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Hand In Hand Literacy Partnership News A Collaborative Effort of the Regina Literacy Network and Balcarres Communities Literacy Network

Volume 1, Issue 4, March 2011

In the Spotlight… Oral Storytelling World Read Aloud Day Participate by spreading the word, reading with loved ones, or organizing a community event! Update your Facebook status on March 9 with an answer to the question: What would

you miss most if you could not read or write?

and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world. Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. Quality literacy education is the difference between life and death, prosperity and despair. This is literacy for survival.

Celebrate the Power of Words and Stories and Take Action for Global Literacy! Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their name. Imagine your world It’s time to join the global literacy without words. movement. World Read Aloud Day is about taking Visit for more info. action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Continued on Page 9 Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate Hub Learning Opportunities... 2 the power of words, especially Partnership Opportunities ... those words that are shared from Provincial Family Literacy and School Community one person to another, and creates 3 a community of readers advocating Upcoming Events! 4 for every child’s right to a safe Adult Learner Week 2011 ... 5 education and access to books

In this issue…

Literacy Hub Programming Available To The Public


The Hopeful Message of the 40 Developmental Assets


Regional Adult Learner Support Group


Hub Learning Opportunities ... Introduction to Family Literacy Certificate Training Friday, March 18th, 2011―Wolseley, SK 9 AM ― 4 PM Free to Attend

Training costs covered by Regina Literacy Network and Balcarres Communities Literacy Network Hosted by Balcarres Communities Literacy Network, Muskowekwan School and Community Family Resource Centre Inc.

Assets Alive! Facilitator Training Saturday, March 26th, Yorkton, Saskatchewan 10 AM ― 5 PM $100/Person

Incorporating The Assets Into Adult Learning Friday, April 8th, Regina Literacy Network, 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, Saskatchewan 10 AM ― 5 PM $50/Person

From Diapers To Duct Tape―Fun Ways to Involve Dads in Your Programs Thursday, April 7th, Regina Literacy Network, 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, Saskatchewan 7 PM ― 9 PM $50/Person

Partnership Opportunities ... The BCLN and RLN have a variety of programming opportunities available for partnership delivery in your community! In most circumstances, partner agencies would need to provide the facility and a snack, We will provide the program materials and facilitator. For information on what programs are available, please download a copy of our Partnership Opportunities booklet at

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For information on partnership opportunities or to register for the program listed above contact us: RLN Executive Director Home Office: 306-569-1368 Fax: 306-569-1360 Cellular: 306-551-7532 Blackberry PIN: 30E38BE3 BCLN Executive Director Home Office: 306-334-3630 Fax: 306-569-1360 Cellular: 306-531-7150 Blackberry PIN: 30E38C1F

Provincial Family Literacy and School Community Council Conference ...

May 12th & 13th, 2011 9 AM—4 PM 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK $175/Person $150/Person Early Bird Price Early Bird Deadline—April 1, 2011 Registration forms at Don’t Miss Out! Topics Include: • • • • • •

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Conference Co-Hosted By:

Why Join the School Community Council? Do We Really Understand the Early Years In Saskatchewan? A New ABC? Asset Building Communities! Using the 40 Developmental Assets® to Promote and Protect our children Engaging Every Parent! What are their Sparks? From Diapers to Duct Tape—Fun Ways to Involve Dads in Your Programs Who’s Job Is It? The roles of the School, the Community Council, Parents and School Boards—who does what regarding children’s education? Get the message out! Promoting your programs to parents and community. Helping parents at home and in their community.

Brand New World Café May 12th, 2011 — 7 to 9 PM 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK Refreshments will be served. On May 12th, 2011 parents, staff and community members from all over Saskatchewan will gather to ask the Right questions questions… Will you join us us? Phone 551-7532 or email us at to let us know if you will be able to attend to help us plan for café needs! More Information at

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” - Edgar Cayce

Be a part of the collective wisdom that will shape the future for the voice of parents in Saskatchewan’s education system. We will have a meaningful, community conversation about children's education in Saskatchewan and the role of parents and community community.. Let your voice be heard heard..

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Upcoming Events!

Focus On Families Pre-Conference Resource Swap and Networking Session

Thursday, May 12th, 2011 7:30 AM―9:00 AM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

$5/Person to Attend Light Breakfast Included

Share training materials, books and literacy resources at little or no cost to attendees! Bring your new or gently used resources and trade them with other practitioners, teachers and parents over a light breakfast with great conversation!

Friday, May 13th, 2011 7:30 AM―9:00 AM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

$5/Person to Attend Light Breakfast Included Purchase Raffle Tickets to Win Family Literacy Baskets including baskets from Saskatchewan Authors! Enter to Win Door Prizes! Bring your new or gently used children’s storybooks and participate in the bring a book/ take a book swap! Receive free handouts and resources prepared by the Hand In Hand partnership with 10 great ideas for Rise and Read events to hold in your school or organization!

