Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Podcast for Latino Families

Two pediatricians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have started a podcast for Latino families. The show is called “Las Doctoras Recomiendan” with weekly episodes in Spanish with topics ranging from obesity prevention to recognizing abusive relationships and gang violence, to how to talk to your children about discrimination and racism. They also address issues like disciplining children with cultural sensitivity. The past podcasts can be accessed for free here:

Here is the link to the podcast:

Refugee Handmade Superhero Capes Donated to Children with Disabilities:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Caping for toddlers
5:30-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Caping for children age 7-12
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Courage League Sports
4405 121st St.
Urbandale, IA

Six young refugee women , ages 16-20, participated in EMBARC’s summer long Community Fabric Project, which uses sewing to empower, engage and increase opportunities. All the girls grew up in refugee camps and spoke no English before resettling in Iowa during the past five years. Through the Community Fabric Project they improved their English, math, financial literacy, and leadership skills, as they learned how to sew superhero capes specifically for Courage League Sports’ Kids Superhero Program.

The Community Fabric Project was supported by EMBARC’s Youth Employment Program which was sponsored by DMACC, United Way and Central Iowa Works.

Local Exhibit

Creating awareness of children of the incarcerated, the exhibit “Confliction” by local photographer Ben Easter features portraits of Iowa children whose parents are incarcerated. The photos and videos arose from a collaboration with Jolene Pfaff and Joy DeSomber who compiled stories written by the children for the book “What Did I do?” The exhibit is open Saturday, September 14th, and Sunday, September 15th, in the old Polk County Jail (110 6th Ave., Des Moines). The exhibit travels to Paris next month. Click here for exhibit details.

First Focus: Budget & Policy Decisions

First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions, recently compiled a list of budget and policy decisions that affect children. Children’s Budget 2013 found that federal investments in children have been down three years in a row. The in-depth analysis found that less than 8 percent of the United States’ federal budget is invested in children and that since 2010, total spending on children has dropped by nearly $55 billion. According to First Focus, The House’s 2014 budget is already slated to scale back on issues that greatly affect children. More here.

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