Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities



Monday, December 7, 2009

Featured Partner of the month: Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit #22

The Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit #22 (BCIU) is a regional educational service agency, one of twenty-nine in Pennsylvania established in 1970. Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the local school districts, the Intermediate Unit provides programs and services to Bucks County Schools in a highly cost-effective manner. Since IU’s do not have taxing power, local school district contributions support the majority of the programs offered by the BCIU. Some programs and services are also funded by federal or state allocations.

As educational innovators, we ensure optimal growth of all learners by collaborating with our school districts and community to initiate, design, and deliver exemplary leadership, teaching and learning.

There are serious social problems that affect schools across the country; Bucks County is certainly not immune to them. These issues include abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) as well as school safety. The BCIU Prevention Programs staff strives to directly respond to these issues as well as to support school districts in their efforts to provide students with healthy, safe environments and the skills that they need to make positive choices.

We focus on evidence-based ATOD curricula and violence prevention/bullying initiatives, and we provide various programs and services to increase awareness and early identification of at-risk students through professional development and support, our lending library, and direct student services.

For more information on the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit #22, please visit our website at: www.bucksiu.org

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gang Awareness Training and Prevention

Gang Awareness Training and Prevention
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Freedom Neighborhood One
Community Center
1250 Marie Lowe Drive
Bristol, PA 19007

Register with Darlene Mikosz, 215-244-7607 or, dmikosz@todayincbensalem.org by November 20th.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bucks County Family Friends

The mission of the Bucks County Family Friends program is to foster nurturing relationships whereby older adult volunteers provide companionship, respite and support to children with special needs and their families.

About BCFF:

You can work your entire life and wonder whether you've made a difference. Bucks County Family Friends make a difference in just a few hours a week. If you want to feel fulfilled, gain a new perspective on life, and open your heart to new relationships, please join us.

Share Your Skills:

People of any age can apply their experience and skills to Family Friends in many different ways: joining an advisory council, gathering resource materials, raising funds or recruiting participants. Skilled program staffs match individuals' talents, interests, and availability with a role that fits. Family Friends receive startup and ongoing training, support from experienced staff, recognition, liability insurance, and the chance to interact with like-minded, caring and committed people. Persons may participate individually or on a team. Schedules are flexible to meet everyone's needs.

Monthly In-Service meetings held at the Bucks County Intermediate unit on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10a.m.

Contact Information:

Meryl Lubchansky, Assistant Coordinator
Bucks County Intermediate Unit
705 North Shady Retreat Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-2940 ext. 1308
1-800-770-4822 ext. 1308

Friday, September 4, 2009

C.A.G.E. (County-wide Anti Gang Engagement)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the County-wide Anti Gang Engagement (CAGE) is to prevent and suppress gang related activity within Bucks County through education, training, advocacy, and networking.

Meeting information:

CAGE meetings are held:
•the first Friday of the following months:Feb, April, June, August, Oct., Dec.
•2:00 pm
•Bensalem Township Municipal Bldg,2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA

CAGE Contact:

Darlene Mikosz, Program Coordinator
3103 Hulmeville Road, Suite 105
Bensalem, PA 19020
(215) 244-7607 ext. 233

Services Offered:

•Gang 101 Awareness Trainings for parents and teachers
•Gang Prevention Presentations (tailored for students 5th through 12th grades)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Welcome & Overview

Welcome to the Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities (BPYC) blog. You will find updates, events and opportunities on this site.

BPYC exists to mobilize, build and strengthen the community around our youth to enrich the quality of life in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Regularly scheduled meetings are generally held monthly at various locations in Bucks County, PA. The purpose of the meetings are to facilitate the networking of agencies and organizations representing different sectors of the community who, through publicizing its efforts and sharing information, will support people helping youth to adopt healthy behaviors, reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors and assets.

For more information about BPYC, please contact BPYC program coordinator, Darlene Mikosz at 215-244-7607 or dmikosz@todayincbensalem.org.