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Glendale Youth Alliance is Now Accepting Applications!

The Glendale Youth Alliance (GYA) has embarked on the 2015-2016 Employer Incentive Program and is now accepting applications. To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 24, NOT enrolled in school at the time of enrollment and meet other grant requirements. Applications can be found on the GYA website and offices located on the second floor of the Verdugo Jobs Center, 1255 S. Central Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204. Or you can download the application here.

In this program, participants are placed in paid jobs primarily in private businesses to gain the skills and experience needed to climb the career ladder within a company. The program pays for the initial 200 hours of work as an incentive for the employer to hire the young adults in long term, unsubsidized employment. Program enrollees partake in pre-employment training provided by GYA and a certificated skill training program designed to prepare youth to succeed in the workforce. For more information about this program, please visit www.glendaleyouthalliance.org or call (818) 937-8073.

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Join Caesura Youth Orchestra Summer Camp!

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Below is an open letter from the President of one of our community partners, Caesura Youth Orchestra. They’re hosting a summer music camp and there’s still time to register your child. Read below to learn more.

The Caesura Youth Orchestra (CYO) is just completing it’s first year of service to the Glendale community. Our pilot program this school year was with students at the Cerritos Elementary School in south Glendale. CYO provides free music education, free group lessons and free instruments to participating students. Students who stay with the program for three years are able to keep the instruments to enhance their musical experience for the rest of their life.

The first group of students, ages 9-12 years old began in the Fall with virtually no knowledge of music. While the school provides a teacher to come to the school one day each week, she must provide music to over 400 students during that day including some small instrumental groups. CYO provides an after school program four days each week for two hours each day. The students initially learn to care for instruments and how to read music with a recorder. During the last month they have been introduced to an instrument of their choice of a clarinet, saxophone, flute or violin.

Many of these instruments were donated by members of the community and refurbished. In addition to learning music, the students learn the importance of team building by helping each other in learning music and in performances in class and in public.

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The first CYO Summer Music Camp will be held at the Roosevelt Middle School from June 8-July 10. Participating students will come to the school from 9 AM to 1 PM Monday through Friday. They will be given music education, sectional rehearsals and workshops, full ensemble rehearsal and lunch each day. The Summer Music Camp will conclude with a public performance at Roosevelt Middle School, 222 E Acacia Avenue on Friday, July 10 at 7 PM. Students in the art class at Cerritos will be providing an art exhibit at the performance.

Community members are providing support for the CYO students by providing a scholarship allowing them to attend at no cost. We are grateful to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Oakwood Financial Management and individuals for their support.

Other students wishing to attend the Summer Music Camp may contact Dave Ferguson, CYO President for an application and fee information. Please visit our website for more information about the Caesura Youth Orchestra, www.mycyo.org.

Dave Ferguson
President

Diabesity Community Engagement Project – UniHealth Population Health

Glendale Adventist Medical Center- January 2015 – December 2017

Prevention screening is effective and consistently recommended in many hospital guidelines to improve the community overall health status. UniHealth grant has funded Diabesity (diabetes and obesity) Community Engagement Project to screen 3,000 at risk community participants by December 2017. The multipronged screening program meets five health- related needs in addressing three priorities (reducing overweight, obesity, diabetes prevalence) identified in the Glendale Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment. 35 % of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) Service Planning Area 2 and 4 over 18 are overweight. Higher than LA County, this prevalence can result to increased risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease. Over 8.6 % of GAMC service area are diabetic, and increasing, of which over half are untreated. Diabetes is a serious co- morbidity disease leading to heart and kidney disease, stroke amputation, blindness and even death. GAMC’s support to access current levels of chronic disease, screen the community and improve chronic disease management health outcomes, let alone improve the community/ patients quality of life, correlates to a decrease in Glendale’s  hospitalization rate for uncontrolled diabetes, currently greater than California. Furthermore, diabetes hospitalization rates are higher among medically underserved areas of Glendale compared to the state.

Each screening takes approximately between 10-15 minutes at collaborating faith-based organizations, for and non-profit organizations, employers, parks and recreational sites. The screenings entail two paper assessments (11 questions for Diabetes and 19 questions for Cardiovascular Risk) and a brief participant information assessment. 2-3 Clinical Care Extender and Nursing residents join to answer immediate questions to aid each participant. Additionally, a Family Practice resident is on site to take blood pressure checks and answer specific clinical questions. Soon comprehensive testing including: HbA1c blood, vision (titmus), spirometry, glaucoma screening, rapid cholesterol and glucose (random), and body fat composition. Plenty of education material and resources are provided at each outreach event including referral to best practice Stanford Diabetes self-management training in a 12 six-week session program offered in Armenian and Spanish.

Barriers such as patient refusal, forgetfulness, culture, language, social economic status or simply lack of time, can all lead to missed opportunities for critical prevention and early detection. To reduce barriers, capture prevalent lower income, and uninsured populations residing in the area, on-site screenings not only facilitates the community to conveniently engage in comprehensive screenings, but also compliments urgent and acute services. The program has partnered with Covered California to provide access to the uninsured community members.

Motivating public to actively “Own their Health” in the community, rather than stigmatize individuals with awareness of disease, DCEP has partnered with local FQHC All for Health, Health for All primary care clinics. In effect, engaged participants will be referred to a primary physician to retain ongoing access self-management tools, extend healthcare needs, increasing compliance, improve patient tracking, and referral tracking, ultimately providing a medical home for patients. Additionally, DCEP has partnered with GAMC Cardiovascular and Heart Institute, offering at risk patients to further CVD counseling and referral to specialists. In conjunction with GAMC new mobile van, DCEP has partnered with Occupational Medicine to engage community employers and businesses. An employee wellness initiative will build on Adventists Health existing program to incentivize healthier workplaces.

Welcoming over 100 partners, Glendale Healthier Community Coalition has collaborated to extend non-profit involvement. Lastly, Health Interoperability Exchange is developing to share a common IT Platform to monitor population health data to continuously assess early disease detection.

Glendale Youth Alliance – Summer Youth Employment Program

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On March 2, 2015, Glendale Youth Alliance will begin accepting applications for the Summer Youth Employment Training Program. This program provides low-income youth ages 14-21 with life skills, pre-employment training and paid jobs during the summer months.

Youth ages 14-16 will have an opportunity to partake in the Brush Clearance Program. On closely supervised teams, they will spend six weeks removing overgrown brush on over 30 parcels of city owned land and reducing the risk of fire on the city’s hillsides. Youth between the ages of 17 and 21 will be placed in jobs throughout the community such as the local hospitals, non-profit & for-profit organizations including libraries, schools and retail stores.

Applications are available online at or at the Verdugo Jobs Center located at 1255 S. Central Avenue in Glendale.

For more information about the Glendale Youth Alliance or the summer program please visit our website www.glendaleyouthalliance.org or call (818) 937-8073.

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