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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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Sweata Weatha!



It's almost October birthday season, when so many CAN folks celebrate! (Are Libras drawn to helping professions?) - send them lots of love this month <3

  • Tyla Tolbert, Associate Director of Bryant Educational Programs- October 2

  • Lydia Johnson, Bryant Program Assistant- October 2

  • Louey Guillen, Deputy Director- October 11

  • Devyn Kadlec, AmeriCorps VISTA- October 12

  • Valerie Muthuswami, Director of Volunteers- October 17

  • Madelynn Mileski, Creekside Court Program Assistant- October 17

  • Spirit Dorsey, Bryant Program Assistant- October 17

  • Klay Krogol, AmeriCorps VISTA- October 18

  • Krystal Steward, Environmental Sustainability Senior Outreach Specialist- October 19

  • Katie Lampen, Director of Operations- October 22

  • Nimsi Paavo, Environmental Sustainability Outreach Specialist- October 22

  • Summer Eubank, Green Baxter Court Program Assistant- October 30


Upcoming Events-

  • October 5 - AAPS Student Count Day

    • We always encourage students to attend school as much as possible, but really emphasize the importance of attendance for this day

  • October 17-18 - UM Fall Study Break

    • Please let your supervisor know if you plan to work or not on these days in advance so they can determine if they have enough staff to operate ASP

  • October 20 - AAPS Early Release Date

    • ASP may be closed at your location, make sure to connect with your supervisor for your site-specific details

  • October 27 - LCS Half-Day

    • Please connect with Kayla to determine whether ASP will be open or closed this day

  • November 8 - AAPS & EMU Closed, No School

    • ASP will likely be closed for Ann Arbor-based locations, please connect with your supervisor to determine whether ASP is closed this day

  • November 23-25 - CAN Closed

    • ASP will likely be closed November 21-22, please connect with your supervisor to confirm (CAN is still open Monday & Tuesday)

    • All of CAN will be closed Wednesday-Friday

  • November 30 - AAPS Early Release

    • ASP may be closed at your location, make sure to connect with your supervisor for your site-specific details

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

  • October 4, 12pm - Management Meeting / In-Person (with a virtual opt-in) @ Brick Community Center

  • October 11, 12pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • October 18, 12pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • October 25 - Meeting Off Week

*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).


Accessing CAN Materials-


Tips & Tidbits

If you have access to HBO, I HIGHLY recommend watching Brené Brown's "Atlas of the Heart" series - specifically "Places We Go With Others - And the Framework For Meaningful Connections"

The emphasis of this episode is on how to practice empathy while maintaining healthy boundaries. In our profession, it can be so easy to take home the pain and trauma our families are experiencing and this is a great reminder for ways we can meet our families where they need to be met while also not enmeshing our own emotions.


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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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