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Adult Learner Week 2011 ... In honour of Adult Learner Week 2011 the Hand In Hand Literacy Partnership will be hosting a number of events and trainings in Regina. Please join us in celebrating our adult learners and their accomplishments at any or all of these events!

Literacy For All Ages Conference Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 9:00 AM―4:00 PM

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Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

Celebrating Intergenerational Life-Long Learning, with a full day of hands on programming! From early literacy to adult literacy, the regional literacy hub has it all! Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to participate in six sample programs! Twelve different program models will be offered throughout the day, with four sessions running at a time, covering health literacy, workplace literacy and essential skills, justice literacy, adult literacy, early literacy and family literacy. As well, visit displays any of the 20 program model displays or obtain some excellent program resources at little or no cost! I Have A Story...Adult Learner Conference Saturday, April 9th, 2011 9:00 AM―4:00 PM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK Free to Attend Adult learners will spend the day working with Saskatchewan’s Own Carey RigbyWilcox, an award winning adult learner, artist and published author and illustrator to discover and document the story they have within. Learners will prepare speaking notes and some will share their stories at the Story Within Dinner and Silent Auction that evening!

The Story Within Dinner and Silent Auction Saturday, April 9th, 2011 6:00 PM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

Tickets are $25 each and available from the learners in our support group or by emailing or calling 551-7532 or 789-0468

Visit for more information! In celebration of Adult Learner Week we will gather together to share a meal and hear the stories of adult learners from our Region. We will hear about the struggles, achievements, hopes and dreams of learners from our Regional Adult Learner Support Group. The group will be working together to gather items for the silent auction as well! All proceeds raised from the Silent Auction and Dinner will go towards sustaining the Regional Adult Learner Support Group.

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Literacy Hub Programming Available To The Public

A Book Club … for adults on the go!

Join one (or more!) of our book clubs! Balcarres Public Library Tuesdays at 1:30pm

Regina Literacy Network Tuesdays at 1:00pm

March 29th April 12th April 26th May 10th May 24th

March 22nd March 29th April 5th April 12th April 19th

To register, contact Susie at 334-2966.

To register, contact Hilary at 551-7532.

Fort Qu’Appelle Library Tuesdays at 1:30pm

Regina Literacy Network Tuesdays at 1:00pm

March 22nd April 5th April 19th May 3rd May 17th

May May May May May

To register, contact Barb at 332-6411.

To register, contact Hilary at 551-7532.

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Brought to you by: Balcarres Library & Fort Qu’Appelle Library

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Literacy Hub Programming Available To The Public

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Socialize Discuss your needs Think about your future Improve your skills Discover New opportunities Find your gifts Share ideas Create your story Fort Qu’Appelle Library Tuesdays 9:30―11:00 AM AND Wednesdays 1:00―2:30 PM March 15th and 16th March 22nd and 23rd March 29th and 30th Just Drop In to any or all of these sessions!

Regina Literacy Network Tuesdays 9:30―11:00 AM March 29th April 5th April 12th

April 19th May 3rd May 10th

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am Fort Qu’Appelle Library April 5th April 12th April 19th April 26th May 3rd May 10th Just drop in!

Wednesdays, 9:30-11am Regina Literacy Network April 6th April 13th April 20th May 4th May 11th May 18th Just drop in!

Just Drop In to any or all of these sessions!

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Literacy Hub Programming Available To The Public Assets Alive! Youth Alliance of Regina For youth ages 11―17! We invite you to join us as we take an empowering journey! ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

Meet New Friends! Discuss what is important to you! Explore education and career options! Participate in activities that serve your community! Reflect on issues that affect youth today and create a design for your future!

Every Second Monday Night, 6:30―8:00 PM Regina Literacy Network, 1909 Ottawa Street March 21st April 4th April 18th May 2nd May 16th May 30th Just Drop In to any or all of these sessions!

The Assets Alive! Youth Alliance will be centred around the 8 Asset Categories, of the Developmental Assets® created by the Search Institute®, that youth need to succeed. Support, Empowerment, Boundaries and Expectations, Constructive Use of Time, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies and Positive Identity. A Digital Storytelling Project in Partnership With the Regina Senior Citizens Centre Telling “our story” is the most effective way of sharing our culture and traditions with future generations. We would like 12 seniors to be introduced to the world of digital storytelling in the computer lab at the Regina Senior Citizens Centre (2134-Winnipeg Street). The participants will explore a variety of ways to document their family tales, customs and traditions using print, photos, journaling, and oral formats. In the end, participants will publish a personalized digital work that they feel best represents “their story”, at no cost to them and it will be theirs to keep as a gift or pass it down to another generation to keep the tales from their tree alive and well! Friday Mornings from 10 AM―12 PM, March 18th―April 29th, 2011 Pre-registration is required.

