Board Minutes: May 15, 2019: 11:30 – 12:40PM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

May 15, 2019, 11:30 – 12:40PM

Present: Board members Kay Gunter, Tiffany Ames, Louise Brown, Tim Krueger, Ray VanTongeren and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator. Guest was Amanda Davis, Cowlitz County Health Department.

Excused: Olivia Aumiller, Pastor Megan Filer, Michael O’Neill

Unexcused: none

Quorum: Yes

Welcome and Introductions: Kay welcomed the Board members and guest. Introductions were made around the room.

Additions to the Agenda: None

April 17, 2019 Minutes: The Board meeting minutes were sent to Board members for their review prior to the Board meeting. The ten actions listed in the meeting minutes were reviewed and discussed. All actions were completed.

Motion to approve the April 17, 2019 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Ray; second: Tiffany. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Grant Status Report / Budget Update:

Current Grants Status:

-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This funding for Financial Literacy Training will be available for one year through June 30, 2019 and can be used for training at-risk youth and families who live in poverty or have very low incomes, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or are financially vulnerable. Numerous trainings have been completed and other training opportunities are being pursued. Amount expended through April 30, 2019, $8,720; amount reimbursed, $8,088.

-Behavioral Health Grant Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care ($27,000). This funding was approved on August 29, 2017 and is available through June 30, 2019. The goal of this funding is to help children with behavioral challenges in child care by providing training for child care providers, linking the children’s families to resources that can help their children and the family, and offering technical assistance for child care providers who serve children with behavioral challenges. Amount expended through April 30, 2019 is $24,694; amount reimbursed is $23,431. The Network also received funding from the Community Foundation of SW Washington and Weyerhaeuser Community Giving Fund to expand on the training opportunities to help children with behavioral challenges and provide resources for child care providers and families.

-Draw the Line ($750). This funding will be used to host one Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking event within the 2019 calendar year.

ACTION: Reach out to Youth and Family Link and others to see if they are interested in partnering on a Draw the Line event. (Sharon) 

Approval of Expenditures:

The Itemized Voucher amounting to $3,000.00 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:

Invoice #2019 6T        Cowlitz County Treasurer, April payroll/processing                  $3,000.00

Payroll for the period April 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 was $2,507.56, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $53.29. As of April 30 2019, the balance in the checking account used for payroll and payroll processing was $986. All other Network funds are held with the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office.

Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Tiffany: second Louise. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

2018 Financial Report. The Network’s 2018 Financial Report was submitted to the State Auditor’s Office on May 10. The Financial Report was presented along with a Revenue and Expense Trend Analysis for the last 5 years. There was good discussion on the financial status of the Network as compared to prior years.

Funding Opportunities.

-The Network submitted applications to Cowlitz County Health and Human Services to continue the Financial Literacy Training for one additional year and the Behavioral Health funding for two additional years. The applications were submitted on May 1. According to the stated timeline, the request will be reviewed and a notification letter will be sent in May.

-The Network was invited to join the Thrive regional workforce partnership to pursue $1.5 million in training resources through the Economic Security Department’s Economic Security for All grant program to support implementation of a model program for poverty reduction in the South Kelso and Highlands neighborhoods. The program will expand and streamline the local partnerships between community members, employers, economic development, workforce development, community college, training programs and community-based organizations to improve economic mobility in Cowlitz County’s most impoverished communities. The grant seems to be a nice fit with the Network’s Financial Literacy training and Behavioral Health training to address trauma, behavioral health and other barriers. After discussion and questions, the Board agreed that this is a relevant opportunity for the Network and should be pursued.

Motion to approve partnering with the Thrive team to work toward reducing poverty in the South Kelso and Highlands neighborhood as presented: Ray; second: Louise. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Kay Gunter, Vice Chair, signed the letter of support to be submitted with the gran application.

ACTION: Transmit the signed letter of support to partner with the Thrive team to work toward reducing poverty in the South Kelso and Highlands neighborhoods. (Sharon)

Financial Literacy Training:

Grant Details. The Financial Literacy Grant funding provides training for at-risk youth and families who have very low incomes, are homeless or at-risk of being homeless, or are financially vulnerable. The training topics can include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving for Cars/College/Housing and more depending on the audience. The plan is to conduct five training series and five other financial literacy trainings and reach 200 at-risk youth and families.

-To support Lower Columbia CAP, the Network participated in a Financial Literacy reading program on April 22 at St. Helens Elementary School. The goal is to get children thinking about money management.

