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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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Chilly Check-in



Send some birthday wishes to our February friends! 🥳

  • Sunny Liu, Intern, February 3

  • Malak Hasan, Bryant Program Assistant, February 7

  • Taylor Chapman, Hikone Program Assistant, February 13

  • Aaron Mariasy, AmeriCorps VISTA, February 18

  • Shannon Ford, AmeriCorps VISTA, February 18

  • Kayla Samuels, Director of Brick, February 28


Upcoming Events-

  • February 8 - AAPS Student Count Day

  • February 20 - President's Day AAPS & LCS Closed

  • February 27-March 3 - UM & EMU Spring Break, ASP may be reduced depending on staffing

  • March 15 - LCS Half Day, no ASP

  • March 27-March 31 - AAPS & LCS Spring Break, CAN Closed

Staff Meetings (*Meetings have been moved to Tuesdays at 12pm*)-

  • February 7, 12 pm - Management Meeting / In-person, Creekside Court Community Center

  • February 14, 12 pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • February 21, 12 pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • February 28, 10:30 am - VIP (VISTA Improvement Program) / Virtual (Zoom)

  • March 7, 12 pm - Management Meeting / In-person, Bryant Community Center

  • March 14, 12 pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • March 21, 12 pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

*Due to availability/scheduling, All Staff Meetings are required for Management and AmeriCorps VISTAs and optional for Program Assistants 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 & Tidbits

As you probably know, February is Black History Month.

As a part of a collaborative project between The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, includes all sorts of media which pays "tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society."

Please consider joining me in dedicating some time each week this month to read/watch/listen to some of these materials and take time to reflect on how we can center racial justice in our day-to-day work beyond this month.


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