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Oral Storytelling (Continued) World Storytelling Day is celebrated internationally in honour of the tradition and art of oral storytelling! In Canada, we will celebrate World Storytelling Day 2011 on March 20th (Spring Equinox). The theme for World Storytelling Day this year is “Water�. There are a number of special events planned in Regina and surrounding communities. Please visit the following website for more information on local events:



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The Hopeful Message of the 40 Developmental Assets Everyone has the power to help Understanding Developmental Assets young people succeed The secret to helping children and youth grow into happy, healthy, and responsible adults isn’t really a secret at all. Simply make a point to connect with young people: Get to know them, talk to them, understand them, help them, and build relationships with them. As a caring, trusted adult, you’ll be better able to provide the building blocks young people need to succeed and reach their goals. Adult role models, guides, and friends are very important to young people. With your help, young people can begin to understand themselves and the world around them. We all know growing up isn’t always easy. That’s why young people need adults like you in their lives.

Here are the facts Research from Search Institute identifies 40 Developmental Assets that have a powerful, positive impact on young people. Children and teenagers who have high levels of these assets get involved in fewer risky behaviors and are much more likely to exhibit the positive values, such as leadership, good health, diversity, and success in school. The bad news is most young people don’t have enough assets. About 59 percent of young people, ages 11–18, have 20 or fewer Developmental Assets, according to Search Institute surveys. The good news is we can change this because we all have the power to build assets in young people’s lives.

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The eight asset categories Search Institute has found crucial in helping young people grow up healthy include: • Support: Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them. • Empowerment: Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected. • Boundaries and Expectations: Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best. • Constructive Use of Time: Young people need opportunities―outside of school― to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults.

Each of these categories involves several specific assets that help young people grow up healthy. Tips for building assets In your home and family: Post a list of the 40 Developmental Assets on your refrigerator door. Each day, do at least one thing to build assets for each family member. In your neighborhood and community: Learn the names of the young people who live around you. Find out what interests them, and ask them about those interests. In your school or youth program: Plan asset-building activities as part of the curriculum or program. For example, engage young people in service-learning projects, social skills training, or reading for pleasure.

Want to know more about the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas • Commitment to Learning: for helping young people build Young people need a sense of the them? Visit www.searchlasting importance of learning and a belief in their own abilities. ------------------------• Positive Values: Young people need to develop strong guiding values to help them make healthy life choices. • Social Competencies: Young people need the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations. • Positive Identity: Young people need to believe in their own selfworth and to feel they have control over the things that happen to them.

Developmental Assets® are positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people. From Instant Assets: 52 Short and Simple E-Mails for Sharing the Asset Message. Copyright © 2007 by Search Institute®, 877-240-7251; This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.

May 5 & 6, 2011 Regina Inn – Regina, Saskatchewan Detailed conference and accommodation information is available online by visiting Hosted By: Lions Quest Canada, The Canadian Centre for Positive Youth Development with the Alliance of Asset Champions, HCHY Regina & Area and the Saskatchewan Alliance of Asset Champions

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Saskatchewan Youth Summit How Asset-Based Policing is Making a Difference Lions Quest Combination Skills for Growing-Skills for Adolescence Workshop

Conference Schedule Wednesday May 4th – Pre-Conference Sessions from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Thursday May 5th – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm with evening sessions scheduled Friday May 6th – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Empowering Youth as Change Agents Creating a Holistic Approach to AB School-Wide Taking IT Global Youth Speak Saskatchewan Youth “Take the Lead!” The Journey of Community Change “A Journey of Discovery Through the Eyes of Youth” Interactive Media and Performance Labs Student Voice in Action Positive Police Youth Engagement Social Media for Social Good Asset Building Community Initiatives Parental Engagement in Schools Recognizing and Exploring Positive Mental Health BAM (Building Assets and Memories) Engaging Youth for Healthier Communities

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CHOICES Youth Program, Giving Kids CHOICES Saskatchewan Aggregate Developmental Asset Data Our Kids Network – Community Collaboration at its Best Implementing Positive Youth Development Training and Planning for its Subsequent Evaluation Could You Be Building Assets Without Even Knowing It? Hobbema Community Cadet Corps Incorporating the 40 Developmental Assets in Schools Extra Curricular Activities Lions Quest Programs – A School-Based Asset Building Curriculum Resource The Resilience Survey: A New Tool for Positive Youth Development Reframing Leadership: Building Capacity in Unlikely Leaders

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Need Help? Who?

Adult Learners and Parents in Regina and surrounding area. What? An opportunity to meet other adult learners to visit, learn and share your experiences! We have planned a variety of “field trips”, presentations and group activities over the next few months as well! Where? Regina Literacy Network

Located In Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Hall 1909 Ottawa Street Regina, SK When? Every Saturday 1―3 pm (Except April 2nd and 9th due to Conferences) For more information call Trudy at 789-0468 or e-mail her at

March Regional Adult Learner Support Group Schedule •

March 12th, 2011―What’s My Learning Style?

March 19th, 2011― Budgeting and Banking Skills and Vocabulary

March 26th, 2011― Household Finances Workshop

Hand in Hand News Volume 1 Issue 4  

Monthly practitioner newsletter of the Hand in Hand Literacy Parntership (RLN and BCLN).