criminal justice system, and this is an important way to do that. Our students will also benefit from having Maureen in class with them.

Mitchell Hamline currently runs two clinics, led by Professors Brad Colbert and Jon Geffen, which work directly with those currently incarcerated and those recently released.

A series of factors made Onyelobi’s acceptance to law school possible. The American Bar Association recently granted a waiver to allow her to attend classes entirely online, which she will do from Shakopee. The waiver will allow Mitchell Hamline to admit up to two incarcerated students each academic year for five years. Onyelobi’s tuition will be paid for through private fundraising and the same scholarship available to all Mitchell Hamline students.

The Prison to Law pipeline also has the full support of Commissioner Paul Schnell of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, who endorsed the JD program as well as Legal Revolution’s undergraduate paralegal program, which successfully launched in August 2021 in partnership with North Hennepin Community College.

“The fact that those who have come through the system are helping to craft and challenge the law by accessing high-level legal education for their own well-being, as well as for the well-being and service of others, is a remarkable opportunity,” Schnell said. “It’s something I’m really proud to support.”

The Legal Revolution will celebrate the Prison to Law Pipeline and this historic event when it publicly launches on June 15, 2022.

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13 local students compete for Laurel Queen | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 11 Jun 2022 06:34:03 +0000

PROVIDED PHOTOS Students from 13 area schools are among the 27 candidates for Laurel Queen 2022.

The 80th annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival will take place in Wellsboro through June 19, culminating in the crowning of the 2022 Laurel Queen.

The 2021 Laurel Queen, Miss Central Mountain Jocelyn Renninger, will crown her successor, according to a press release.

The Laurel Festival Parade, themed “Music of America” will feature the 27 Laurel Queen contestants waving to the crowd from floats. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, with coronation ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Theater at Deane Center.

Students from 13 area schools are among the candidates for Laurel Queen:

Nicole Marie Embick represents Bucktail Area High School. She is the daughter of Tracy and Jeff Embick of Chapman Township, near North Bend.

Embick enjoys sports, hunting, fishing, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

This fall, Embick plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to earn an associate’s degree in applied science in nursing and become a registered nurse.

Ashley Rich represents Central Mountain High School. She is the daughter of Tammy Rich of Bald Eagle Township.

Rich likes to hunt and play sports.

This fall, Rich plans to attend Penn State University at State College and major in kinesiology and exercise science and minor in coaching to become a pediatric sports medicine specialist.

Haley Marie Shadle represents Jersey Shore Area Senior High School. She is the daughter of Nichole and Sherman Shadle of Pine Creek Township.

Shadle enjoys traveling, competing in swimming and tennis, and spending time with friends, family, and French Bulldogs.

This fall, she plans to attend Pennsylvania State University at State College to earn a degree in biology. Her goal is to become a dentist. She hopes to one day travel to third world countries to provide dental care to underprivileged people.

Natalie St. James represents Montgomery Area Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Tammy and Phil St. James of Clinton Township.

In grades 11 and 12, St. James was on the varsity track team, was a student council member, and volunteered at the food bank.

This fall, St. James plans to attend Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania to earn a degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Ruby Anne Muse represents the secondary school in the Montoursville area. She is the daughter of Julia Muse of Montoursville and Dale Brion of Liberty.

Muse is a competitive target archer and was a student and volunteer at Epic Percussion, a percussion school and retail outlet in Williamsport.

After graduating in 2023, Muse plans to attend a four-year college and major in nursing, with a minor in Spanish. Muse hopes to study and/or volunteer abroad with a nursing program in a Spanish-speaking country.

Hayley Ridge represents North Penn-Liberty Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Mandy and Christopher Ridge of Roaring Branch in Jackson Township.

Ridge will attend Mansfield University this fall. She received a presidential scholarship from Mansfield University and plans to major in business administration and minor in Spanish. His goal is to become a manager in a corporate chain such as Walmart.

