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

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Summer 2011

In the Spotlight… Our Father Friendly Initiative Family literacy and parenting programs throughout the ages have tended to cater to mothers and female caregivers. Literacy programmers often struggle to recruit and retain father involvement. We have learned that this is clearly NOT because dads don’t want to be involved, it is because our programs and centres tend to be less focused on catering to the needs of fathers and what is attractive to them. We truly understand the importance of including fathers in parenting and family literacy programming—yet traditional program models available to us in Saskatchewan were not specifically designed with this important factor in mind. We decided to change that and as a result we have adapted some of the themed program models we were already running and developed two programs specifically with dad in mind!

symbolize a more welcoming environment for dads! Some of the programs that we offer and consider to be Father Friendly are: ∗ Traveling Trunk Reading Adventures ∗ I Am Your Child ∗ Assets Alive! ∗ And Tales From The Tree ∗ Active Living & Literacy Family Fun Nights

made available to the public for individuals in Regina and area throughout the summer and in the fall!

In March, a presentation was done on From Diapers to Duct Tape at the From Diapers to Duct Tape is our Provincial Home Visitors Gathering. family literacy and dad’s parenting Nearly 100 home visitors from support program. Dad’s shop talk is around the province participated. our family literacy and workplace And earlier this month, curriculum essential skills program. Both developers and Executive Directors programs were uniquely designed of the Regina Literacy Network and with the recruitment, retention and Balcarres Communities Literacy recognition of fathers in mind. Network, Hilary Dahnke and April Dahnke—met with practitioners in Both the Regina Literacy Network Prince Albert and Saskatoon to and Balcarres Communities deliver a one day Facilitator Literacy Network have offered the Training for the From Diapers To Dad’s Shop Talk program this spring Duct Tape program. There are now in their respective communities. 20 new facilitators in those regions The Regina Literacy Network is also able to offer the program. Watch A Father Friendly logo was created currently running a From Diapers to for information regarding program for this initiative and any of our Duct Tape program with the All dates and times at a centre near programs that have been adapted Ways Dads Group of the Al Ritchie you! or streamlined with dads in mind Health Action Centre in Regina. are advertised with both logos to Other program options will be

In this issue… National Aboriginal Day—June 21, 2011

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Father's Groups In Regina

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Regional Adult Learner Support Group

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Focus on Families—Families In the School Conference

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Brand New World Café—and SASC AGM

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International Literacy Day 2011 & Events

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Developmental Assets

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Canada Day Traveling Trunk Reading Adventure Celebration

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National Aboriginal Day―June 21, 2011 Join us for a FREE Pancake Breakfast in celebration of

National Aboriginal Day When: Tuesday, June 21 Where: Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre Time: 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations In Regina Celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Regina’s Wascana Park...This celebration will showcase a spectacular line up of traditional dance, song, children’s activities, a pancake breakfast...and even professional wrestling! When: Tuesday, June 21 Time: Starts at 9:00 AM Where: Wascana Park 2405 Legislative Drive In front of Legislative Building Tel: 596-5131

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Father's Groups in Regina!

Our program offers‌ Drop in program, Group sessions, Special guest presenters, Individual follow up as needed, Healthy food, Childcare, and Transportation.

Focus on Fathers is a support and parenting program in Regina's North Central community and has been running since 2003. It's a program where every father has access and the opportunity to enhance his relationship with his family. Fathers learn and recognize their roles and responsibilities, which enable them to become pro-active in sharing information with other fathers. We are very privileged to have the opportunity to interact with fathers. There have been many success stories from our program along with many challenges. The program allows for fathers to come and go -succeed and fail. Whether it is their first time attending the program or their tenth time, they are always welcome.

WEDNESDAYS 5:30pm-8:00pm For more information, contact us at: Four Directions Community Health Centre 3510-5th Avenue, Regina, Sk 306-766-7540

ALL WAYS DADS GROUP Here at the Al Ritchie Heath Action Centre we have started a fathers group called All Ways Dads. It is a time that you can come and visit with other Dads, have a sit down meal with your children. Childcare is provided for the children after supper. Learn about yourself a little bit more as well as your children. If this sounds like something you and your children may be interested in please give us a call here at the centre 766-7660 Please call ahead if you are interested so we can plan for child care. Supper and coffee will be served.

Regina Early Learning Centre Men’s Support Group We have a pretty informal group with men coming from our three home visiting programs along with men who have children in the preschool. Transportation and childcare are provided as well as a nutritious snack. We meet for two hours every second Tuesday of the month. As a group, we address a number of different topics; relationships, abuse, feelings, anger, literacy and parenting to name a few. Teresa Seel Family Outreach Coordinator Regina Early Learning Centre 2115 Athol st., Regina SK., (306) 522-3668 ext 232 elc_famout@accesscomm.ca

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Regional Adult Learner Support Group

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 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? July 9th, 2011 ― 10 AM―4 PM Consumerism Workshop July 23rd, 2011― 1 PM―3 PM Employability Skills # 1―Resume Preparation/Prior Learning Assessment July 30th, 2011― 1 PM―3 PM Employability Skills # 2― The Cover Letter and Employment Vocabulary August 6th, 2011― 1 PM―3 PM Employability Skills # 3―Interview Preparation and Role Playing August 13th, 2011― 1 PM―3 PM Automated Phone Systems August 20th, 2011― 1 PM―3 PM Idiomatic Expressions August 27th, 2011― 1 PM―3 PM RALSG Summer Social

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Regional Adult Learner Support Group I Have A Story...Adult Learner Conferences Saturday, July 16th, 2011 Saturday, September 17th, 2011 10:00 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 Rigby-Wilcox, 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! Learners will create works of art with Carey that will be auctioned off at The Story Within Dinner and Silent Auction, September 17th, 2011! Adult Learners MUST pre-register for each of these events to ensure we have adequate supplies and materials.. Please contact Trudy at 789-0468 or ralsg@literacyhub.ca to register.

