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Friday, August 29, 2014

Home Visits Available to First-Time Mothers


 
First time mothers, or those who are pregnant with their first child, are invited to explore the range of home visitation services available to income-eligible women at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Participants receive free parenting tips, baby items, information about childhood health, and other topics from certified nurses or professional home visitors.  The programs combine home visits with educational outings for mother and child to help parents boost literacy levels, address health issues, and help prevent potential developmental delays.  Women who are pregnant or parenting infants, as well as those with children up to the age of three are eligible.  Mothers have the opportunity to meet regularly with other women in similar circumstances by attending monthly Mommy Parties held at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Participants receive the latest information about household safety, parenting, health and wellness, and other topics, while enjoying lunch and engaging in craft projects with their children.  While on site, mothers can also take advantage of the other programs and services available to families at the agency.  Transportation to the monthly gatherings is available to women in need.  Project Self-Sufficiency’s home visitation services are available to income-eligible residents of Sussex, Hunterdon and northern Warren Counties.  To find out more about the home visitation programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Newton Afterschool Program



Volunteers are needed to assist with the implementation of the popular Girls on the Run program at the Halsted Middle School beginning in mid-September.  The running program will be offered three days a week as part of the Project Launch Newton afterschool program, which is operated by Project Self-Sufficiency in conjunction with the Newton School District.  Project Launch Newton is an enrichment program offered to children in grades 4 – 8 who reside in the Newton School District.  Children participate in academic enrichment, creative pursuits, fitness and physical education, health and nutrition activities designed around a Science, Integration of Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) theme. 

Volunteer coaches are needed to support girls in 7th and 8th grade at the Halsted Middle School who will be participating in the Girls on the Run program.  The teams of volunteer coaches will facilitate the curriculum while providing positive role models for participating youth during the 10 – 12 week program.  To volunteer, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.  More information about the Project Launch Newton program can be found at www.projectlaunchnewton.org.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Get Back to School with Affordable Computer Classes Offered at Project Self-Sufficiency!



Project Self-Sufficiency will be offering a variety of computer classes in September, including an Introduction to Personal Computers, introductory and advanced courses in Microsoft Word and Excel, Microsoft Power Point and Outlook, QuickBooks accounting software, and courses designed specifically for seniors and for men.  All classes will take place in the agency’s Career Center, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.   The fee for each computer course is $10, the class for seniors is $25, and all of the remaining seminars are free.    Students must be registered Family Success Center or Project Self-Sufficiency participants. 

A basic Introduction to Personal Computers will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 8th – 24th, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 9th – 25th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  This introductory course is designed for first-time computer users or people with limited computer experience.  Students will learn computer basics, including the different components of the computer and the performance of simple procedures.  Fundamental keyboarding skills and a brief overview of popular software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook will also be discussed.  

Introductory and advanced classes in Microsoft Word will be held.  An introductory class in Microsoft Word will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 8th – 24th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., or on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 9th – 25th, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  An Advanced Microsoft Word course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 8th – 24th, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Students will learn word-processing techniques, including the creation of professional-looking letters, faxes, newsletters and other documents, as well as the use of mail merge features used to print mailing labels and address letters to multiple recipients.  Participation in the introductory level Microsoft Word course is required prior to registration in the advanced class.

Introductory and advanced courses in Microsoft Excel will also be offered.  Introductory Microsoft Excel classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 9th – 25th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  An advanced-level course will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 9th – 25th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Instruction will center on the creation of spreadsheets, databases and workbooks for use in tracking inventory, sorting data and creating mailing lists.  Students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rows and columns using formulas and become adept at storing, managing and interpreting data.  Students must complete the introductory level Microsoft Excel class before registration in the advanced course.

Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook will be explained in a course on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 8th – 24th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Participants are invited to learn how to manage email, set up online calendars, create custom slide shows and sophisticated presentations.

A course in QuickBooks Accounting Software will be offered on Fridays, September 12th – October 17th, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Students will learn how to organize personal or business finances, track orders and payments, generate invoices, monitor and manage expenses and produce sophisticated reports and sales forecasts. 

Seniors are invited to familiarize themselves with personal computers, learn how to use email and safely navigate the internet with “Better with Technology,” which will be offered on Fridays, September 12th – 26th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  This class is open to agency participants as well as seniors from the public.

A special Men’s Employment Lab will be offered on Wednesdays, September 10th – 24th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Participants will receive assessment testing, discuss short and long-term employment goals, obtain basic computer instruction, and assistance with resume development and job search techniques.

The agency will also offer a series of seminars during the day and evening which are designed to help participants land and succeed at new jobs.  Courses will cover “Resumes & Cover Letters”, “Interviewing Skills”, “Job Search & Networking Techniques”, “Financial Management”, “Workplace Literacy”, “Salary Negotiations”, and “Careering 102.”  Project Self-Sufficiency’s Career Center also offers help with obtaining a GED; job training for women, teens and young adults; career counseling and assessment; Job Start and Job Search services.   Interested participants are encouraged to contact the agency for a schedule.

The fee for each computer course is $10, the course for seniors is $25, and all other seminars are free.  All computer classes at the agency are open to registered Family Success Center and Project Self-Sufficiency participants.  To inquire about eligibility, or to find out more about the computer courses, seminars or career fairs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.