Alison Davey represents North Penn-Mansfield High School. She is the daughter of Andrea and Craig Lee of Richmond Township and Todd Davey of Mansfield.

Davey snowboards, cooks, runs an Etsy business and loves to travel.

From September of this year to June 2023, Davey will attend and complete the cosmetology program at Cheeks Beauty Academy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, then plans to return to his hometown to work in a hair salon. Her goal is to open her own salon.

Gianna Marie Godfrey represents the South Williamsport area junior/senior high school. She is the daughter of Jessica Clark of Williamsport and Michael Godfrey of South Williamsport.

In 1998 Godfrey’s mother represented South Williamsport and was crowned Laurel Queen that year.

This fall, Godfrey plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and major in exercise science.

Jaden Nixon represents St. John Neumann Regional Academy. She is the daughter of Alicia Faulkner of Williamsport and Cleavon Nixon of Nassau, Bahamas.

Nixon enjoys working out in the gym, drawing, and practicing Spanish.

After graduating in 2023, Nixon plans to major in criminal justice and minor in psychology and earn a master’s degree.

Zoe Pedro represents Sullivan County Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Nichole and Christopher Pedro of Cherry Township.

Pedro loves art, travel, cosmetics and skiing.

This fall, Pedro plans to attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to earn a degree in radiological science with a minor in studio art. Her goal is to become a diagnostic ultrasound technician.

Alayna Wilkins represents Warrior Run High School. She is the daughter of Rachel and Bruce Wilkins of Delaware Township.

Wilkins enjoys playing team sports as well as hiking and other outdoor activities.

This fall, Wilkins will attend the honors program at Geneva College in Beaver Falls and major in communication disorders and minor in Spanish. She plans to become a bilingual speech therapist and would like to continue doing missionary work and traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.

Regan Laurel Regina represents Wellsboro Area High School. She is the daughter of Gretchen Regina and Chad Tennis of Wellsboro and Che Regina of Royersford.

Regina enjoys singing, painting and boating.

This fall, Regina plans to attend Penn State University at State College to earn a degree in aerospace engineering and physics. His goal is to work for NASA as an aerospace engineer.

Mia Isabella Birch represents Williamsport Area High School and her community as the Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen nominee. She is the daughter of Michelle Pulizzi of Williamsport and Tony Birch of South Williamsport.

Birch studied dance at the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy in Williamsport and enjoys drawing, writing, photography and modeling.

After graduating in 2023, Birch plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and major in environmental science with a minor in astronomy. His goal is to become a scientist and work for NASA.

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Elon University / Today at Elon / Callie Kelly named 2022 Bloomberg Fellow Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:18:13 +0000

As a fellow, Kelly will work toward a master’s degree in public health through an initiative designed to tackle critical health issues.

Callie Kelly, Campus Recreation and Wellness Assistant Director for Student Wellness at Elon University, has been named a 2022 Bloomberg Fellow in the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Callie Kelly, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness for Student Wellbeing

As a fellow, Kelly will be part of a cohort of 60 members who will receive world-class public health training to tackle critical health issues across the country. She received a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University.

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative was created in 2016 with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies in honor of the centennial of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through education, research, and practice, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative works to address critical 21st century health challenges in the United States, with the goal of improving health and saving lives across the country. Since its inception, the Initiative has focused on promoting equity, using evidence and changing policy.

“At this critical time for the health of our nation, we are thrilled to welcome this new class of Bloomberg Scholars to the school,” said Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie. “Through the scholarship, we look forward to partnering with and strengthening great organizations across the country.”

The initiative selects fellows from organizations working on one of five critical health challenges facing the nation: substance abuse and overdoses, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, adolescent health and violence. Kelly is one of 20 fellows who will work in the area of ​​addiction and overdose. Fellows come from 24 states and the District of Columbia.

“I believe my whole career has prepared me for this exact moment,” Kelly says. “Studying at the Bloomberg School of Public Health is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to be among the scholarship recipients.”

