The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has announced the recipients of the 2010 Summer Employment Opportunity (SEO) grant funds. These funds will be used to provide academic and occupational summer experiences to eligible youth ages 14-21, with an emphasis on serving youth over 16 who are not in school.While the 2010 program was smaller than 2009 because ARRA funding is no longer available, the department had $125,000 to award for this important program. Applications totaled almost seven times that much money, indicating how great the need is. Applicants responded to a Request for Proposal, describing their programs in detail. The applications were reviewed and scored by a multi-agency committee and awards were made based on those scores, populations to be served, geographic mix, cost per participant, occupations involved and their connection to real jobs, and the past performance of the applicant.The following projects were awarded funds and will begin recruiting participants soon:Laraway SchoolLaraway’s program is designed to serve the neediest youth, primarily those at risk of dropping out, youth in foster care, court involved youth, and youth of incarcerated parents. Participants come from all over Vermont, with the majority currently residing in Lamoille, Washington, and Orleans Counties. They will receive literacy and math instruction as well as occupational and post-secondary opportunities. Each will identify one of the following areas of interest: Conservation and Recreation Management, Agriculture, or Health and Human Services and will complete a community project or service.Linking Learning to Life, Inc. (LLL)The TIPS program, Training Interns and Partnering for Success, created by LLL, has been adapted to partner with the Vermont Lake Monsters to place high risk Chittenden County youth in summer employment at Centennial Field in Burlington. A second work site at Gutterson Field House was added last year. In addition to paid work experience, the program will include career exploration, soft skill training, resume writing, and interview techniques.Smokey House CenterFor 36 years, Smokey House has been providing work-based learning opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the Rutland and Bennington area. Participants will work in small crews 4 days a week during the summer learning basic academic, occupational, and work readiness skills by engaging in natural resource management work projects, utilizing their farm and forest lands.The Tutorial Center, Inc.The Tutorial Center, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Extension (UVM), will run summer job training programs in Bennington, Brattleboro, and Manchester. The Summer Work and Learn program offers at-risk youth a paid work opportunity in educational gardens and farmers’ markets, building transferable skills by growing and preparing healthy food, managing tasks as a team, and providing customer service. The 2010 programs will include more leadership opportunities for youth, who will train volunteers at schools and community gardens, and will increase opportunities for applied academics by making the gardens available to teachers.Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)VYCC will run two Career Development Crews, with 10 members each, one based in Richmond and one in Rutland. The crews will be non-residential, and will receive technical skills training relevant to environmental conservation, such as trail construction, design, and project management. Also included will be general job readiness skills in the areas of communication, problem solving, planning, and evaluation. Basic academic skills will be enhanced through VYCC’s WoRD (Writing, Reading, and Discussion) program-group discussions based on relevant articles.All youth who participate will be paid Vermont minimum wage ($8.06/hr) by the Vermont Department of Labor. For more information about the Summer Employment Opportunity or to find out about the referral process please call your local VDOL office http://labor.vermont.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=285(link is external)Source: VDOL. 4.1.2010-30-
“SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)” 19 March 2019Family First Comment: “As the legal status of cannabis changes in many countries and states, and as we consider the medicinal properties of some types of cannabis, it is of vital public health importance that we also consider the potential adverse effects that are associated with daily cannabis use, especially high potency varieties.”Today, a landmark study published in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry Journal finds that daily use of high potency marijuana is linked to greater rates of psychosis in Europe. According to the study, an estimated five in ten new cases of psychosis in Amsterdam and three in ten new cases in London are linked with high potency marijuana use.“This study is groundbreaking,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former Obama Administration drug policy advisor. “It is the first to show how marijuana impacts population rates of psychosis – and it’s results are chilling. For years we have known that low potency marijuana was damaging to mental health. Now the scientific literature is catching up with the rapidly increasing THC potency we are seeing on the market today.”Numerous studies have shown a causal link between marijuana use and onset of severe mental health issues, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, but this is the first study to showcase the link at a population level. The study finds that daily, average potency marijuana users were three times more likely to be diagnosed with first episode psychosis compared to non-users. With daily use of high potency marijuana, this number increased to five times more likely.“Our findings are consistent with previous studies showing that the use of cannabis with a high concentration of THC has more harmful effects on mental health than the use of weaker forms. They also indicate for the first time how cannabis use affects the incidence of psychotic disorder at a population level,” said Dr Marta Di Forti, lead author from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London, UK. “As the legal status of cannabis changes in many countries and states, and as we consider the medicinal properties of some types of cannabis, it is of vital public health importance that we also consider the potential adverse effects that are associated with daily cannabis use, especially high potency varieties.”Moreover, the study found that instances of first time psychosis in London would be cut by a third if high potency marijuana products were no longer available.Sabet continued, “Lawmakers considering marijuana legalization are not learning about studies such as this from the well-heeled marijuana industry lobbyists. We will get this study, and others like it, in front of lawmakers at all levels of government to educate them on the real impact of allowing the commercialization of high potency marijuana to spread.”https://learnaboutsam.org/groundbreaking-new-uk-study-confirms-link-between-daily-high-potency-marijuana-use-and-psychosis/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
During his time in Glasgow Wieghorst helped Celtic end Rangers’ run of nine-straight SPL titles, before being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2000 and making a remarkable return to resume his playing career. Wieghorst, who played alongside Laudrup for Denmark, left the Hoops in 2002 to become one of his former team-mate’s first signings at Brondby. The highlights of his managerial career to date have been the consecutive Danish Cup triumphs he oversaw with Nordsjaelland, before taking the reins of the national under-21 side. He was also viewed as a potential successor to Morten Olsen, with the boss of the senior Denmark side set to step down next year, but the chance to return to club football has been too strong a draw. The move to bring in Wieghorst would suggest Laudrup has no intention of leaving the Liberty Stadium, having been linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea. Despite the speculation, the Swans boss does not believe there is any need to rush a decision over extending his contract, which runs out at the end of next season. But with a Capital One Cup final, important Premier League games and next week’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai on the horizon, Laudrup does not believe his contract is a matter that needs to be dealt with immediately. He said: “I think for me the present is more important than the future, we have so many things coming up now and I already have a contract for next season so it is not urgent for me. “We have some very important things to deal with right now. I am talking to the chairman a lot of times every week and we talk about a lot of things.” Swansea are set to appoint former Denmark and Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst as Michael Laudrup’s assistant, Press Association Sport understands. The 41-year-old has been in charge of the Denmark Under-21 side, but is to give up the role to move to the Liberty Stadium, and his switch could be confirmed before the weekend. Erik Larsen has been working as Laudrup’s right-hand man so far this season, but it is believed he will be moved into a position with more focus on scouting, while Alan Curtis will remain as a first-team coach. Press Association