• Promoting Health, Safety and Well Being

    • Adult and Pediatric First Aid
      This workshop is an 8-hour training session for parents and teachers to become certified in CPR and First Aid. The course content includes adult, child, and infant choking, first aid, and CPR certification. Participants will learn about the techniques and procedures of CPR and First Aid, practice on a dummy, and then demonstrate what they have learned through a test at the end of the session. Those who pass the test will be certified in CPR and First Aid.

    • Amerigroup Cares About Your Health
      Amerigroup health educators teach workshop participants to adopt healthy behaviors by using interactive health activities, educational materials and health-related giveaways. Topics offered include:

      • Family Health
        Learn to manage your family's health by avoiding the spread of germs that make you sick and learning how
        to talk properly with your doctor.
        • Asthma
        • Germ Prevention   
        • Oral Health   
        • Well- Adolescent   
        • Well-Child 
        • Taking Control of Your Health
      • Women's Health
        Tips for women to take control of their health before, during and after pregnancy.
        • Breast Cancer
        • Care for New Moms

      • Family Safety
        Discuss how to keep your family safe at home and in your community.
        • Community Safety  
        • Home Safety
        • Pedestrian Safety

      • Healthy Lifestyle
        Learn how to build healthy meals and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
        • Nutrition
        • Obesity
        • Physical Activity

    • Are You Smarter Than a Smart Phone: How You Use Technology and How Technology Uses You
      The House of Ruth Maryland presents a workshop that will discuss the definition of technology abuse. Parents will be given ways to protect themselves and their child(ren) when on-line and when using other forms of technology. Parents will also be given suggested safe responses for handling technology abuse.  

    • Better Breathing for Baltimore!
      According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, asthma-related illnesses are the number one reasons children are absent from school and the biggest cause of childhood emergency room visits. The University of Maryland Children's Hospital (UMCH) wants to help you and your family reverse this trend. Join UMCH for this workshop which will help you learn how to manage your child's asthma.

    • Bullying and Cyber-bullying
      What are the pressures that our kids are facing in and out of school? What can you do in order to address the needs of a child who is being bullied or the needs of a child who is a bully? What is cyber-bullying and how do you know it is happening? Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC) presents a workshop that teaches parents what they can do to resolve these common issues.

    • Bullying Stops Here! A Community Approach
      This 90 minute workshop presented by Inspiring Change Mental Health Services will focus on the various aspects of bullying and its effects on a child’s emotional and social development. Several types of bullying will be highlighted including physical, emotional, relational aggression and cyber bullying. Attendees will be made knowledgeable of Baltimore City Public School's policy on bullying and harassment. Additionally, the workshop will provide insight on the difference between genders as it relates to bullying behavior as well as highlighting family and discipline factors that may contribute to bullying behavior. Intervention and prevention strategies for both home and school will be outlined. 

    • CPR and First Aid Certification
      This workshop is an 8-hour training session for parents and teachers to become certified in CPR and First Aid. The course content includes adult, child, and infant choking, first aid, and CPR certification. Participants will learn about the techniques and procedures of CPR and First Aid, practice on a dummy, and then demonstrate what they have learned through a test at the end of the session. Those who pass the test will be certified in CPR and First Aid.

    • Don't Burn Out, Ignite! 
      This workshop presented by Victorious Attitudes for Everyday Life, Inc. (VAEL), aids individuals in dealing with burnout. Participants will learn effective coping strategies to deal with burnout on the job. Participants will also learn to identify what burnout looks like, identify stressors that cause burnout and identify strategies to cope when burnout occurs and learn strategies to keep burnout at bay. 

    • ESOL—Help, I don’t understand this country! 
      As families transition from one country to another, there is a lot to learn about what look out for and how to make the move successful. Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC) presents a workshop that will provide parents with information about ESOL programs, supports, and common issues ELL families face.

    • Food for Focus
      Food for Focus teaches families to cook once but eat twice! This five-week series assists families in meal planning and including more fruit, vegetables and grains into their diet. Families also leave with great recipes and learn about the benefits of exercise. 

    • Gang Awareness and Intervention
      This presentation is designed to inform participants about how to best protect young people from criminal gangs. The presentation includes: brief history of gangs; identifies gangs operating in Maryland; suggests prevention and intervention strategies’ and provides gang prevention and intervention resources. 

