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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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Fame, Glow Ups, and Babies

"Once you start celebrating the little victories in life, you will realize just how infinite they truly are." --Alicia Emamdee


  • Welcome to the world, Mira Nabilsi! Our very own Fayiza is a new grandma (we can't believe it!) - Congratulations, Nabilsi family!

  • Brick Community Center experienced a huge Glow Up these last couple of weeks. The kids were stoked and had so much fun doing a scavenger hunt to find the key to unlock the newly renovated room in their center.

  • Did you know? Our team members are out in the community sharing all of the awesome things you are doing! Check out CAN in the News at:

What are some "little victories" you accomplished these last couple of weeks?



October Babies, there's so many of us!!!

  • Tyla Tolbert, our new Bryant After School Program Director! - October 2

  • Laura Amtower, Director of Education - October 3

  • Sarah Sujkowski, Education Program Assistant - October 4

  • Louey Guillen, Deputy Director - October 11

  • Victoria Stewart, AmeriCorps VISTA - October 14

  • Valerie Muthuswami, our new Director of Volunteers! - October 17

  • Katie Lampen, Director of Program Management - October 22

  • John Clark - October 29 (John is sadly ending his VISTA year on October 26 before his birthday, so if you see him, make sure to wish him an early HBD, give him a big COVID-safe elbow bump, and check out his beautiful Hikone Community Greenspace. Thanks for all you've done, John!)

  • Summer Eubank, GBC Program Assistant - October 30

CAN Fall Holiday Parties- These are great opportunities to have fun with CAN kiddos and families. We encourage those who can to ask directors what they need, plug in, and help out at an upcoming Halloween/Fall Harvest Party!

  • Green Baxter Court - October 25, ~4-6pm

  • Hikone - October 26, ~4-6pm

  • Brick - October 27, ~4-6pm

  • Arrowwood Hills - October 28, ~4-6pm

  • Creekside Court - October 28, ~4-6pm

Upcoming Staff Meetings- In the Fall, our weekly rotation of staff meetings will be as follows:

  1. Management Meeting

  2. All Staff/Interns Meeting

  3. Management Meeting

  4. Off-Week / Meet on as-needed basis (e.g. Anyone who needs to touch base with specific people can set aside these Fridays to schedule those meetings with whomever it makes the most sense to include)

That means for October, our meeting schedule as of right now will look as follows:

  • October 1, Management Meeting: 1-2pm

  • October 8, All Staff* Meeting: 1-3pm

  • October 15, Management Meeting: 1-2pm

  • October 22, Groups Will Meet As-Needed (times will vary)

  • October 29, Management Meeting: 1-2pm

*All staff are invited to attend- these are mandatory for Directors & VISTAs; Program Assistants and Interns are welcome to join if available.

You can also view our more dynamic schedule on CAN's Google Calendar:

Google Calendars are a helpful tool CAN uses so we can make updates and share them out with all of our stakeholders in case anything changes!


Tips & Tidbits

Do you remember?

Now that you've had some time to get your feet on the ground, we encourage to reflect on the initial online trainings you completed before you began.

-What do you know now that you didn't know before?

-What strategies have your implemented so far and how are they going?

And, if there isn't something there you would find incredibly valuable for yourself and staff to come, please email Katie at and we can work together to improve and increase our resources.


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

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