-The Network presented Financial Literacy training to 24 STEPS program students and staff on May 2. There was good interest and great questions and comments about spending money, reducing expenses and saving.

-The Network has been invited to participate in a Poverty Simulation on June 13. The simulation is a wonderful learning experience for those working with or teaching people with low incomes and gives a perspective that can improve relationships with those we serve. The Network has expressed interest in volunteering for the simulation. More details will follow.

ACTION. Share details of the Poverty Simulation with Board Members. (Sharon)

ACTION: Continue to seek opportunities for Financial Literacy Training. (Sharon)

Behavioral Health Grant:

The Behavioral Health Grant funding provides technical assistance and training for child care providers who serve children with behavioral needs, and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges. The plan is to reach 2,000 children and 200 child care providers in child care centers and home care in Cowlitz County and to improve the ability of the child care providers and family members to meet the special needs of these children.

-The Network in partnership with Head Start formed a Conscious Discipline book club in response to childcare provider requests to continue the conversation on Conscious Discipline. The book chosen for the book club is Conscious Discipline Building Resilient Classrooms by Dr. Becky Bailey, a world renown early childhood educator and developmental psychologist. The book club meets every month. Eight meetings have been held to date; the ninth and final meeting is scheduled for May 21. Certificates of Completion are ready for distribution; STARS and Professional Clock Hours have been awarded to those who participate. A feedback survey has been prepared to determine what went well, what could be improved, and whether there is interest in reading another book beginning in the fall.

-Conscious Discipline training was presented to Wee Care Day Care directors on May 2. The training was well received.

-Conscious Discipline training was presented to the YMCA day care/after school staff on May 10. There was good conversation and interest.

ACTION: Continue to seek opportunities for Conscious Discipline Training. (Sharon)

Family Event:

-This event for families, “Conscious Discipline Training for Families, Strategies for Working Successfully with Children” was held on Saturday, May 4, 12 to 3pm at Youth and Family Link. The training provided information, strategies and techniques that will help prepare children for success in school and later in life. Thirty people were present for the training.

-After opening remarks, there was a presentation about Conscious Discipline, the relationship between the brain and behavior, and techniques for building safety, connection and problem solving. Next, there were three presentations by Book Club members who selected topics that resonated with them and they thought families should know about. The topics were Noticing, Empathy and Choices. This was followed by café style conversations that addressed three questions related to the resources available to them, child care support and their role as a parent.

-Feedback on the event was excellent, with the feedback survey results showing mostly all of the attendees responded that they were very satisfied with the event, learned a lot and would like more training in the future. All said they learned something new that they plan to use at home with their children.

ACTION: Present the Family Event results at the Community Charter meeting. (Network)

Community Charter Meeting: The Community Charter meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 1:30 – 3pm in the County Administration Building, 3rd floor meeting room. The tentative meeting agenda:

Introductions

          Reaffirm Purpose of Community Charter

          Review Identified Needs of the Community (some from Family Event)

          Workshop with Questions

                   How do you see the issues/needs relating to at-risk youth & families?

                   What can the Community Charter group do to address these issues?

                   Report out and Prioritization

          Celebrate Charter Successes and Commit to Continuing Work

ACTION: Send meeting notice to invite Community Charter members. (Sharon)

ACTION: Prepare handouts/materials for Community Charter meeting. (Sharon)

Review/Feedback on Events:

-Run the Path, May 4, 8:30-11am, Lake Sacajawea. During the event, a dozen new families signed up to receive Behavioral Health best practices and received Behavioral Health and Financial Literacy information.

Upcoming Events:

-Conscious Discipline Book Club, May 21, 6:30pm, Head Start

-Poverty Simulation, June 13, 8am-1pm, Family Health Center

-Early Learning Conference “Deep Dive Into Early Learning,” Oct 5, 8–4pm, LCC

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Reach out to Youth and Family Link and others to see if they are interested in partnering on a Draw the Line event. (Sharon) 

ACTION: Transmit the signed letter of support to partner with the Thrive team to work toward reducing poverty in the South Kelso and Highlands neighborhoods. (Sharon)

ACTION. Share details of the Poverty Simulation with Board Members. (Sharon)

ACTION: Continue to seek opportunities for Financial Literacy Training. (Sharon)

ACTION: Continue to seek opportunities for Conscious Discipline Training. (Sharon)

ACTION: Present the Family Event results at the Community Charter meeting. (Network)

ACTION: Send meeting notice to invite Community Charter members. (Sharon)

ACTION: Prepare handouts/materials for Community Charter meeting. (Sharon)

Next Meeting: June 19, 2019

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