    • Getting More Fruits and Vegetables into Your Family's Diet 
      University of Maryland Extension presents a series of presentations on family nutrition with a focus on discovering ways to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in our diets. The initial meetings will reinforce core nutritional concepts including MyPyramid (previously called the food pyramid) and family meal planning on a budget. As we move through the seasons, participants will learn easy tips for incorporating healthier food including fruits and vegetables into their diets in new and interesting ways. Within each meeting, participants will participate in a food, cooking and/or gardening demonstration and will be given additional resources to take home including recipes, nutritional handouts, booklets and gardening resources.

    • Giving a Fish a Bath: The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind
      This workshop presented by The Upside Down Organization will focus on the recent discoveries in neuroscience that shows how the brains of teens really work and the special “brain-based” challenges facing adolescents as they mature. You will learn the inside secrets of the teenage brain and be able to boost your skills in teaching, guiding, mentoring and motivating the teen mind. 

    • Green Cleaning Gathering
      Baltimore City Health Department’s Healthy Homes program presents a workshop to teach you how to clean your home and get rid of unwanted pests without using toxic chemicals that can harm you and your family.  This practical workshop takes participants through the process of making their own green cleaning solutions and demonstrating their effectiveness compared to commercial cleaners.  Non-toxic methods for getting rid of pests are also demonstrated and explained.  Incentives and door prizes related to green cleaning and safe pest management will be given. 

    • Healthy Eating, Healthy Living 
      University of Maryland Extensions Program presents a series of four (4) FREE weekly adult mini-workshops on healthy eating and healthy living. Learn the real scoop on what healthy eating is really about and how to apply good nutrition practices to a hectic modern lifestyle. Come join us as we look at food labels, learn to build strong bones and go lean with protein! 
      *There will be LIVE FOOD DEMONSTRATIONS! *
    • Home Safety Gathering
      Baltimore City Health Department’s Healthy Homes program presents a fun, hands-on workshop that focuses on ways to keep your family safe from in-home environmental hazards. Discussion topics include lead, fire hazards, and injury prevention. Childhood development is also included as a way to understand the effects of lead poisoning.  Incentives and door prizes related to environmental health provide the tools to carry out the recommendations included in this gathering.

    • I'm Scared For My Teen: Talking to Your Teen About Dating Violence
      This workshop presented by The House of Ruth Maryland will help parents in recognizing the warning signs of teen dating abuse from the perspective of both the victim and potential abusers. Some of the topics that will be discussed include: how to build healthy relationships and ending unhealthy relationships with safety in mind. 
    • Improving Well-Being: How Families can Access and Benefit from the Federal Nutrition Programs
      Maryland Hunger Solutions presents a workshop that will provide attendees with an overview of all the federal nutrition programs -- Food Supplement Program (known as SNAP nationally and formerly called Food Stamps), WIC, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program, and the Summer Food Service Program. Attendees will not only learn about these federal programs, but will also learn if they and their children qualify for the federal benefits and how to access them.
    • Improving Student Nutrition – Healthy Eating and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA)
      Maryland Hunger Solutions presents a workshop that will provide attendees with an overview of the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization, also known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). HHFKA will change the ways that various federal nutrition programs – including school breakfast and lunch – are administered and served in the coming school years. Attendees will learn what changes to expect in their children’s breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meal choices. Additionally, to improve childhood nutrition and reduce obesity, attendees will learn about healthy food options on limited budgets and incorporating the federal nutrition recommendations in their own kitchens.  
    • Jack's Brain, Jill's Brain: Why Gender Differences Matter
      The Upside Down Organization presents a workshop on how the brains of females and males are developmentally, structurally and functionally different.

    • Keeping Your Children Safe: Tips on Preventing Child Abuse in Your Family
      This presentation by the Baltimore Child Abuse Center will provide parents/caregivers with the facts about child abuse, signs of child abuse and information on how to protect children from being victimized. 
    • Parent Stress Reduction Series
      Presented by Holistic Life Foundation, Inc., parents will be taught a combination of breathing techniques, stretches, centering exercises, acupressure, tai-chi, and meditations, as tools to effectively reduce stress in their lives.  Parents will learn to identify the stressors in their lives, as well as how they physically and mentally respond to stress.  This will help them to properly recognize when to utilize these stress reduction techniques. Ways to integrate these stress reduction tools into their home-lives will also be taught, as well as activities that can be practiced by the entire family to reduce the overall stress level of their homes. 
    • Parenting Your Adolescent: Communicating, Connecting & Accepting
      Parenting an adolescent can be challenging and frustrating, but it can also be enjoyable and fulfilling. Join Loyola Clinical Centers as they discuss:  Common myths about adolescents, effective ideas and strategies to help you communicate, and ways to connect with your teen in order to build stronger, healthier relationships. 
    • Project POWER!
      Presented by the American Diabetes Association, this four-week series of workshops will help families live healthier, more active lives while learning how to avoid one of the greatest urban health risks: type II diabetes. Project POWER is a series of fun, interactive workshops that combines fitness activities with valuable information on how to avoid and cope with the disease.

