Preview of June 7, 2017 CSN Meeting ~ Successful Transitions to Adulthood

May 26, 2017

The featured topic of our June 7th CSN Partner meeting will be “Successful Transitions to Adulthood.” We will learn about several local programs from a panel of guest presenters.

Programs & Presenters

  • Nevada County Behavioral Health, Children’s Department – Hayley Elrod and Rob Ferrer, Child Therapists
  • Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (NCSOS) – Several programs including: Foster Youth Services, Independent Living, Indian Education, THP Plus (Transitional Housing Program Plus) – Melissa Marcum, Program Coordinator
  • Nevada Joint Union High School District – Adolescent Family Life Programs – Jolene Hardin, AFLP/Cal-Learn Case Manager
  • The Friendship Club and Western Sierra Medical Clinic – Cassie Rodriguez, Youth Outreach Coordinator

Building the Network Moment: Summer Camps and Activities ~ Loydyne Lane, Advertising & Marketing Director, Parents’ Resource Guide

Meeting time & location: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 ~ 3:30-5pm. Gene Albaugh Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

Info: The Community Support Network (CSN) meets on the first Wednesday of most months (July, August, and December on hiatus), 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Optional open networking time is at 3:15 p.m. CSN Partners and members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information, contact CSN Coordinator, Susan Sanford, at 530-913-0270 (messages) or

Alert to Parents and all who work with youth ~ “Blue Whale Challenge” reported online suicide game

May 26, 2017

Thanks to Kim Honeywell, Program Coordinator, Suicide Prevention & Intervention, Nevada County Public & Behavioral Health, and Rebecca Slade, Nevada County Behavioral Health Director for this info.

Here’s the note from Kim:

Please, keep alert for any talk or social media chatter about the Blue Whale Challenge (Also known by A Silent House, A Sea of Whales, F57, F-57).  A worldwide, social media game of 50 challenges including self-mutilation, with the ultimate challenge … suicide.  This game is making its way to the US.  Here’s a quick link to learn more:

Please alert your colleges and other youth providers, educators and advocates.

Here are links to additional reports…


New Name for DVSAC ~ This Summer

May 26, 2017

Thanks to Stephanie Fischer, Associate Director of Outreach & Development, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition, for this info, which is also posted here:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition is rebranding this summer…

Community Beyond Violence ~ Engage. Empower. Prevent.

At DVSAC, we seek to lift our community beyond all forms of interpersonal violence by engaging the community, empowering individuals, and reducing violence through prevention.

This rebranding aligns more closely with our goal of providing support for families and building healthy relationships in the community while offering services for survivors of interpersonal violence. The focus is  solution-oriented and creates a positive message. Services include resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and expand into fields like human trafficking, bullying, child and elder abuse and promoting healthy relationships. The new name, Community Beyond Violence, will be official this Summer.  

The rebranding efforts go hand in hand with the agency’s new structure of shared leadership. Increasingly, non-profits are looking to restructure their organizations to practice shared leadership, in which the top level of executive leadership is shared internally by two or three people, rather than a sole Executive Director. In August 2016, DVSAC’s Board of Directors decided to make the shift to this de-centralized organizational model. Three staff members fill the shared leadership positions — Stephanie Fischer as the Director of Outreach & Development, Nancy Ramsey as the Director of Programs, and Nancy Bassett as the Director of Finance. The Board has found this to be a successful way to engage more staff in leadership and  decision-making.  The goal is to strengthen the role of the organization in the community and promote partnerships in building a movement for progressive social change.

Western Sierra Medical Clinic expands to Kings Beach-Tahoe

May 26, 2017

Thanks to Cheryl Rubin, Chief Communications Officer, Western Sierra Medical Clinic, for this info. The full press release is at and here: Western_Sierra_expands_to_Kings_Beach-Tahoe

Western Sierra Medical Clinic will begin operating the Placer County health center in Kings Beach-Tahoe, ensuring that thousands of residents will continue receiving accessible, affordable and quality health care.

