Energy Assistance Available, Head Start Enrollment, CANI Golf, Career Development Conference and Poverty Simulation

Here's What's Happening at CANI...

CANI still has utility assistance dollars available.You can learn about the specifics and obtain a mail-in application from the CANI website. Please spread the word by telling your friends, family, and neighbors. Applications are due by May 5.

Do you or a friend or family member have a child ages 3 to 5? We may have a FREE pre-school program for him or her! April 13 is the official kick-off for Head Start recruitment for the 2012-13 school-year. Click here to learn more.

It’s never too early or too late to improve your financial literacy. Take advantage of Money Smart Week April 21-28 and attend some FREE events. Locally, CANI is hosting a workshop April 23 on the topic of "Credit Builder Small Business Loans." RSVP to Jose Hernandez by April 19.

Save the Date! CANI Golf 2012 will take place June 7 at Noble Hawk Golf Links in Kendallville, IN. CANI Golf begins at 1pm with a shotgun start and concludes with a fabulous dinner and awards. Mark your calendar and register through the CANI Golf website.

A Battle of Brains

Local youth showcase work-force readiness skills at competition

Local youth showcased their critical thinking and creativity skills at the 4th annual Career Development Conference Saturday, March 10 at the Public Safety Academy in Fort Wayne. CANI’s Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program, in partnership with the Northeast Indiana Regional Workforce Investment Board (NEIRWIB), hosted the event.

Thirty-five students from nine different regional high schools competed for a chance to perform at the state finals this month. The competition provided the opportunity for students to showcase their critical thinking and creativity skills in six different workforce-readiness competencies. Here are the winners: 
  • Career Presentation - 1st Place - Diane Deason (Marion High School); 2nd Place - Mariesha Carter (Wayne High School)
  • Creative Solutions - 1st Place - Min Khant (New Haven High School); 2nd Place - Bryer Alred (Mississinewa High School)
  • Critical Thinking - 1st Place - Tyler Humbles (Marion High School); 2nd Place - DeAysia Bennett (South Side High School)
  • Employability Skills - 1st Place - Lawrence Betts (Marion High School); 2nd Place - Sara Guardiola (South Side High School)
  • Public Speaking - 1st Place - Joniqua Simmons (Marion High School); 2nd Place - Brooklyn Perry (Northrop High School)
  • Writing Skills - 1st Place Breanna Niccum (R. Nelson Snider High School)

Simulation Promotes Understanding, Empathy

Participants learn what it means to live in poverty
CANI Board members and their guests faced the realities of living in poverty March 15 at Ceruti's Summit Park. The purpose of the simulation was to raise awareness and promote greater understanding about poverty issues.

The environment was chaotic at times, as people rushed to pay bills by the end of the month. It didn’t take long for participants to take their new identity rather seriously. And with the role playing came emotions like anger, frustration, and despair. For example, as one participant remarked: " (I recall) how frusterated I felt and how easy it would be to turn to a solution that isn't a good  choice."

CANI will host a Simulation in May that will be open to the public. More info will be coming soon. In the meantime, those interested in participating or volunteering to help put on the simulation can contact Lauren Caggiano, (260) 399-4109 for more information. And be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos and video!
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