News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland….Learn of upcoming programs and more about the organization by clicking here:

O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center:
      >>  Go here to learn of services/support available for survivors of rape/sexual abuse support during COVID.
      >>  Go here for information regarding their robust outreach & education programs

O  From Parma Council of PTA’s…..
      >>  Scholarship applications for the 2020 – 2021 school year are now being accepted.
Go here for details and an application form:
      >>  To learn about the organization, go here: . To follow them on FB, click here:

O  Best of Parma 2021….Voting has begunfor the 4th Annual Best of Parma competition w/winners being  announced on March 5th.

O  From t
he Parma Heights Police Department….They will be hosting a Citizen's Police Academy beginning in March 2021. It’s a 10 week course meeting every Wednesday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The program, following all state-ordered COVID-19 guidelines, is done in conjunction with Cuyahoga County Community College utilizing their new state of the art  Public Safety Training Village.  If you’re interested or know of anyone in your network that you think would enjoy the program please complete the application found here: 

O  From the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council….They’re seeking public comment in regards to the Council’s draft of the 2022 – 2026 Five-Year State Plan. Go here to learn more & to complete those surveys that may be of interest to you. Deadline is February 28th!

O  From TIES ( …. High School Students: Have A Big Idea? Here's A Big Opportunity. Join the Founders Lab Spring 2021 Hackathon,  Feb. 18 to Feb. 20. Learn to build an APP and gain inspiration from Clevelander David Boone, who will talk about how he turned coding and computer science into his career and now his own start-up business. It's free to join – compete for prizes & scholarships, make connections & get inspired. Register here:

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >>  Visit the District’s web site & scroll down to find information/links re: current programs, services & up-coming events, i.e.: Covid Dashboard, 2020 in Review, schedule of 2021 Town Hall mtgs (Feb. 9th & 23rd)), proposed calendar for 2021, Board actions and so on. It’s all there & easy to find.
      >>  Go here to view/register for upcoming courses available on the PCSD Parent University Training Course schedule.

O  From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/Univ. Settlement:

      >>  They need employers willing to employ younger students, to  participate in Y.O.U.’s Summer Employment program & help create check lists to expedite youth employment, i.e.: bank accounts, work permits, resumes, interviews, etc.? If you can help, please contact the Parma Area MyCom Coordinator, Qadriyyah Sultan at 216.749.9354 or email at
      >>  For high school seniors struggling to get that college entrance or scholarship essay done, or juniors who want to get a jump on it for next year, consider participating in one of the Face the College Essay Workshops where they can learn to craft a compelling essay in a supportive environment. The virtual ZOOM sessions will be 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10 & the 17th. Pre-registration is required at Courses are $10/session & scholarships are available.

      >>  Find out what’s new with MyCom at, sign up for their e-newsletter, join in their Wisdom for Wednesday weekly Zoom get-togethers and/or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization. 
      >>  Don’t hesitate calling SWCBS at 440.887.4873 w/questions re: among other things, COVID-19 related housing and utility assistance. Check (Follow) their FB page for updates.
O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library….CCPL branches continue to be closed to walk-in traffic through January 31st, but they are open for drive-up window/curbside service and call-ahead document services, seven days a week during normal library hours.
      >>  Beginning Tuesday, January 19, branches will begin offering limited, one-hour laptop reservations for anyone who needs internet access for essential activities like job searches, applying for unemployment benefits and schoolwork. This service will be provided by appointment only. CCPL has also recently extended the reach of their WiFi service out to their parking lots to make it easier for our customers to access the internet.  Learn more here:
      >> From the Parma Branch library, 6996 Powers Blvd, 440-885-5362…..
      >>  Computer Classes….15 virtual computer classes have been scheduled for the month of February. Go here for details: .     
      >>  If you are a home educator or teacher consider signing up for “HOMEROOM” CCPL’s new monthly newsletter for K-12 teachers and home school educators. Each issue shares the latest upcoming events, services, research databases, learning opportunities and other resources specifically for teachers and their students. Sign up here: .
      >>  Mobile Printing and Pick Up….Students can send their schoolwork by email to be printed.  Pick up at the drive-up window or curbside. Copying, faxing and scanning are also available.  Call 440-885-5362 for assistance.
      >>  Learn how to hold a conversation in more than 70 languages. Go here;  to try out MANGO.
      >>  Video resources for parents/caregivers trying to plan a virtual schooling experience for their very young children, especially those with first time Kindergarteners. Give these Kindergarten Club videos a try at:
      >>  Need help with remote learning issues? Go here for remote learning tech support for parents, students as well as educators:
      >>  Go here to learn more about the Job & Career Services program offered by CCPl. Learn job search strategies for the “Virtual Age”.
      >>  To receive current, detailed information about these services plus upcoming events & more, consider registering for their e-newsletter at   

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:53 AM, 02.01.2021