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Trauma-Informed System of Care

Trauma-Informed System of Care

In February, Yolo County’s Positive Youth Justice: Yolo Youth In Focus Collaboration hosted four free training sessions on Trauma-Informed Care for Youth for nearly 200 community members who work with youth.  Seeking Safety/Treatment Innovations conducted the trainings for participants from a variety law and justice, child welfare, treatment and youth serving departments and agencies, as well as court and school officials.  This training was provided under the Positive Youth Justice Initiative planning grant, which was directly funded by Sierra Health Foundation.

Public Defender’s March 14 Event Offers Legal Services and Information

Public Defender’s March 14 Event Offers Legal Services and Information

The Yolo County Public Defender’s Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic will host a half-day event to help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records and to provide information about available community and government resources.  The event will occur on Friday, March 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Yolo County Administration Building, located at 625 Court Street in Woodland. 

Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society, such as restricted opportunities for employment and denial of access to social services like public housing and benefits.  However, under California law, rehabilitated offenders can petition the court for various forms of relief including dismissals of former convictions (also known as “expungements”) and reduction of certain felony convictions to misdemeanors. 

Davis Library Parcel Tax Exemption Deadline June 2, 2014

Davis Library Parcel Tax Exemption Deadline June 2, 2014

The deadline to file for an exemption from the Davis special library parcel tax is June 2, 2014.  Exemptions to the special tax are granted for the following:

Gardening 101 Courses in March

Gardening 101 Courses in March

Want to learn more about how to start a garden?  The Hannah and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, sponsored by the Yolo County Health Department and located on the west side of 137 N. Cottonwood Avenue in Woodland, is hosting two free community “Gardening 101” classes in March. 

These one-hour classes on March 15 and March 19 will cover gardening basics, such as how to prepare your soil for planting, what to plant for a summer garden, and an introduction to integrative pest management (pesticide-free approach to gardening).  No gardening experience is required, only an interest in gardening.  Gloves and shoes for working in the dirt are recommended.

Classes are taught by the Master Gardeners of Yolo County.  Class schedule as follows:

Saturday, March 15, 10 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, March 19, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. 

Mystery Game Night For Tweens, Hosted By Tweens

Mystery Game Night For Tweens, Hosted By Tweens

The Yolo County Library’s Mary L. Stephens Branch in Davis is pleased to present a night of mystery and books for “tweens” (pre-teens).  The program will take place in the Blanchard Room of the library, located at 315 E. 14th Street in Davis, on Friday, March 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This event is free and open to youth between the ages of 9 and 12, or in grades 4 through 6.

Participants can expect a fun-filled evening of sleuthing and snacks.  Tweens will solve mysteries during this program using books that were inspired by the board game Clue. 

“The tween years are a time when many youth may want to become more proactive in their communities,” says Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “Mystery Game Night for Tweens is a great way for this age group to have fun, meet new peers and test the waters of community involvement.”

Healthy Yolo Community Health Status and Community Themes & Strengths Assessments Now Available

Healthy Yolo Community Health Status and Community Themes & Strengths Assessments Now Available

The Yolo County Health Department, through the Healthy Yolo campaign, has completed two additional community health assessments: the Community Health Status Assessment and the Community Themes & Strengths Assessment.  The Community Health Status Assessment provides a comprehensive look at the health status and contributing factors within Yolo County.  The Community Themes & Strengths Assessment is the result of survey responses asking Yolo County residents to identify health issues that are important to them, their perceptions of the quality of life in their community, and community strengths and assets.  The assessment reports are now available at www.HealthyYolo.org.

Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

The used clothing drive, sponsored by the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, has officially come to a close.  Everything collected was sold by the pound to California Clothing Recyclers and 100% of the proceeds went directly to Fourth & Hope, Woodland’s only cold weather homeless shelter whose mission is to change lives by providing a continuum of care for hungry and homeless individuals and families.