Kelly oversees a range of substance abuse education programs at Elon, including advising the ASHES Substance-Free Living and Learning Community and the Phoenix Free College Recovery Program. Prior to joining Elon in 2016, Kelly served as a prevention specialist at SouthLight Healthcare in Raleigh, NC, and at Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford in Greensboro, NC. Kelly has also worked as a tobacco education specialist.

“Elon’s collaboration and partnership with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative will provide a unique opportunity to align our missions to have a meaningful impact on public health outcomes related to student mental health and substance use” , says Kelly.

Kelly is actively involved in various local and national organizations that address addiction and recovery in higher education. She is also a member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC).

In May, she received the Elon Student Life Division Innovation Award, an award given to a professional who has developed new, unique, or open new programs, services, or ways of working. new ways to support our division’s mission and goals.

Launched in 2017, the Bloomberg Fellows program offers full scholarships for full or part-time study. Fellows agree that upon completion of the program they will work for their collaborating organization for at least one additional year.

Bumpers College welcomes students from Arkansas Lighthouse Academies for AGRI-STEM experience Tue, 07 Jun 2022 05:04:21 +0000 Micayla Blair Last year’s day trip with Bumpers College for Arkansas Lighthouse Academies and 70 students in grades 8-12 has been transformed into an agri-STEM summer enrichment academy three days for …]]>

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Last year’s day trip with Bumpers College for Arkansas Lighthouse Academies and 70 students in grades 8-12 has been transformed into an agri-STEM summer enrichment academy three days for 25 seventh and eighth graders.

U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences is welcoming students from the Arkansas Lighthouse Academies for the second straight summer, but this year’s experience will be different.

Last summer, the college hosted more than 70 ALA students, teachers, and administrators for an introduction to the college, its majors, and career paths.

Students in grades eight through 12 ate lunch, met Dean Deacue Fields, watched demonstrations, participated in activities, toured facilities, and interacted with faculty and staff from most college departments, all in one day.

This year, a smaller group of students are spending three days in Fayetteville, beginning Tuesday, June 7, as part of the Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy.

“Bumpers College has developed strategic recruiting goals, many of which focus on intentionally recruiting a younger audience,” said Katie Dilley, the college’s undergraduate recruiting coordinator. “We want to create more of these learning opportunities for PK-12 audiences to teach students about all that is happening at Bumpers College and the careers available to them in the fields of agriculture, food and life sciences. This is just the first of additional summer and day camps.”

ALA and Bumpers College, along with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, are working together on this Agri-STEM summer institute. The fully sponsored initiative provides 25 seventh and eighth graders from Pine Bluff and Jacksonville with hands-on learning experiences, exposure to agricultural-related technical and scientific operations and procedures, at the School of Science in the human environment, social networking, an introduction to college majors and career opportunities, and a white coat closing ceremony. Students will also learn about life on campus and the university in general, such as the Razorback and Senior Walk traditions, the resources available to students, and the dining and residence halls.

“We are extremely excited about the partnership between Arkansas Lighthouse Academies and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas,” said ALA Superintendent LaShawnDa D. Noel. “This collaboration demonstrates each organization’s commitment to exposing the future (academics) to the agriculture industry through a host of carefully curated student enrichment activities and experiences. We hope these experiences continue. to expose our scholars to various areas of agricultural science and foster additional opportunities for them to explore careers in agri-STEM fields.”

“Our primary goal is to educate students about the area of ​​opportunity within Bumpers College and to highlight specialty education and career opportunities,” Dilley said. “The second is to educate academics about college readiness, specifically introducing them to all the benefits of attending Bumpers College and the U of A. We want students to engage directly with college leaders and our faculty and learn about the resources available to them when they are students here. Many of these students will be first-generation students, and we want to help build intentional relationships with them to foster a positive experience with the U of HAS. “

In addition to campus activities, ALA students and staff will spend time at Crystal Bridges, learning about the intersection of art, agriculture, architecture, and nature in with regard to horticulture, landscaping and the grounds and paths around the museum.

