CAN Newsletter – A Reminder to Take Care of Yourself
May 11, 2023

CAN Newsletter
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Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! According to, “It is normal for children and youth to experience various types of emotional distress as they develop and mature. For example, it is common for children to experience anxiety about school, or youth to experience short periods of depression that are transient in nature.” However, when symptoms persist, it may be time to seek professional assistance. 

Additionally, the presence or absence of various combinations of protective and risk factors contribute to the mental health of youth and efforts can be undertaken to promote positive mental health and prevent or minimize mental health problems. OST and EXL practitioners have the opportunity to strengthen those Protective Factors and support children, youth, families, and communities. Learn more

Lastly, check out what SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is doing, share their materials, and remember that we all play active roles in caring for our mental health! Access the Mental Health Awareness Month Toolkit:

For those joining our Wellness in Journaling Journey, below are a few journaling prompts you might consider in your next journal sesh:

  • What is your favorite form of self-care?
  • What can you do today to take better care of yourself?
  • How are you helping yourself when things are hard?
  • When do you feel most happy?
  • Which parts of your daily life cause the most stress or frustration? How do you cope with them?
  • Write a love letter to yourself.

In peace and love,

The CAN Team

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21st Century ASSETs & Elementary/Middle Intent to Award for Fiscal Year 2023-24

CA Dept. of Education logo In case you missed our E-Blast last week, we re re-sharing this important information from the CA Dept. of Education. 

The CA Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division recently announced the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st Century) After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) & Elementary/Middle Intent to Award for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year. See details below.

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Relationships All Year Round: Nurturing Showing Up
Wednesday, May 10, 2023; 12:00 - 1:30 PM PST

Join AttendanceWorks for the second webinar part of their Attendance Awareness Campaign! This webinar will focus on the importance of intentionally cultivating caring relationships with students and families, over time, as a crucial foundation for engagement. Speakers will explore barriers to showing up and how they are using data to determine what works given new realities.

Register today!

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Schedule a Free Coaching Session Today

Looking for personalized support? Get help with ELO-P implementation, workforce recruitment and retention, using program data, expanded learning advocacy, continuous quality improvement, and more. Schedule a free coaching session with an expert from Partnership for Children & Youth, the California AfterSchool Network, or Sperling Center for Research and Innovation.

Schedule a 15-minute coaching session today!


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Access the CAN newsletter archives to view past newsletters today! You may be interested in some of our other newsletters as well:

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