Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Bob Pautke of LEAD Clermont.

Bob asked, “What is leadership?” The answer: “Leadership is influence” or “Observable behaviors.” Then Bob asked, “Leadership is not? The answer: “Not genetic.” Leaders are not “great by birth” or “poor by birth” but rather, leaders are developed. There is a leader inside of every one of us.

Bob shared five practices of extraordinary leadership from “The Leadership Challenge”:
  1. Model the way - Understanding the values of yourself or an organization and modeling the way
  2. Inspire a shared vision - inspire a vision a person can understand to enlist others into the vision
  3. Challenge the process - don’t just stand on the status quo but seek others to challenge the process
  4. Enable others to act - train, encourage & empower others to enable them to take action
  5. Encourage the heart - saying thank you for small and large things; every person operates from the heart

LEAD Clermont is a 21+ year old organization that came out of “The Future Agenda” and was housed within an organization called “Clermont 20/20.” The goal was to inspire a shared vision for our community through training, development and deployment. This is a 10 month program that runs from July to March. The year kicks off with an alumni grill and then a 2 day retreat. Leadership training meets once per month for a full day. They also do half-day historical leadership tours to learn about our past county leaders. Every LEAD student develops a personal leadership plan in which they invite others to observe them and hold them accountable to development.

Each class involves a leadership piece and a county piece.

  • Leaders accountability team
  • Business case
  • 5 practices and ethic
  • Speakers
  • Experiential learning

  • Economic development
  • Education, government and infrastructure
  • Health and Human Services
  • Safety and Justice
  • Quality of life

After graduation, students join the alumni association which is designed for them to take on important county projects that no one else can or will do.

Bob asked that we would submit applicants from our organization and networks. The cost is $2000 for the year. LEAD’s website is http://www.clermontchamber.com/lead-clermont.html

Next week we will be having our Pass the Gavel Breakfast.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jim Carter of Child Focus http://www.child-focus.org/.

Child Focus was established to provide comprehensive services to meet the needs of children and their families in Clermont County. They have 32 various lines of funding including federal, local mental health, medicaid, third party companies, United Way Funds, Foundations, etc. There are about 260 staff with an administrative overhead that has never been above 14% of their revenues. A neat aspect of Child Focus is that they hire a number of women who have never graduated from high school or been employed before. Currently there are 30 of these ladies. Additionally, their board members range from past and present consumers of their services, area educators, lawyers, business persons, and homemakers.

In the beginning the agency was known as the Clermont County Diagnostic Center which provided highly specialized services. Today Child Focus has a much broader scope. In 1982, Child Focus became the Head Start preschool provider for Clermont County and expanded their children’s counseling services. In 1992 Child Focus started their Foster Care program and in 2000, expanded their school-based mental health services to elementary, middle and high schools.

Their main offices are in Mr. Carmel with other offices in Brown, Warren and other counties. There are two main divisions: 

1. Early childhood (ages 0-3)
  • Head Start & Early Head Start (400+ in poverty and eligible)
  • Help Me Grow
  • Child Care & Preschool
  • Kindergarten Enrichment & Extended Day
  • Summer Programming: Discovery Days

2. Behavioral Health Services
  • The critical tasks of CFI’s mental health services include promoting healthy relationships and improving children’s behavioral and emotional functioning, thus drastically increasing the likelihood of their future success in school and in life.
  • Outpatient Therapy (Talk & Play Therapies)
  • Case Management Services
  • Crisis intervention & Counseling

When Jim joined Child Focus, the autism diagnosis spectrum was 1 in 15 million children, and today it has grown to 1 in 15 children! Children Pre-K (ages 0-4) are expelled from their program at a rate of more than 3 times that of children in all grades K-12. There are a tremendous amount of uncontrollable behavioral issues in these children. 48% of children in the United States are born to unwed mothers. Many of these children are delayed mentally, are obese and are more likely to be drug dependent and end up in juvenile court.

Next week we will be preparing for our golf outing.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

 Today we heard from Sheila Hinton who is the Executive Director at the Batavia YMCA. 

Sheila began by pointing out that many kids belong to hard-working families who want to protect them and will often keep them indoors everyday while they work. There are so many benefits to getting kids outdoors and exercising. YMCA summer camps work hard to help families and children.

The Y helps in so many ways including education, supporting youth development and fostering health and wellness. They strive to alleviate the summer learning loss through a program called DEAR...Drop Everything And Read. This is a time where everyone stops and reads for a period of time every day. They also do critical thinking worksheets just to keep their minds active.  Kids get a chance to participate in academically-aligned activities, learn to swim and play new sports. Children get to have fun while they are learning. 

During the school year the Y does a Fun to Be Fit Program that works with doctors at Children's Hospital to help overweight kids get fit. Sheila told us that 1/3 of all US adults and 1/5 of all US children are obese. They also have a Passport Program where students earn stamps for accomplishing all sorts of things during the summer such as making healthy choices, learning to play an instrument, carrying out community service and so much more.

Sheila closed her talk by telling us they need help feeding children this summer. For the last 3 years, the Y provided a hot lunch for kids through a partnership with New Richmond Schools and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. New Richmond Schools became unable to deliver the lunches due to licensing issues. Sheila discovered that the only caterer in our area with the proper licenses is Golden Rule Catering in Amelia, and this caterer will be supplying lunches this year. Next year, the Y will be acquiring the proper licenses to get a full grant from the Ohio Department of Education. However, they need help from the community to fund this year's efforts. 

Want to help? This summer, the need is $10,000. The breakdown is $200 per day, 5 days per week for 10 weeks. Contact Sheila Hinton... shinton@cincinnatiymca.orgYou can be a part of keeping kids healthy, prepared and ready to succeed when they return to school this fall.