The health center, 8665 Salmon Ave., will open as a Western Sierra facility on July 5. The county transfers operations to Western Sierra on July 1. Most of the county medical staff will remain at the health center and join Western Sierra.

The health center will offer medical and dental care, and could soon expand services, including pediatrics and women’s health.

Western Sierra, the largest outpatient provider in Nevada County, will have seven health centers with the addition of Kings Beach-Tahoe, including three in Placer County. The nonprofit opened two health centers in Auburn in late 2016.

United Way Day of Action ~ June 1

May 26, 2017

Thanks to Donna Cobb, Administrative Assistant, United Way of Nevada County, for this info. Here’s the press release, excerpts below: UW-Press Release_ Day of Action 2017

United Way of Nevada County (UWNC) is planning its 9th annual “Day of Action” for June 1st. This is a national day of service for United Ways throughout the world; a day to positively change communities. This day of giving back to the community will be a fun and rewarding event for all of the individuals involved. Many projects will be accomplished on this day of collaboration. Projects such as painting, gardening, weeding, organizing, and filing are just an example of some of the different types of projects that will be taking place on the Day of Action.

Volunteers are needed. Contact United Way by mid-May, if you are interested in helping out with this community event. Please call 530-274-8111 or email

Free Clothing Ministry Event ~ June 12

May 26, 2017

God's Closet logo

Thanks to Teni Oregon, Director of the nonprofit called “God’s Closet” in Grass Valley for this info. The free shopping day ($1 entrance fee) is on June 12th. 

Donations are still being welcomed for the event. Contact Teni at info below if you have children’s clothing to donate.

  • What ~ Free Children’s Clothes ($1 entrance fee, then shop for free)
  • When ~ Monday, June 12 from 9am-1pm
  • Where ~ Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Rd, Grass Valley
  • Contact ~ Teni Oregon, 541-561-2398,
  • Info ~ From the national website “God’s Closet is a ministry of Adventist Community Services that engages Seventh-day Adventist churches throughout North America in service to their communities. We collect new and gently used children’s clothes and shoes, then once a quarter we have a Free Shop-day Event and give the clothes out free!!! Only a small entrance fee is charged per family (usually $1.00).
  • There are no requirements to receive donations from God’s Closet. If you are a family in need of clothes for your little ones, we invite you to join us for our Free Shop-day Event where you can take “free of charge” clothes for your children. Please check our Upcoming Events page. God’s Closet offers clothes for children from newborn to teenager.”

Fun Day at Western Gateway Park ~ June 21

May 26, 2017

Thanks to Laurie DeMartini at the Penn Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center, for this info.

The Penn Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center is sponsoring the Fun Day at Western Gateway Park on June 21. Here’s the flyer: PARTNERS Fun Day


Step Up to Kindergarten ~ Starts July 6

May 26, 2017


Registration is now open for Step Up to Kindergarten, which runs July 6-26. Here’s the flyer with info: Step Up to Kindergarten-July 6-26

YMCA – Summer Day Camps, Camp Counselor Jobs, & Teen Volunteer Program

May 26, 2017

Thanks to Rachel Levesque, Program Coordinator, Gold Country YMCA of Superior California, for this info about the Summer YMCA Day Camp program for ages 5-12. Documents below. 

YMCA offers low cost day camp and scholarships for those who qualify. Camps are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday with six sessions, June 19-Aug 4.

Dates & Themes and Registration info for campers

Job and Application info for Day Camp Counselors

Volunteer Program Description and Application for Teens

Info ~ Rachel Levesque, Program Coordinator, Gold Country YMCA of Superior California,

Quick Links ~ May 30, 2017 edition

May 23, 2017

“Quick Links” allows us to fit more info into the CSNNC e-news and keep upcoming events on the radar.  E-news content is pulled from our website News page, so you can find all recent items here:

This “How To” guide tells how CSN can help you share information, and includes submission guidelines for CSN e-news: csn_how-to_guide-for-speaking-inquiries-info-sharing. It’s also posted at the bottom of the home page on our website:

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