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Apr 18

Human Services Springs Forward with Training and Awareness Events

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 10:14 AM by Communications Department

Plenty of learning opportunities for everyone!

ABCD Champions Training
Newport News Department of Human ServicesABCD_SC Youth Services Unit is providing Asset Based Community Development Champions training on Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Drive in Newport News. Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a powerful and inclusive citizen-driven approach to community development. It has often been said that as people take ownership of their neighborhoods, positive change can happen. This free half-day empowerment opportunity is open to youth and adult residents, faith leaders, community leaders and city employees and is part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Community Based Violence Prevention grant project. For more information, contact Traci Des Lauriers at or Shelley Matthews at Register online.

Autism Awareness at Rebounderz Abuse_sc
The Youth Services Unit, in partnership with Rebounderz Extreme Fun Center, is also sponsoring a sensory-friendly evening of education about the awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The event takes place on Monday, April 24 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Rebounderz, located at 12650 Patrick Henry Drive in Newport News. Take part in mini workshops, a resource fair, sensory activities, and more. For more information please contact Rachael Asher at or Traci Des Lauriers at Families are encouraged to participate but space is limited so please register.

Paint Night – Alcohol Awareness
A free, innovative Alcohol Awareness Paint NightAlcohol_sc for parents and other adults is taking place on Thursday, April 27 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Drive in Newport News. Enjoy an evening of painting and lively discussion on the potential impacts of social providing of alcohol to minors. This program is made possible through a grant funded by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Education and Prevention. All the supplies are included. This event is for parents and adults only. Space is limited, so register online to reserve a spot.