Friday, February 25, 2011

Sewickley Valley Y to present on Head Injury

In light of the growing concern over concussions and other related head injury, our friends at the Y are presenting a Wellness Workshop on the topic, March 10th at 7 pm. Click the poster for more details!

Friday, February 18, 2011


At its monthly membership meeting on February 11, 2011, The Child Health Association of Sewickley was pleased to award a grant for $11,350 to Youth Connect to support the Community Youth Worker project. This funding came from the proceeds of the 2010 Annual Child Health Ball. Janet Kovac, president of Child Health, presented the check to Dr. Joseph Clapper, Superintendent of Quaker Valley School District, Susan Kaminski and Joan Murdoch, Youth Connect Board members, and Floyd Faulkner, the community youth worker. The Sewickley Valley Community Fund will match this donation.

In accepting this award, Joan Murdoch, cited the history of Child Health and praised the organization for its vision in providing support to local children. At its inception, one of the earliest service projects of the organization was to provide free milk for area public school children to combat malnutrition. Mrs. Murdoch said, “Now nearly 90 years later, the Child Health Organization has taken the initiative to fund another valuable program that enhances the basic needs of youth in our community.” She commended Child Health for its major funding role in piloting the Youth Worker position, along with The Presbyterian Church and the Grable Foundation in 2009-10.

With the mission of providing the information, resources, and support needed to give our young people the best chance to enjoy their teen years while avoiding risky behaviors, Floyd Faulkner, was hired as the community youth worker in August 2009. During the presentation, Faulkner thanked Child Health for their support and said, “Since the beginning of Youth Connect, collaborative efforts in the community have helped young people overcome the problems they encounter.” Quaker Valley School District administrators managed the hiring process of the community youth worker and are overseeing the program, allowing Faulkner access to the schools for interaction with the students, parents, and teachers. Dr. Clapper noted that benefits from the program have been seen since Day 1.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Author speaks on teen sexuality

It’s almost here…the rescheduled “Before They Know It All: Talking to Tweens and Teens about Sexuality”, led by author Alan Carson. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Sewickley Valley YMCA Community Activities Center. This event is free and open to the public, but, if desired, you can also pre-order lunch and/or a book for $10 each.

Please register for the event by calling the YMCA at 412-741-9622 or via the website (however, as of 10 am today, the site is experiencing difficulties) . If you have questions, please contact Marianne Cibulas at Further information is included in the attached flyer.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Youth Connect partners featured on WQED TV

Laughlin Children's Center and Quaker Valley School District were recently featured on "Pittsburgh 360," a new local-news program on PBS' WQED TV. Watch it here. Laughlin's clip begins at the 11:37 minute mark, and QV's starts around the 19:50 minute mark.