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Second Saturday
May 12 – Oct 13 all-day

Raleigh Food Corridor hosts Second Saturday, a once-a-month celebration of local food and community – a day to build awareness and support Raleigh’s food system. Last year, the Raleigh Food Corridor partnered with over 100 businesses and organizations to bring more than 3,000 people out to local gardens, educational events, farmers markets, restaurants, and more.

Join us on the Second Saturday of every month this summer.


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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training @ Poe Center for Health Education
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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September 26th, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Poe Center for Health Education

As a part of its Annual Meeting and Conference activities, the Poe Center is hosting a special session of Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in crisis or non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. LEARN MORE.

Register here for this one-time session or
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Smart Solutions for Schools Webinar
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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School administrators, teachers and parents are invited to our Smart Solutions for Schools Webinar to learn about solutions that will improve the health and performance of students, and how to earn recognition through AHA’s Healthy School Awards program. The webinar is Wed., September 26, 4-5 pm via Zoom; register here.

Hear from several Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) staff and partners who have expertise and resources that can support your school’s wellness work.

  • Fitness, Academic Achievement and Poverty-Local Data and Solutions
    Dave Jones
    , EdD, MAEd, NBCT, Brentwood Elementary, will share highlights of his research of 2,000 students in a public school district in the Southeast and the connection between fitness and academic achievement in low- and high-poverty schools, along with his recommendations.
  • Walking Wednesdays
    Hear from Jennifer Browndorf, NCBT, Hilburn Academy, and members of the 5th Grade Community Service Focus Team about their student-driven project to improve active routes to school and host a walk to school event every month last school year. Their work motivated fellow students to take part and earned an AHA Sneakers and Spokes Award for their school.
  • Active Routes to School
    The WCPSS Wellness Policy supports active transportation to and from school. Learn from Jennifer Delcourt, Active Routes to School, Region 5, about opportunities to start or grow walking and/or biking programs at your school.
  • Smart Snacks
    In June 2017, the WCPSS School Board adopted the new Wellness Policy, which states that all snacks provided during the school day (including for birthdays, learning experiences, staff functions, etc.) should meet USDA Smart Snacks in Schools standards. Hear from Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Director Paula De Lucca how CNS can help.
  • AHA Healthy School Awards
    AHA honors schools in Wake County through two awards. AHA Board Chair Sarah Martin, also a Wake County PTA Council veteran, will share why you should apply and how.
National Health Equity Research Webcast
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Walk to School Day
Oct 10 all-day

Now that students have returned for the 2018-19 school year, it’s time to get ready for Walk to School Day – October 10, 2018.

Thank you to all those who have registered for the 22nd annual event. Thousands of schools have signed up to participate. Schools that have not done so, are invited to join the movement and encouraged to register now!

Need some tips? Check out event ideashow to plan and ways to include your mayor.

Learn more here.

Action to Access 2018 ACEs Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day

The Center for Youth Wellness has joined forces with ACEs Connection to host our third biennial ACEs Conference. Our theme “Action to Access” will draw a line from the call to action established by previous conferences to the problem of access—how different individuals and communities are able to get and use the information, resources, and systems they need to reduce children’s exposure to adversity and its traumatic effects.

Learn more here!


Kaleidoscope Connections: Marbles Design Tour: Practical Ideas for Unusual Spaces @ Marbles Kids Museum
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tuesday, October 16, 9 am – 11 am

Marbles Design Tour: Practical Ideas for Unusual Spaces

Once you walk around Marbles Kids Museum, you will agree that the exhibits staff know their stuff. Each nook and cranny is filled with creative, intentional design that was created to support learning and build social emotional development. We will tour Marbles with the two people that design and produce this magical place for children. You will be inspired about opportunities at your own location and be able to ask lots of questions. Don’t miss this one!

  • Host: Chris Alexander, Marbles Director of Exhibit Production
  • Co-host: Michelle Ward, Marbles Design Specialist
  • Location: Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

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ACEs Steering Committee Meeting @ YMCA of the Triangle Association Resource Center
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Kaleidoscope Connections: Do You Want Me to Paint You a Picture? How Participation in the Arts Positively Impacts Kids’ Social and Emotional Skills @ Sertoma Arts Cenhter
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tuesday, December 11, 9 – 11 am

Do You Want Me to Paint You a Picture? How Participation in the Arts Positively Impacts Kids’ Social and Emotional Skills

This session will highlight the benefits of arts participation and share ideas for integrating more creativity into programs and promoting community arts participation. There will be an emphasis on inclusion of kids with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. Join us for an interactive experience.

  • Host: Betsy Ludwig, Executive Director, Arts Access
  • Co-host: Julia Medor, Director, Sertoma Arts Center
  • Location: Sertoma Arts Cenhter, 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27612

Learn more here!

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