The group will also interact and participate in leadership development activities with representatives from the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Natural Sciences section of the University of Alberta.

“Gen Z and agriculture play a vital role in our global economy and our competitive workforce,” said Wendell Scales, ALA’s Deputy Director of Innovation. “It is our job as educators and key community players to ensure that a well-developed pathway in agricultural science and technology for underrepresented scholars in Arkansas is readily available.”

The week will be crowned by the ceremony of the white coat.

“This is traditionally used to initiate the next generation of scholars and professionals into their chosen field of study,” Dilley said. “It emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning and challenges the next generation to go out into the world to make a difference. As scholars complete the summer institute, Dean Fields and Dr ( Lona) Robertson (Associate Dean) will induct scholars into the world of higher education by ‘coating’ them in their white coat ceremony.This symbolizes their ongoing journey of education and partnership with Bumpers College to support them throughout along their way.

Arkansas Lighthouse Academies has campuses in Jacksonville (K-12), Pine Bluff (K-8), and North Little Rock (K-5) and focuses on arts-based programs with an emphasis on social development.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Arkansas Lighthouse Academies,” Dilley said. “ALA is working to develop an Agri-STEM program at its Pine Bluff campus. To emphasize its program, Bumpers College is building year-round connections with ALA by providing professional research and exposure in the real world. As a result, ALA Scholars will be educated in all areas of Agri-STEM, and upon graduation, these scholars will be able to further their careers by studying in one of our majors at Bumpers College.”

Administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students affiliated with other schools are encouraged to contact Dilley (, 479-575-2252) if they wish to coordinate tours and visits.

“Bumpers College plans to develop additional one-day and multi-day programs for PK-12 audiences,” Dilley said. “If a school or community group would like to inquire about creating a program based on your scholar’s goals, you are welcome to contact us. As always, any group can arrange individual and group tours with Bumpers College. ”

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of life. human life; and who will be first-choice candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, decision makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and longtime U.S. senator who propelled the state into national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

Santa Maria students have completed job readiness training and are ready to join your company as summer interns! | Columnists Sun, 05 Jun 2022 01:00:00 +0000

This spring, a record number of Santa Barbara County high school students were admitted to Partners in Education’s paid employment readiness training and internship program. This program empowers students to face the world ahead through hands-on career exploration and paid work experience, and is only possible with the support of local employers and community volunteers.

Community volunteers serve as career coaches who meet with students virtually weekly, covering topics ranging from financial planning and recovery coaching, to advice on the big life decisions they will make after graduating from college. ‘secondary studies. Students are paid for their time, fulfilling the need to invest in themselves professionally and earn a paycheck at the same time.

The 73 students who completed their 8 weeks of training this spring are eager to be matched with a local employer for a paid summer internship. Students earn minimum wage for their internship hours, and employers serving as intern hosts pay only a portion of the salary – a flat rate of $800. Partners makes this process easier for employers by taking care of the paperwork and facilitation. This way, students get the experience they need, while companies get 80 hours of staff support at a discount.

Students come to the program with a wide range of interests and career dreams. Partner staff strive to match students’ skills and interests with meaningful roles. Program graduates have worked as: hostesses at museums, construction and project management apprentices, assistants on software or engineering programs, front desk staff at medical clinics and dental practices, and more Again ! Some of the top industries of interest to Santa Maria students currently are: Health Sciences and Medical Technology, Finance and Business, and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

All participating students receive presentations on financial literacy during their workshops where they learn how to build a credit score, understand 401k and IRA savings, what to look for when financing their first car, and they even practice creating a budget!

Russ Garrison, president of Bethel Engineering, the first company in Santa Maria to hire a student intern through this program, tells us about the great experience he had with a high school student and graduate of the Employment Readiness from Partners in Education:

“[Neev] was quick and reliable. He seems to grow in confidence when interacting with engineering professionals and asking good questions. We highly recommend participation in this program for the benefit of our future industry professionals and the experience it provides. »

Has your company ever considered the level of support a qualified student intern can offer you? Do you see a lack of local students applying for jobs in your industry since the pandemic?

