Monday, March 19, 2012
Lamar Graham's recent article for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program's Common Ground newsletter:
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dept. of Health and Human Services with Alex McFarland of FCAA Ohio
The White House Community Partnership Summits are day-long programs held in 12 cities across the country, which bring senior Obama Administration officials and Agency staff from diverse policy areas together with civic, community, non-profit and business leaders to discuss issues critical to each particular community, region, and the nation.
These Summits are designed to connect senior Obama Administration officials from diverse policy areas with community, civic, non-profit, and business leaders to discuss issues critical to the their communities and to the nation.
The goals of the White House Community Partnership Summits are:
1.) Relationship Building—To establish a space where community leaders can meaningfully engage and interact with key decision and policy makers in the Obama Administration (regional and from Washington) on diverse policy areas that affect their community.
2. ) Obama Administration 101— To ensure that participants gain a deeper understanding of the Administration’s work, learn how they can connect with the Federal Government at the local level, and plan for the work yet to be done
3. ) Sharing Ideas—To empower participants to identify policy and programmatic areas of concern to their community. Administration officials will receive and respond to constructive criticism and feedback, and identify local success stories and practices in policy areas that could benefit other communities across the country.
4. ) Working Together—To allow participants to connect with one another and Administration officials to bring specific tools to amplify and leverage community solutions. Participants and Administration officials will work together to identify and develop opportunities for leaders and stakeholders to collaborate with the Obama Administration and other leaders from the community and across the country.
The White House Office of Public Engagement encourages continued conversation on their online forum.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
In 2011, the Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America began facilitating monthly Independent Living trainings at Village Network Columbus, in order to help foster care youth prepare for the transition to adulthood.
Our most recent workshop included a trust walk...
Our most recent workshop included a trust walk...
The Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is a proud supporters of our younger brothers and sisters in and from foster care...
It is our joy and our privilege to serve in the facilitator role for the Ohio Youth Advisory Board, and to invest our time in helping build additional county youth advisory boards.
Congratulations to newly elected Fairfield County Youth Advisory Board Officers:
- President Kaytie Roger
- Vice President Kia Williams
- Media Spokesperson Tyler Reigle
- Secretary Shyanna Fritz
- Parliamentarian Destiny Williams
- Treasurer Cory Griffin
Friday, March 9, 2012
Congratulations to Lamar Graham for being chosen for the Civic Scholars Program of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago -- this was a nationally competitive process, and we in Ohio are incredibly proud of him!!
The National Conference on Volunteering and Service is the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.
The Civic Scholars Program provides 50 individuals with community involvement experience and high potential for future civic engagement with:
- waived Conference registration
- direct access to experts
- continuing education opportunities
Lamar Graham was chosen for this opportunity based upon his active civic engagement and community involvement, and his willingness to commit to this one-year initiative.
As graduate of Wilberforce University, and someone who has experienced foster care firsthand, Lamar’s desire is to help other young people succeed. His dedication towards this goal is exemplified through his actions.
- On numerous occasions, Lamar has met with foster care youth at Franklin County Children Services, Village Network and Syntaxis to share resources available through I Know I Can, the only college access program in Columbus: This national organization was founded by community and civic leaders who believed that no child should be denied a college education simply because they could not afford it – and Lamar’s vision is to bridge the gap between foster care and higher education.
As an aspiring civic leader, Lamar continues to share his insights:
- In 2011, Lamar testified before the Ohio Senate Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee regarding a proposed bill, Foster Youth Notification Provisions, which would have required notification to the local community when a foster child moves into the neighborhood, at the same level as if that young person were an adult sexual offender.
- It was Lamar who reminded Ohio legislators to imagine what it was like to be a young person in foster care, having experienced abuse/neglected by their parents, to then feel labeled and alienated by the community as well. And it was this level of courage and diplomacy that led to this proposed bill being overturned.
Lamar's recent decision to pursue nonprofit training certification at OSU is just one more indicator of his long-term commitment towards creating lasting change.