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Send some wishes to CAN's May birthdays! 🥳

  • Kevin Tran, AmeriCorps VISTA at Arrowwood Hills, May 1

  • Timari Claybourne, Arrowwood Hills Program Assistant, May 6

  • Jasmyne Short, Bryant Program Assistant, May 6

  • Elizabeth Davis, Green Baxter Court Program Assistant, May 15

  • Katarina Marko, Green Baxter Court Program Assistant, May 15

  • Irene Hwang, AmeriCorps VISTA at Arrowwood Hills, May 17


Upcoming Events-

  • May 2 - AAPS No School, Election Day

  • May 4 - AAPS Early Release

  • May 11 - Last day of ASP at all locations

  • May 12 - CAN Closed

  • May 29 - Memorial Day, CAN Closed

  • June 12-23 - Summer Camp Training

  • June 19 - Juneteenth, CAN Closed

  • June 26 - Summer Camp Begins

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

  • May 2, 12 pm - Management Meeting / In-person, Green Baxter Court Community Center

  • May 16, 12 pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • May 22-23, 10 am-3 pm - Director Workshop / Day 1 at GBC, Day 2 location TBD

  • June 2, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • June 16, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • June 23, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • June 30, 11 am - 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

It's coming time for some of us to say goodbye to CAN's youth as the end of ASP approaches. As always, our guide to Saying Goodbye is a great resource for easing the transition. Since it's nearing the end of the school year, it could be great to consider organizing some more special memories for the kiddos.

Here are some ideas for making the end of the year memorable for youth, while still being sensitive of some of the feelings that may come up with goodbyes:

  • Memory board: have students come up with and write down a memory from any time during ASP over the course of the year and create a picture to go with it. Adults should participate, too! Once everyone is finished with their memory, have everyone share out, then add all of the memories to a bulletin board or large poster to go up somewhere around the center.

  • Web of kindness: on one of the last days of ASP, have everyone sit together in a circle and grab a ball of yarn. Explain that before you toss the yarn to someone else in the circle, you should share a memory you have of that person from this year at ASP or something you admire about them. Adults can help by setting an example and sharing first. As the ball is tossed, each person can wrap some yarn loosely around their wrist, which can later be made into a bracelet. At the end, you have created a web of good memories from ASP, and the bracelets can serve as a warm and fuzzy reminder of all of the connections you have made at CAN.


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