Let’s show students the opportunities available to them right here in Santa Maria and fuel our local economy! Thank you to all of the Santa Maria businesses that have hired interns so far:

● Santa Barbara County Office of Education – Santa Maria Department of Special Education

● City of Santa Maria, parks and recreation

● Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

● City of Santa Maria, Public Library

● Projector Properties

● RW Scott Construction

It’s a great way to give back and take the hassle out of paperwork and recruiting. How do you make sure you find the right student? Just tell Partners you’re ready to hire a student, and they’ll train, manage records, and take care of all the hiring paperwork!

The community of Santa Maria welcomed the students of this program and opened up connections to them that would otherwise have been unimaginable due to the pandemic. Build your workforce from the ground up today and contact to mentor and gain staff support for our next generation of industry leaders today!

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Jason Anderson is the Santa Maria Times Digital Producer. He can be reached at 805-739-2213

ISU Trio students selected for leadership conference | News, Sports, Jobs Fri, 03 Jun 2022 05:15:42 +0000

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Iowa State University TRIO student Natalie Vianey Andrade, MHS, is one of two high school students from Iowa chosen for the National Student Leadership Congress.

Iowa State University TRIO announces that two of its students have been selected to attend the leadership convention this summer.

They were nominated by their talent search advisors and selected by the Council of Opportunity in Education after submitting an application and meeting the appropriate academic standards. Students across the United States are applying for this event.

The selected students are: Katelynn Pentico, Grade 11 student, from Perry High School and Natalie Vianey Andrade, Grade 10 student, from Marshalltown High School.

Bri Laughlin, Natalie’s TRIO Talent Advisor, said, “I nominated Natalie because she is intentional in everything she does. She values ​​hard work, commitment and perseverance. She has a passion for creating positive and meaningful change within her community; she is always thinking about the big picture and what she can do to help. I want to see her grow in her ability to impact her peers and community while continuing to build her confidence and ability to lead.

The National Student Leadership Congress is where TRIO pre-college students come from the United States and territories to Washington, D.C. to collaborate in finding innovative solutions to today’s societal problems. This is a six-day intensive leadership experience held on the campus of Georgetown University.

ISU TRIO Talent Search is a college preparatory program funded by the United States Department of Education.

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“We create theater with our heart and ourselves” Tue, 31 May 2022 22:40:03 +0000

The stories that take place far from us can be the most important to live. Hamid Dehghani, a graduate student at the School of Communication, believes that as a director he has a responsibility to intentionally challenge misconceptions.

“We don’t need to follow the current trend — we create trends. We need to think about what stories we can bring to start a new conversation,” said Dehghani, who came to Northwestern in 2018 to start the MFA theater program in directing.

Her passion for acting started at an early age, performing in school plays in Kharg, an island in the Persian Gulf in southern Iran. He studied acting at the Art University of Tehran where he first tried directing and discovered “a deep and fundamental joy”. As a theater director working in Tehran, he had read books and plays about American theater and wanted to know more about how people do theater in the United States.

As a graduate student from the North West, Dehghani’s directing projects included “A Moment of Silence”, “Eurydice” and more recently “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”, the magical and realistic drama by Rajiv Joseph which follows two US Marines, their Iraqi translator and a quick-witted tiger through a war-torn Baghdad filled with ghosts and puzzles.

Northwestern Now spoke with Dehghani about his experiences directing for American audiences.

What was the biggest challenge you overcame at Northwestern?

The biggest challenge was making the transition after working for an Iranian audience. You cannot become an American director instantly. You have your whole life and your country with you.

The first play I staged here in 2019 was “A Moment of Silence” by Mohammed Yaghoubi. It was very political and a big problem in Iran when it was produced. It was removed because of the play’s political themes. When I produced it here, I found that audiences weren’t able to get many references. They were engaged only in the story.

