Employee of the Month, September 2018: Jake Beach

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        (Jake asked we did not use a picture of him, so we've taken a picture of his work space in its stead.) Our Employee of the Month for September 2018 is Jake Beach! Jake is a Program Manager for our Case Management Services. He is one of our committed and hard-working staff members who helps ensure our clients living with HIV or AIDS are receiving proper health care and to assist with unexpected life changes such as the need for housing or utility assistance. He graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Bachelor’s in English in May of 2015 and began working with Caring Communities in June of the same year. Before joining Caring Communities, Jake had jobs in retail, home health,…
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Young People and Mental/Sexual Health in a Changing World

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Today, October 10, marks World Mental Health Day. This year’s focus, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), is on adolescents and young adults. Young people, usually categorized as around 10-18 years old according to the American Psychological Association, are going through a multitude of changes at this point in their lives. Along with puberty, many teens experience major life events such as moving and changing schools, starting higher education, or beginning a new job. These can be great causes of stress and apprehension which, left unrecognized and unmanaged, can lead to mental illness. Unlike the generations before them, current adolescents are growing up more connected than ever before. In the US, current technology certainly provides many benefits: help with school, ideas for creative projects, staying in touch with…
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Scranton’s Latin Festival

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This past weekend, September 29-30, the Lackawanna County Courthouse square was home to the annual Scranton Latin Festival. Blanca Fernandez organized the event that gathered multiple local performers, musicians, and vendors to come together and celebrate their Hispanic heritage. Fernandez says she wanted the festival to be multicultural and diverse “to promote harmony, love, tolerance, acceptance. Everything that’s needed nowadays.” On Saturday, attendees could watch performances from Noelia Otayza and Ludy Rosales, Champions of Marinera Norteña Peru, a Peruvian coastal dance. Also showcasing their heritage was Frank LittleBear and his family. LittleBear is from the Cree Nation and the founder of Red Visions Dance Troupe, a group dedicated to outreach, understanding, and education of Native American culture through performing arts. Sunday had a different lineup with several DJs playing Spanish…
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LGBT History Month

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October begins LGBT History Month! Each week our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) will feature various icons of the LGBT community who have left their mark in history. LGBT History Month was started in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher. He believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history. Wilson noted that the gay and lesbian community was one of few communities worldwide that is not taught its history in at home or in school. The goal of this month is to provide role models, build connections, and make known the extraordinary national and international contributions of the LGBT community. October was selected because students are in school and existing traditions such as National Coming Out Day (October…
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World Contraception Day and the Importance of Protection

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Tomorrow, September 26, is World Contraception Day. The mission is to spread the word about the multitude of contraceptive methods so young people can make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Studies show most young adults find out about sex and contraception through their friends, family, and health care providers. Ask your doctor any questions you might have, and don't be afraid to discuss them with friends and family. Be there for one another by staying educated and safe. There are many different types of contraceptives out there today and knowing the pros and cons of each can be daunting. But Your-Life has made it easy to get started! Their "Which Contraception is Right for Me?" quiz will give you a good place to start. Their website is…
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