CB Cares EF provides a developmental compass for youth and families to promote positive values and behaviors in our community.
The framework for all CB Cares EF programs is the Search Institute’s 40 Development Assets®. These Assets serve as a resource in navigating each stage of your student’s development. CB Cares EF promotes the opportunity to build both internal and external assets through our programs, resources and community days.
Boomerang Youth Recognition Award
Established in 2004, the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award was created to recognize students who exemplify the monthly Developmental Asset during the academic school year. Parents, teachers and community members are encouraged to a nominate student who they feel best represents the monthly Asset by submitting a written nomination to the student’s building Boomerang Coordinator. Each school then submits their “building winner” for the district-wide selection process where the nominations from all 23 schools are reviewed during the CB Cares monthly judges’ breakfast consisting of community leaders and elected officials. During the breakfast the judges closely review the nominations and select one elementary, one middle school and one high school district winner. Boomerang district winners are celebrated in this publication, they also appear in the Bucks County Herald and recognized by their own school at a presentation ceremony.
In addition, CBSD seniors who are nominated and or receive a Boomerang during the school year are in the running to be selected as a possible Boomerang Scholarship recipient in May. Previous scholarship winners have been awarded up to $1,000 per student towards their college education.
Backpack Newsflash Newsletter
Each month, CB Cares publishes a newsletter that is distributed in hard copy and electronically to CB School District students, staff, and families. The “Backpack” serves as a compass with up to date information on upcoming programs, celebrated students and events in our schools and community. Backpack Newsflash topics is a great way to connect with CBSD and our community. Highlights include parenting tips, volunteer opportunities, dates for community events, Parent Positive Speaker series, youth issues and current concerns facing families. View the current Backpack Newsflash.
Youth to Community Arts Program (Y2C)
Our Y2C program showcases the talents (musical, artistic, culinary, drama, poetry) of our Central Bucks middle and high school students by offering opportunities for them to connect and perform with local businesses, organizations and at community events while they demonstrate their dedication to the arts. Click here for more information on Y2C.
The Central Bucks Parent Network is is designed to offer guidance, support, and initiatives aimed at nurturing more open communication between parents and children. This takes place in the form of discussion forums, social opportunities, educational programs, communication channels, resources and guidelines, to name a few, aimed at helping parents and youth to better understand and interact with each other and to help improve family management skills and enhance youth/parent relations while conveying a consistent message about the dangers of risky behaviors and academic success. CB Cares’ Parent Network provides parent support, resources and education through:
- Parent Education Workshops
CB Cares EF offers Home and School Associations, Parent Councils, school counselors, and other community organizations a large selection of parent education workshops, ranging from drug and alcohol issues, to stress reduction in the family, adolescence, health and wellness, technology, backpack safety, homework tips, etc. These offerings are approximately 1 hour in length and presented by professionals and agencies from our community.
- Parent Positive Speaker Series
Parent Positive is a collaboration between the CB Cares Educational Foundation, Doylestown Health, The Central Bucks Family YMCA, and the Central Bucks School District that offers a district wide speakers series around relevant parenting issues to create a venue for community conversations. http://cb-cares.org/what-we-do/parent-network/
- Parent Connections
Parent Connections is a taped television program hosted by CB Cares EF and The Central Bucks School District broadcasted on Comcast Channel 28 and Verizon Fios Channel 40. Shows take various forms, including a host-guest format, demonstrations, and round table discussions. All shows focus on parenting or youth issues and are taped at Central Bucks South High School with high school students serving as the crew. Programs are shown multiple times throughout a given month. This cable TV medium is a great way to reach many individuals who might not be able to attend some of the other CB Cares EF parenting programs. Watch our Parent Connection videos here.
- Parent Resources
Where to Turn for Help in Bucks County
Partnership for a Drug Free Kids Toolkit
Medication Drop Off Site – Take Back Drugs