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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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Planting Seeds

"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson

As we round into the harvest season and reflect on our year, it can be rewarding to see the fruits of our labor. Unfortunately, we're not always going to see the immediate outcomes in our work, but if we continue to show up every day, consistently and with grace, we are sowing many seeds to be harvested in the future. What seeds are you sowing right now?



  • Students at Arrowwood Hills showing off their mad math skills!

  • All sites had smashin' Halloween parties - Brick had some spoooooky snacks!

  • Community donors, like the women from University Townhouses, are helping stock our pantries for the holiday season

  • Hikone and Creekside Court had the *cutest* fall photoshoot sessions

  • Jazmine and her team threw an amazing Trunk or Treat Party!

  • Students across all sites had a blast painting pumpkins for CAN Art & Design



CAN Harvest Parties- Every November, we celebrate the harvest season with a potluck! These might look different as we continue to maintain safe COVID-19 practices, but we encourage you to join in the fun and community-building events if you can! Ask a site director how you can help =)

  • Green Baxter Court - November 18, 5-7pm

  • Hikone - November 16, 4-6pm

  • Brick - November 18, 4-6pm

  • Arrowwood Hills, "Friendsgiving" - November 18, 4-6pm

  • Creekside Court - November 18, ~4-6pm

NOVEMBER BABIES! You sweet scorpios, Happy Birthday!

  • Olivia Reames, Bryant PA - November 5

  • Hannah Sher, Creekside PA - November 5

  • Annalee Miklosek, Brick PA - November 15

  • Megan Jagolinzer, Bryant PA & former VISTA - November 19

  • Tess Brieva, Bryant PA - November 19

Upcoming Staff Meetings- The next couple of months, our meeting schedule as of right now will look as follows:

  • November 12, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm

  • November 19, 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)

  • November 26, CLOSED: CAN is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

  • December 3, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm

CAN On the Holidays-

  • November 24-26 - CAN is closed

  • December 2 - Last day of ASP for most CAN sites (Bryant will go another 2 weeks)

  • December 6-10 - Prep for Holiday Parties

  • December 13-16 - CAN Holiday Parties

  • December 22-January 2 - Bryant Market Closed

  • December 24 - CAN Closed

  • December 31 - CAN Closed

Community center hours will vary between December 23-January 3. Please contact your supervisor if you are unsure what work expectations are =)

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

Mental Health Promotion Strategies+

Check out these folders about mental health, equity, reviewing trainings, and tips for working with children and youth in CAN Academy!

HOLD UP - some of these are still in-development? YUP! If you see a gap or see a way these resources can be improved, let's work together to expand these tools and resources for future staff and interns!

Email Katie at & Laura 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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