I had to figure out how to use my identity as an Iranian director but also create works for American audiences. This is a three year process.

How is the American public different?

America is very big and there are many problems in the United States itself. When things happen far away, for example, a war in the Middle East, that’s news. Americans do not identify with the inhabitants of certain countries. They are not humanized because they do not know them well.

I thought I could be a bridge between what I know and feel as a Middle Eastern artist and present pieces to American audiences that humanize people who are far from American.

School counselors on how to help students recover from pandemic stress Sun, 29 May 2022 09:00:13 +0000

US school counselors described a generation of students who missed crucial periods of social and emotional development during the pandemic, in an article we published on Sunday.

In a New York Times survey of 362 members of the American School Counselor Association, they said they were concerned about basic skills such as children’s ability to learn and make friends, and the alarming increase in anxiety, suicidal thoughts and vandalism. But they are also reassured by the progress children have made since schools reopened and their willingness to ask for help.

“I don’t think Covid is going to destroy this generation,” said Dr. Jennifer Havens, chair of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. “I think children are resilient. But it really increased the stressors in the kids. We have to figure out how to help them. »

Here are eight things advisers suggested:

Extracurricular activities provide a sense of normalcy, counselors said, and a way to detach from computers and practice collaboration and conflict resolution. In some communities, they have been restricted even as schools are open.

“We need to increase social play time for our young students, not increase the number of academics. Students need to work on self-regulation and social skills to catch up, and we see this impacting academic growth. Sarah Flier, Willow River Elementary School, Hudson, Wisconsin.

“College students need and want extracurricular activities that don’t include the computer more than ever. Popular things at my school are sports, Lego leagues, Destination Imagination (a science competition), drama, choir and orchestra. Family game nights, doing puzzles together, doing family community activities, or even sitting down to dinner without technology can help students learn the social-emotional skills they need to succeed. Laura Donica, Indian River School, Canaan, NH

In the survey, three-quarters of counselors said they needed more staff in schools to meet children’s social and emotional needs. This month, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called student mental health “America’s silent epidemic” and called for more school counselors, social workers, psychologists and of nurses.

“We need help. We need more counselors hired. Ratios need to be mandatory and not just recommendations. It’s not sustainable at this level. Cassie Cerny, Weston Elementary, Weston, Wis.

“We invest our money in what we prioritize. I think the ratios of school counselors and social workers clearly illustrate the level of priority. Melissa Ostrowski, Penn Manor School District, Millersville, Pennsylvania.

Many counselors mentioned creating spaces where students could take a break when they were overwhelmed. They called them wellness rooms or reset zones, which have couches, toys, stress balls, snacks, and calming activities.

“I have created and used soothing bottles and stress balls for all grade levels to help students stay focused and calm even when I couldn’t help them. The teachers also came to ask for them for their private lessons. Therese Farmer, Wisdom Consulting Educational Services, Capitol Heights, Md.

Social-emotional learning — things like managing emotions, achieving goals, and practicing empathy — has become an integral part of school. In the survey, eight out of 10 counselors said they teach it to all students. Counselors said it worked best when teachers incorporated it throughout the day. In some places he has been targeted by conservative politicians and activists who have said he is a distraction for academics and teaches “left-wing ideology”.

“Providing students with adequate mental health services should be just as important as any other aspect of the school. Students struggling with anxiety, depression or bereavement are unable to learn and develop to their fullest potential. Unfortunately, in our state, school counselors have sometimes been reviled. Laurenne Hamlin, Concord Middle School, Elkhart, Ind.

Many counselors said they have started teaching schoolwide classes on issues that have become more serious during the pandemic, such as managing anxiety or improving executive functioning. Some suggested sessions that encouraged children to use art or storytelling to process their experiences of the pandemic.

The students responded very positively about opportunities to use art to express and process their feelings of the past two years and their current feelings of anxiety and worry. I relied on the work of local nonprofit for the program and training. Jess Firestone, Buckman Elementary School, Portland, Oregon.