Tickets are The Story Within Dinner and Silent Auction Saturday, September 17th, 2011 6:00 PM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK In celebration of our Adult Learners 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.

$25 each and available from the learners in our support group, board and staff of the literacy hub or by calling 551-7532 or 789-0468.

For more information call Trudy at 789-0468 or e-mail her at outreach@literacyhub.ca

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Regional Family Literacy Conference

The Focus on Families Conference and Brand New World Café are co-hosted by:

September 30 & October 1, 2011 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK $150/Person (Early Bird Price, till September 17th) $175/Person Space is limited―Watch for more information at www.literacyhub.ca! Don’t Miss Out! Topics Include: • Do We Really Understand the Early Years In Saskatchewan? • Engaging Every Parent! What are their Sparks? • 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. • A New ABC? Asset Building Communities! Using the 40 Developmental Assets® to Promote and Protect our children! • From Diapers to Duct Tape―Fun Ways to Involve Dads in Your Programs • Why Join the School Community Council?

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Focus On Families Pre-Conference Resource Swap and Networking Session Friday, September 30th, 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!


Saskatchewan Association of School Councils AGM and Provincial Networking Cafe “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” - Edgar Cayce

Brand New World Café September 30th, 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… Will you join us? Phone 551-7532 or email us at sasc@literacyhub.ca to let us know if you will be able to attend to help us plan for café needs! More Information at http://www.literacyhub.ca/School_Councils.php 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. Let your voice be heard.

Enter to Win Door Prizes!

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 7:30 AM―9:00 AM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

$5/Person to Attend Light Breakfast Included

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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International Literacy Day

The United Nations' (UN) International Literacy Day annually falls on September 8 to raise people's awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world. In honour of International Literacy Day the Hand In Hand Literacy Partnership will be hosting a number of events and learning opportunities in Regina. Please join us in celebrating culture and literacy at any or all of these events! Literacy For All Ages Conference Adult Learner Conference The Story Within―Dinner and Silent Auction Focus on Families―Families in the School Conference

September 8, 2011

Literacy For All Ages Conference Saturday, September 10th, 2011 9:00 AM―4:00 PM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

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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! Literacy And Parenting Skills

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The Hopeful Message of the 40 Developmental Assets 11–18, say their parents and other adults model positive, responsible behavior, according to Search Institute surveys. Let’s all try a little harder to “practice what we preach.”

Asset 14: Adult Role Models Young eyes are watching you Sometimes adults do things they aren’t proud of―swear, watch too much television, argue. Making mistakes is understandable, but remember young people look up to adults. They see you―especially if you’re a parent―as the type of person they want to become someday. They want heroes. That’s why it’s so important to be the best person you can be. Adult Role Models is Asset 14 of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, the qualities, experiences, and relationships that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Here are the facts Research shows that young people are more likely to exhibit positive, responsible behavior when they have parents and other adults in their lives who model positive, responsible behavior. Having good role models is one of the greatest desires of most young people. However, only 27 percent of young people, ages

Tips for building this asset According to experts, what most young people need more than anything else in their lives is positive social interaction with Also try this adults. These interactions In your home and family: Do expose young people to realyour best to model life heroes. Be a role model for appropriate behavior at all the young people around you, times. When you make and help them find other mistakes, admit them. responsible adults to be part of Apologize for missteps. their lives as well. The more positive role models young In your neighborhood and people have, the better! community group: Don’t be afraid to start a conversation Want to know more about the with a young person in your 40 Developmental Assets and neighborhood. Begin by ideas for helping young people asking: How did you meet build them? Visit your best friend? What is your www.search-institute.org/assets. favorite family tradition? -------------------------

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; www.search-institute.org. This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.

In your school or youth program: As a group, list questions young people can ask their adult role models to learn more about choices they made. Then, have students or participants interview that person. Discuss their findings.

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Celebrate Canada Day with us at Free Admission!

For the Balcarres Community Literacy Network’s

Great Food! Free Mini Golf!

Roast Your Own in

Free Pedal Go Carts!

the Fire Pit -

Free Challenge Games

2 hot dogs & a

Fun for the whole family!

drink for $5 Free book draws for parents and kids from our

$10 Bubble Ball Rides

“Traveling Trunk”!

Proceeds to literacy! Time: 3:00 - 7:00 pm, July 1st Location: Ravine Adventures, Abernethy In case of bad weather, confirm the event is Event Sponsored by:

still on by calling: 333-2029


Summer HIH Newsletter 2011