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April 30, 2018

Substance Use Town Hall

Do you know what a juul is? Is marijuana bad?  Do you know the signs of substance use or addiction?  Do you know who to call if you suspect a substance use problem?

These questions and more will be addressed at Arlington County’s second Town Hall on substance use, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, from 7:00-9:00pm.

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Kimberly Suiters, local investigative reporter for ABC7, and including officials from Arlington County Public Schools, Arlington County law enforcement, and Arlington County Human Services.  Their remarks will focus on:

  • Recognizing the signs of substance abuse;
  • What Arlington County is doing to address substance use throughout the community; and
  • Where and how to get help for someone with a substance use issue.

Preceding and following the town hall will be a resource fair featuring many of the County and area organizations that provide services to the community at large as it relates to substance abuse, mental health, and law enforcement.  

For more information, click https://health.arlingtonva.us/opioid-awareness/ , or contact Suzanne Somerville at (703) 228-7340.

We are One Arlington.  Together we can make a difference for our community.

2018 Connect with Kids Champions Announced!

Connect with Kids

It gives me great pleasure to announce the winners of the 2018 Connect With Kids and Do For Kids Champion awards.

We invite you celebrate with us on Thursday, May 10, from 7-8:30pm in the Auditorium of Stambaugh Hall (DHS, Sequoia 1, 2100 Washington Boulevard).

A little background: in 2004, the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF) created the Connect With Kids Champion (CWK) award as a way to recognize people in the community who go out of their way to connect with kids and develop positive, supportive relationships with them; and to inspire others to connect with kids.

This year, APCYF created the Do For Kids Champion (DFK) award, recognizing that often people do important work ‘behind the scenes’ to support young people. It was a way to recognize their commitment to supporting young people and the positive impact they’ve made on their lives.

The 2018 Champions join 110 individuals and teams who have been named Connect With Kids Champions since 2004.

The 2018 Do For Kids Champions are:

-          Susan Parker, Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool

-          Potomac Valley Track Club

-          Teen Clinic, Arlington DHS

The 2018 Connect With Kids Champions are:

-          Jureen Benjamin, Kenmore Middle School

-          Lisa Cosgrove-Davies, Arlington Libraries

-          Susan Keady, Encore Stage & Studio

-          Elsa Vasquez-Flores, Aspire Afterschool

The award presentation will be held on Thursday, May 10 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the lower level Auditorium of Stambaugh Hall, the main DHS building (2100 Washington Blvd).

The program will begin at 7:30pm.

Please RSVP with Michael Swisher at mswish@arlingtonva.us.

Mental Health Awareness Event

Are you concerned about your child? Come learn how parents can help.

Dr. DeLonga will share information on the prevalence of major depressive disorder; how to identify and understand depression in youth; the elements of recovery; and strategies for treatment.

Door open for a Mini-Resource Fair at 6:30.  Dr. DeLonga's presentation will begin at 7:00pm.


Spanish language interpretation will be available.

Location: Sequoia Plaza Auditorium (Lower Level) 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204

blueYour Voice Matters Survey

Your Voice Matters Survey

This new survey is a collaboration between APS and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF) to provide the Arlington community with a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being. Key topics include bullying, communication, safety, quality of instruction, collaboration, and cultural responsiveness. This feedback is vital in helping Arlington strengthen programs for students and families.

This collaborative effort has been undertaken to streamline previous survey efforts: the site-based survey, community satisfaction survey and Developmental Assets survey. APS and APCYF found that there were many thematic overlaps between the previous surveys and decided to develop a new survey that will reduce burden on survey takers, maximize impact of results, and keep on top of issues that matter to the Arlington community in a more timely manner.


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Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • May 1 6:30pm Teen Network Board, Central Library
  • May 4 9:00am Second Chance, Sequoia Room D
  • May 8 4:00pm READY Coalition, Sequoia Room D
  • May 8 6:00pm Planning & Development, Sequoia Room D
  • May 10 7:00pm Connect With Kids Celebration, Sequoia Auditorium
  • May 14 11:00am Out-of-School Time Council, Lubber Run
  • May 15 6:30pm Teen Network Board, Central Library
  • May 16 6:30pm APS Mental Health Awareness Event, Sequoia Auditorium
  • May 23 6:00pm APCYF Meeting
  • May 30 6:00pm Mental Wellness Roundtable
  • June 4 5:30pm Early Childhood Committee Meeting
  • June 5 Teen Network Board End-of-Year Celebration! More info to follow.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Kim Durand.

Contact Information

Chair: Anne O'Brien
Vice Chair: Sheila Fleischhacker

General Information: Kim Durand, Coordinator 703-228-1667
Teen Network Board: Siobhan Grayson, Youth Outreach 703-228-1506
Data Questions: Rebecca Hjelm, Data Specialist 703-228-1683
Website Updates and Information: Sally LaBonte, Website 703-228-1669
Developmental Assets: Michael Swisher, Assets Liaison 703-228-1671
Healthy Community Action Team: Mary Wulf, Coordinator 703-228-1668
Project Family: Cheryl Fuentes, Coordinator 703-228-1549

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