    • Promoting Positive Self-Image and Esteem in Our Children
      Victorious Attitudes for Everyday Life, Inc. (VAEL) presents a 60 minute, 90 minute or 2 hour workshop that provides participants with a quantitative and qualitative overview of outcomes that highlight the impact positive self-image and esteem have on developing a holistically (academically, physically, socially, mentally) well balanced child. Participants will also receive innovative tools and resources to help them promote positive self-image and esteem for themselves and their child(ren). 
    • Promoting Social-Emotional Competence: Protecting Children from Bullying (Online course)
      As adults who care about and for children, you know that bullying causes children great pain and suffering. Whether children are victims, bystanders, or bullies, bullying behaviors hurt. The good news is that we can help. One of the best ways to prevent and address bullying is to enhance social-emotional competence, which helps children to get along with each other, feel good about themselves, problem solve, resolve conflicts effectively, and manage emotions. Social-emotional competence now helps children grow into tomorrow’s healthy, happy, and successful adults.

      Mariposa Child Success Programs has developed an online anti-bullying program for Baltimore City Schools’ families and educators, “Promoting Social-Emotional Competence: Protecting Your Child from Bullying.” This online workshop combines education with strategies, allowing educators and families to develop specialized methods for decreasing bullying and improving child outcomes.

      The online program includes a parent track and an educator track. Each track provides an introduction to bullying, explores the importance of social-emotional competence, outlines five essential skills adults can use to promote social-emotional competence in young people, and offers specific training methods to effectively use each of those five skills.
    • Protect This Child: Bullying, Teasing and Social Exclusion
      Bullying is a concern for parents everywhere. It is under-reported by children and under-recognized by adults. There are a number of misperceptions associated with bullying, such as the idea that it is a part of growing up or that the victims somehow cause the bullying. Learn how to help the children in your life overcome the bullying dynamic, whether they are being bullied, a bystander to bullying, or being tempted to engage in bullying themselves. This 90 minute workshop is presented by Mariposa Child Success Programs.

    • "Push Until Something Happens" (P.U.S.H.)-Gang Prevention and Intervention Workshop
      Since their inception, gangs have spread throughout the nation like wildfire. Their effects and impact on communities across the country have been devastating and continue to be felt. While communities are being impacted, schools have become breeding grounds for recruitment and influence. T.A.G Gang Prevention & Intervention Workshop seeks to explore & educate Baltimore residents on the effects gangs have made locally and how to push for change. The workshop will identify the gang culture’s appeal with today’s youth, and its impact on schools and the community. Participants will also receive an introduction to gang culture, which includes their behaviors, dress, signs & symbols, and their history in Baltimore city. Real life experiences & anecdotes will be utilized by the facilitator to adequately prepare participants on successful intervention and prevention strategies. 

    • Putting out the Welcome Mat: Partnering with Local Homeless Shelters to Improve School Attendance and Support Families
      Homelessness is a barrier to every day attendance, family involvement and academic achievement. A vast number of students call temporary shelters home, missing multiple days of school due to transition. It All Adds up to Five presents a workshop that will teach participants how they can partner with local homeless shelter coordinators to better serve their shelter families. Participants will discover how they can go the extra mile to partner with neighborhood faith based organizations to provide after shelter support for families challenged by homelessness.

    • Sexuality and Teens
      As children grow and hormones take over, parents need to have open conversations with teens about the prevention of teen pregnancy, diseases, and to increase self-esteem. Many parents, however, have a hard time bringing up this delicate issue and/or are unsure what to say. Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC) presents a workshop that will teach parents strategies for starting a positive conversation with their teen to prevent difficult situations later on.

    • Taking Charge of Asthma
      Taking Charge of Asthma is an interactive workshop for anyone concerned about children with asthma. Some of the topics include: asthma symptoms and prevention, how to cope in crises and how to reduce asthma triggers in your home.

