CURRENT PROJECTS

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Our Youth Development Resource Portal is being developed thanks to a grant from the Pallottine Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative.

 

Putnam County Training Project: Supporting At-Risk Youth through Coaching and Community Connections

Thanks to a grant by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Inspiring Dreams Network is partnering with several Putnam County youth serving organizations (4-H, Camp Allegheny, Girl Scouts, DHHR Child Care and Afterschool Programs, and Mission WV Facilities) to build the capacity of their volunteers, leaders, and staff to better support the needs of the youth they serve. IDN has provided several training opportunities including Understanding, Overcoming and Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Navigating the State’s Premier Web Portal.

TRAINING NEEDS SURVEY: What are your youth development training needs?

Let us know about your training needs by completing this training needs survey,  IDN specializes in youth development and have wide connections that can help us address your needs.

Youth Development Portal

Inspiring Dreams Network has been awarded a Healthy Communities Grant through the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington. Through this grant the IDN has begun developing a youth development resource portal to provide free resources to support West Virginia youth and their network in areas they commonly struggle and often do not know where to turn to get the support and information they need. The resource portal targets three broad stakeholder groups: youth, families and youth serving adults. The need for online resources has increased, as social isolation has increased with COVID-19.  We hear every day in the news the stories of youth who are struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, academic disengagement and a lack of vision for their own futures, as their worlds have been turned upside down.

 

ACES and COVID-19 & Kids Issue Brief Series

Inspiring Dreams Network is partnering with the ACEs Coalition of WV to develop and and release Five-PartCOVID-19 & Kids Issue Brief Series 

The first installment of a Five-Part ACEs and COVID-19 Issue Brief Series was released statewide in December  in partnership with WV KIDS COUNT.  This first installment, “ACEs and COVID-19 Overview: Caring for Kids During and After a Pandemic” introduces the connection between ACEs and COVID-19 on child well-being.

The series combines the expertise of Coalition members in their respective fields representing WV KIDS COUNT, Inspiring Dreams Network, Marshall University, WV Department of Education, Supreme Court of Appeals of WV, TEAM for WV’s Children, Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center, and more. The other 4 series will be released in conjunction with by-monthly ACES Coalition meetings, beginning in February.

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