Volunteer literacy effort takes kids beyond words | Hope has a scientific basis, says social work professor | Calif. struggles against nation's worst youth homelessness
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February 14, 2019
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Volunteer literacy effort takes kids beyond words
Volunteer literacy effort takes kids beyond words
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Rotary Club members teach community service as well as literacy as they read to students in a Marion, Ill., program initiated by school social worker Lesa Patton. Service projects the students have undertaken include collecting supplies for a local animal shelter and donating vegetables they have grown, says assistant principal Ashleigh Benson.
The Daily Republican (Marion, Ill.) (2/13) 
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Hope has a scientific basis, says social work professor
Students who have hope are likely to do better academically if educators help them develop goals, realistic paths to attain them and the willpower to work toward them, Chan Hellman, a University of Oklahoma social work professor. "Hope is a better predictor of first-year college performance than the SAT, ACT or high school GPA," says Hellman.
The Enid News & Eagle (Okla.) (2/13) 
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Calif. struggles against nation's worst youth homelessness
Local communities and state authorities are investing millions of new dollars and trying innovative strategies to reduce California's population of homeless youth, which is the highest in the US. One-third of the more than 36,000 under-25 Americans found to be homeless on their own in a 2018 snapshot were in California, and the count is considered far lower than reality.
The Chronicle of Social Change (2/11) 
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Poor communities lack proper mental health care services
Insufficient mental health care services, particularly in low-income communities, has led to high instances of school disciplinary problems, anxiety and depression among boys of color, according to Michael Lindsey, an expert on race and teen mental health. Lindsey led a panel discussion about black youth and mental health at Morehouse College.
NBC News (2/11) 
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Government & Policy
Global adoption panel proposed by US lawmakers
A bipartisan Senate bill would create an advisory committee within the State Department to expedite international adoptions. Sponsors say the measure would provide more homes for children in need by engaging adoptees, adoptive families, social workers and all other stakeholders in policy development.
The Ripon Advance (2/13) 
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Career Insights
Research: Pursue time, not money, for a happier life
It isn't the easiest career advice to follow, but research tells us forgoing the higher salary and bigger job title for the sake of having more personal time produces happier lives, writes Jessica Stillman. Harvard professor Ashley Whillans recommends turning commute time to reading time by taking an Uber or bus to work more often.
Inc. online (2/12) 
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10 reasons to avoid overloading your overtime
Studies reveal different reasons for restricting your overtime hours, including an increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders that are caused by spending less than 10 hours away from your desk. Other concerns include short-term memory problems, an increase in mistakes caused by sleep deprivation and relationship problems at home.
MSN (2/12) 
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NASW Updates
Upcoming SPS webinar -- Food and Eating Unwrapped: Knowledge To Help When a Client Struggles
Attend this live-streamed webinar Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. EDT to show social workers how to help their clients with eating disorders and address societal norms and stigmas around health and eating within the medical world.
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NASW-Supported Law Enhances Dementia Prevention and Services
The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act, which had been supported by NASW during the 115th Congress, passed Congress and was signed into law (P.L. 115-406) in late December. The law establishes Alzheimer's centers of excellence to enhance practice; funds tribes and public health departments to promote cognitive health, address cognitive impairment, and support family caregivers; and increases collection, analysis, and timely reporting of data on cognitive decline, family caregiving, and health disparities. Learn more about how this law will enhance prevention of dementia and services for people living with or affected by dementia by visiting this link.
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