“We need more opportunities for children to talk about the pandemic and its impact on them. Not every student had a horrible experience, and that shouldn’t be minimized either. All students must be given the opportunity to unload on their pandemic experiences. Helen Everitt, Davis Drive Middle School, Cary, North Carolina

Nearly half of counselors surveyed said students were using the internet inappropriately for school more than before, after having increased access during remote school. These included cyberbullying, buying vape pens on social media, researching sexual topics, playing video games during class, and TikTok challenges like vandalism or stealing school property. They suggested further limiting cell phone and internet use, and teaching children to put what they see on social media into context.

“I am concerned about their inability to stay off their phones and social media. I recommend introductory social media courses. Brian Chaapel, Francis Scott Key High School, Union Bridge, Maryland.

Family members and teachers can be a buffer for struggling children, but it’s harder when they’re struggling too, counselors said. They suggested classes, books and videos on how to support children, and more help connecting families to community resources for mental health as well as necessities like housing and food.

“I truly believe that we need to engage our families and our community in the conversation about social and emotional needs. I know families in my small community are hurt and unaware of their own struggles, let alone how family issues affect students and limit adults’ ability to buffer. Sarah Swanson, Tukurngailnguq School, Stebbins, Alaska

“More mental health support for teachers – teachers need to be grounded and able to provide a safe classroom environment for children.” Ann Reavey, Sabot at Stony Point, Richmond, Virginia.

Counselors do preventative work and respond to short-term needs. For more serious problems, they refer students to mental health resources outside of school. But often parents end up on waiting lists or cannot afford the treatment.

“More mental health hospitals, community resources and therapists are needed. A student referred for anxiety may have to be put on a waiting list. Worse still, if a student is in crisis and needs a mental health assessment, the number of beds available in the community is extremely limited. Shannon Donnellon, Clarkston Junior High School, Clarkston, Michigan.

A strong summer job market for teens Fri, 27 May 2022 14:25:19 +0000

Instead of letting customers decide how much to tip, restaurants are increasingly adding a standard “service charge” to customer bills, so servers can count on making more money. , said Mr. Hamilton. Eighteen per cent is common, he said, with the option for customers to increase the amount – but it cannot go lower. Other establishments offer free meals during or after the worker’s shift, or even give out gas cards to help workers cover travel costs to work.

“It’s a very hot market,” Hamilton said, adding that job applicants should be job-ready the day they’re interviewed.

“We are definitely seeing strong demand from employers,” said Vivian Russell, executive director of the True North Youth Program in Telluride, Colorado, a nonprofit group serving teens in the rural southwestern part of the state. . Known for skiing, the area also has a busy summer festival season that attracts tourists as well as seasonal ranch work. Some jobs on ranches and farms pay $18 to $20 an hour, while service jobs can pay $25 to $30 an hour, including tips. True North helps students develop resumes, interview training, workplace etiquette, and other job search skills.

Brenda Gutierrez Ruiz, 20, a student at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, said she was hired for the summer as a youth services specialist at the Telluride Public Library. She said she worked as a library assistant while in high school, earning $12 an hour, but would now earn $21 an hour. “I worked my way up,” she says.

Summer camps, which were often closed in 2020 and began to reopen last year, are hiring counselors, said Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association. Many camps pay contract bonuses to counselors who stay on all summer, he said.

The camp group promotes summer camp employment as a welcome antidote to remote classroom work, which many students have endured during the pandemic shutdowns, as well as a way to learn skills in management. Mr Rosenberg noted that he had worked as a camp counselor as a teenager and by the age of 19 was overseeing a team of 16 staff and “72 energetic seventh graders”. Advisers get experience, he said, but they also “have a lot of fun.”

Students from lower-income families tend to have lower summer work rates than those from more affluent backgrounds, in part because there are often fewer opportunities where they live and because their parents may not have access to social networks that can help their children find jobs, says Modestino. They may have difficulty finding transportation to get to work if the job involves long commutes.

