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"Connect" is CAN's internal newsletter for staff, interns, volunteers, board members, and anyone else who would like to receive bi-weekly updates regarding highlights, announcements, and ongoing training/professional development updates. Welcome and join us in our virtual community-building endeavor!

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Back to school and ASP Are Upon us!



Happy birthday to CAN's many September Virgos!

  • Keegan Carriveau, Director of Art and Design, September 6

  • Larisa Mednis, Brick Program Assistant, September 6

  • Danielle Davis, Bryant Program Assistant, September 15

  • Entisar Wadi, Bryant Program Assistant, September 15

  • Tae Bushell, Director of Green Baxter Court, September 16

  • Jazmine Harrison, Director of Arrowwood Hills, September 17

  • Colette Johnson, Director of Community Health and Wellness, September 19


Upcoming Events-

  • September 4 - Labor Day, CAN Closed

  • September 11 - Tentative ASP Start Date

  • September 27 - AAPS Early Release - No ASP

  • October 4 - AAPS Student Count Day

  • October 13 - 16 - AAPS Fall Break, No School

  • October 16 - LCS No School

  • October 26 - LCS Half Day

  • October 27 - LCS No School

  • October 31 - AAPS Early Release

Staff Meetings -

  • September 15 - Management Meeting, 11 am - Virtual (Zoom)

  • September 19 - All Staff Meeting, 10 am - Northside Community Center

  • October 3 - Management Meeting, 10 am - Northside Community Center

  • October 17 - Management Meeting, 10 am - Virtual (Zoom)

  • October 24 - All Staff Meeting, 10 am - Northside Community Center

*Due to availability/scheduling, All Staff Meetings are required for Management and AmeriCorps VISTAs and optional for Program Assistants, SPFs, and Interns (although we highly encourage any PAs and Interns who are available to join!)

All of our staff meetings and CAN holidays are up on the CAN Google Calendar. If you are in our Google Group listservs (,,, & you should receive an invitation to any relevant staff meetings, events, etc.

  • If you are not in one of these listservs or cannot access the CAN Google Calendar, please email so you can be added!

You can find a link to subscribe to the CAN Google Calendar at (CAN Calendar).


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Tips and Tidbits

With students just heading back to school and ASP right around the corner, as well as going back to school recently myself, I have been thinking a lot about fresh starts and some positive things that might be helpful to hear right about now. I'd recommend writing some of these affirmations on sticky notes and placing them around your office, or writing some down in your phone to revisit when you need them!

  1. I am confident and capable.

  2. I am open to new opportunities and challenges.

  3. I am ready to take on whatever comes my way.

  4. I add value.

  5. I make a significant difference in the lives of others.

  6. I am proud of what I do.

  7. I learn from my mistakes.

  8. I am constantly learning and growing.

  9. My colleagues appreciate me.

  10. I embrace change.

  11. I take initiative to achieve my goals.

  12. I am always open to new ideas.

  13. I trust my intuition.

  14. My opinion matters.

  15. I can take the lead.


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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments (or highlights, announcements, etc.), please email Anabel at

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