    • The Effects of Media on Our Children
      This two (2) hour workshop presented by Victorious Attitudes for Everyday Life, Inc. (VAEL), will explore the world of media (Print, TV, Radio, Internet and other technical devices) and how its strong images influence the attitudes, self-image and esteem and culture of our children. Understanding that media is a powerful teaching tool, participants will develop basic media literacy skills to assist them in taking back control by monitoring and filtering media content that influences their children.  

    • The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development
      Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Adolescent Health presents a customizable training session consisting of five modules that ranges from 2 – 8 hours long. This training aims to provide participants with an overview of adolescent development including brain development. Trainers will highlight the unevenness of adolescent development and focus on the active role that adults need to play in adolescent development. Participants will also learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy strategies to support adolescent development particularly, communication strategies. The training session consists of the following modules:

      • Cognitive Development
      Brain and cognitive development are profoundly important for the transition from childhood to adulthood. This training explains biological changes that are happening in the brain and links these changes to adolescent thinking and behavior. Topics of focus include adolescent risk taking and decision making, including the role that adults can play in supporting healthy teen decision making. Participants practice using interactive communication skills to help an adolescent think through a decision. 

      • Social and Emotional Development
      During adolescence teens are becoming more aware of their feelings and those of others. Trainers outline the components of social and emotional development, including the role adults and peers play. Key topics include recognizing and labeling emotions, empathy building, and peer relationships. Participants build their active listening skills during a role play activity. 

      • Identity Formation
      Identity exploration and formation is a significant part of adolescence. This training discusses self-concept and self-esteem in the context of teens trying on new identities. Participants are introduced to strategies that allow them to positively support this aspect of development. They practice a relaxation strategy to use while talking with adolescents, in order to create a safe place for conversations. 

      • Physical Development
      An in depths look at puberty and how adults can help teens navigate these changes. Trainers build on what participants know from having experienced these changes themselves. Participants discuss strategies to support early and late bloomers and teens whose physical development is out of sync with other aspects of development. Highlighted themes include nutrition, sleep, and exercise. A skill building activity helps participants make conversations a part of everyday life. 

      • Sexuality and Intimacy
      This aspect of adolescent development isn’t just about sex; it includes building healthy, caring, respectful relationships. Trainers and participants discuss how to help teens become sexually healthy adults, specifically through the use of strategies that facilitate open communication. Participants gain practice in preparing for conversations.

    • The Saddest Song: Teens, Suicide and the Developing Brain
      Presented by The Upside Down Organization; this workshop will introduce parents to the research showing how the adolescent brain develops and functions as it relates to depression and suicidal behavior.
    • Train Up A Child
      During this workshop, health specialists from the American Diabetes Association teach families how to live healthy lifestyles that minimize children's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 
    • Trouble Letting G Understanding Addiction and the Developing Brain
      Upside Down Organization presents a workshop where parents will learn why teens and adolescents are more sensitive and more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, nicotine, and drugs than are adults. This workshop will examine why this vulnerability exists and will provide concrete methods on both prevention and intervention after use. In addition, the process of addiction in the brain is examined with implications for changing addictive behaviors in teens and adolescents.

    • Rethinking Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): What Works, What Doesn't and Why
      Children and youth with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have unique brains. Like all brains, ADHD minds have strengths and weaknesses. In this workshop presented by The Upside Down Organization, you will learn the twelve(12) power tools for maximizing the strengths and minimizing the contextual weaknesses of the ADHD brain.

    • What Are Your Children Doing Online?
      The Internet can take our children on a trip around the world. It can also expose them to a new world of dangers. How can parents learn to recognize the dangers and steer their children to positive online activities? Many parents mistakenly think their children are so advanced with technology that they could never exert real authority over their online activities. The Center for Community Technology Services (CCTS) presents a workshop that engages and empowers parents through discussions, videos, scripts, tip sheets, links to resources and academic supports and if a computer lab is available, hands-experiences. It can be customized for parents of children in grades K-5 or middle school and above. Topics include:
      • Online predators
      • Online bullying
      • Monitoring online activities and Setting limits
      • Understanding Social Media
      • Safe searching and research techniques
      • Supporting academic success with online homework resources

    • Working With Your Landlord
      Baltimore City Health Department’s Healthy Homes program presents a roundtable discussion focusing on the responsibilities and rights of tenants and landlords, and attempts to dispel some common myths.  Tenants will learn how to use Notices of Defect to get structural repairs made, and when and how to use Rent Escrow.