Region 10 Practical Nursing Students Enter Booming Job Market Tue, 24 May 2022 21:39:23 +0000

Ariana Graybill stands alongside Marianne Field and Joanne McMahon during Tuesday’s ceremony. John Terhune / The time record

Mt. Ararat Jr. Ariana Graybill knows the impact a Certified Nursing Assistant can have. She remembers visiting her great-grandfather in a long-term care facility and feeling frustrated with the inattentive care he sometimes received.

“It’s a huge job,” she says. “I just wanted to be that CNA that made a change.”

On Tuesday, Graybill and 18 classmates from Region 10 Technical High School in Brunswick celebrated the completion of the school’s CNA program with a pinning ceremony. The group members, who all took and passed the state of Maine’s certified nursing assistant exam earlier this month, have gone from nervous high schoolers to highly sought-after professionals, according to program instructor Joanne McMahon.

“It’s just the coolest thing to see where they are and what they’ve done with themselves,” McMahon said. “Watching them take care of their residents is just amazing.”

Students in the program split their time between Region 10 of Brunswick and their home schools of Mt. Ararat, Freeport, Brunswick and Harpswell Coastal Academy, McMahon said. They dedicate a portion of each day to classroom instruction, lab work, or clinical shifts at Horizons Living & Rehabilitation Center or Mid Coast Senior Health Center.

“Going into the Region 10 program, there’s definitely that little bit of nervousness,” said Freeport junior Andrew Miller. “You know that at the end of the year you will have your final exam which determines whether or not you get your license.”

Andrew Miller receives his CNA pin from Marianne Field, which helps oversee the program. John Terhune / The time record

But as students practice feeding, bathing and caring for their patients, they quickly develop confidence in their new skills, Miller said. While other certified practical nurse programs end after a few months, the one-year Region 10 course allows McMahon to devote more time to each topic.

“(McMahon) prepares you for anything you could possibly go through in this class and in the CNA field,” Graybill said. “She’s just a really good teacher, and I think that’s what makes this program so much more special than the others.”

Although the Maine Board of Nursing recently reduced the clinical training time required for CNA students from 70 to 40 hours, McMahon said she pushes her students to meet the old standards.

That makes them particularly attractive candidates for employers, who would otherwise have to spend time training new hires, said Carrie Pelletier, senior director of nursing at Mid Coast Senior Health.

“I’m really grateful that (Region 10) has continued with the maximum clinical hours they can put in,” said Pelletier, who called the certified practical nurse role “imperative” for the health care system. health. “They kind of have the upper hand because they’ve had enough time to really learn this skill of time management, where in 40 hours you just learn the real basics.”

Ariana Graybill, right, practices her feeding skills with classmate Mary Wheeler in October 2021. Contributed / Joanne McMahon

This put McMahon students in pole position for jobs in an industry that is already in desperate need of workers.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 19,256 active CNAs are licensed to work in Maine.

While that number is growing, it’s still way off target for many care centers, according to Pelletier. Mid Coast Senior Health recently turned to expensive out-of-state travel CNAs because the center was only able to fill 40% of its available positions with permanent staff, she said. declared.

Maine’s aging population, coupled with the cracks in the economy exposed by the pandemic, have made the practical nursing course and other technical training programs an especially important key to the state’s future, said said Region 10 Superintendent and Director Paul Perzanoski.

“Here in Maine, we have a significant shortage of young people to be able to take over from people who are getting to the point where they are close to retirement,” he said. “It’s a very important pipeline that needs to be filled, especially in the next 10 to 20 years.”

Although they won’t be graduating from high school for another year, Graybill and Miller are already joining their classmates in filling out this pipeline. Both have part-time jobs as CNAs and plan to support themselves through community college as they pursue careers in healthcare.

“Everybody wants DACs,” McMahon said. “We get calls from all kinds of different facilities asking if we have anyone who wants a job. They are in the driver’s seat.

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