10 Reasons You Should Love Blogging

  • By Frank Reyes
  • 21 Feb, 2017

Blog posts are a great way to get recognized within your community and share your voice. Here are the top 10 reasons you should love writing blog posts.

Anyone can make one:
For better or worse, anyone can write a blog post about anything they want. Everyone has a voice and the best voices will rise to the top.

The writer can show their personality:
In blog posts, the writer has more leeway to add in their voice and personality than other types of writing.

Blogs are a great form of mass communication:
You can help people, learn new things, entertain your audience—the possibilities are endless and amazing. Blogging opens up all of these to a very wide audience.

You can make money:

Get the right blog going and you can make a lot of money through advertising and sponsored posts.

It allows people to craft better thoughts:
Instead of reading haphazard, uneducated Facebook statuses, it’s much better to see people’s thought process in a well-written blog post.

You can establish a community:
Blogging allows you to connect with other individuals who share the same interests. Sharing ideas and opinions within your community helps establish yourself as a thought leader.

Good for SEO:
Keeping content on your site fresh and relevant, you can use your blog to boost the search engine ranking (SEO) of your site and your business.

It brings people back to your site:

If your blog is strong enough and updated regularly, people will come back looking for more and bring traffic back to your site as well.

It’s free:
It costs you a grand total of zero dollars to post to the blog, so if you have something to say, there’s nothing to stop you.

You can establish yourself as a thought leader:

A blog is a great place for your original thoughts, and it can be a wonderful way to show off your individuality. If people like your ideas, you can become a thought leader in your industry!

What else do you love about blogs? Let me know!
By Frank Reyes 30 Aug, 2017

For confidentiality purposes family names have been altered.

 

The Nava family consists of Ms. Nava and her three children: Charlie (18), Matty (11) and Jon (7). 

     The Nava family came to the attention of DCFS, due to a domestic violence incident between Mr. Nava and his wife, which included their oldest son, Charlie.   During the incident, Mr. Nava physically attacked his wife, and subsequently punched his son, Charlie, in the face when minor intervened.  Minor was left unconscious.

     Once DCFS investigated said case, it was found that there was a long history of severe and sustained domestic abuse by Mr. Nava against his wife, minors all being exposed to this abuse.

     Mr. Nava was asked to vacate the household and a restraining order was placed on him.  

     IHOC (In-Home Outreach Counselor)(employee of Club) found family to be under lots of stress, both emotional and economic, now that there was one less income.  Ms. Nava appeared to be mildly depressed and overwhelmed, and all three children were sad, confused and uncertain.  Charlie was failing his classes in his senior year, Matty was very behind in her reading and overall academics, and Jon had behavioral issues in his classroom.  

     IHOC commenced by referring all three children to Pacific Clinics for individual therapy services.  Minors were asked to be seen at their school, in order to minimize inconsistency with attendance.  Ms. Nava was referred to EVBGC for individual therapy (transportation offered, since she does not drive).  She was provided with a link to Wings for domestic violence group, but due to her very long work hours (housekeeping work) this was not possible.  Hence, it was decided at MCPC that domestic violence topics would be extensively addressed in individual therapy (licensed therapist), as well as with IHOC.  This was the first time any family member had ever received therapeutic services.  

     IHOC provided Ms. Nava with a written request to commence IEP services for Matty, since minor had been displaying poor academic performance for the past few years.   IHOC addressed with Jon's therapist minor's history of family violence and the need to address his disruptive behavior in class.  

      IHOC assisted Ms. Nava in acquiring police report of the incident and provided her with information to the Immigration Center for Women and Children, which commenced the process for her and Charlie to become United States residents, through VAWA.  EVBGC assisted family with initial appointment fee, as well as subsequent case fees.  IHOC also assisted Ms. Nava with child support procedure through the District Attorney.  Auxiliary funds were also accessed, as family was assisted with three month's rent totaling $2,700, dinette set and a chest of drawers. This economic assistance reduced the economic stressors affecting Ms. Nava, allowing her to reevaluate her current employment options with more clarity.

     Family was also provided with a list of food banks in the area in case the need arose.  Funds were also made available to assist minors with fees to enroll in sporting activities.  Transportation was made available to this family for court issues, mental health, as well as MCPC's, and some doctor's appointments.  

     As time progressed, Ms. Nava became more aware of her strengths and ability and was able to differentiate between a life filled with stressors and violence, and one of peaceful coexistence, where she was more able to implement household rules and expectations.  

     Ms. Nava's decision making skills improved, which had a calming effect on the children.  Charlie was able to graduate for Azusa H.S., is employed part time, and looking into Citrus Community College.  Matty improved her grades, and is still being monitored for further needs, and Jon's overall behavior at school has improved from being overly aggressive, to being perhaps overly playful.

     Minors have addressed in therapy missing their father, since Mr. Nava has not made any efforts to reconnect with his children.  Matty made the following statement: "I think my father is like a book.  You can read it over and over and it never changes."    
By Frank Reyes 30 Aug, 2017
The Family Preservation Program [FPP] is a strength-based, collaborative program aimed at helping families to identify and build upon existing strengths; resolve problems causing child safety concerns; advocate for their children at school and in other public settings; and expand, or establish for the first time, the family’s connection to resources and supports in the local community. One of the primary goals of the FPP is increased self sufficiency within the family and a reduced reliance upon public agency intervention.

When DCFS and the family come to the table at the initial Multi-Disciplinary Case Planning Committee [MCPC] meeting to develop the MCPC case plan, representatives from community service agencies are also present. The Family Preservation Program’s MCPC meetings serve as a continuation of the strength-based process initiated at the Team Decision Making meeting held during the early stages of DCFS intervention. Together, a new vision is created with and for the family during the MCPC meeting; goals are set and the foundation for the relationship between the family and this multi- dimensional support team is laid.

The FPP is, for many DCFS families, an essential component of successful reunification of children with their families. The program may be initiated several months prior to children returning home as a way of smoothing the transition, putting needed supports in place, and helping the family to prepare for their reunion. FPP support services are offered from 6 months to 12 months, or more, after the children are reunified, depending upon the family’s individual needs.

If you would like to read more about this program, CLICK HERE.

By Frank Reyes 21 Feb, 2017
We would like to start off by wishing all of our families, partners and communities we serve a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!

As we start a new year here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley we are all excited to see what 2017 has in store. In 2016 we experienced a growth not only in membership, but with the addition of three new club sites to our family. The first new addition was our site in La Puente (Boys & Girls Club of La Puente). This came about in a pre-merger management agreement with the East Valley Boys & Girls Club (EVBGC). After a process of around 18 months, EVBGC completed the merger with West San Gabriel Valley and joined the family in July. The Boys & Girls Club of Estrada Courts was the third site opened (the second site in partnership with the Housing Authority of Los Angeles).

We held many exciting events, provided much needed programming to over 2,000 youth and brought many new programs to our Club sites.

Keep checking back from time to time for more updates, program information, events, etc.
By Frank Reyes 21 Feb, 2017
Anyone can make one:
For better or worse, anyone can write a blog post about anything they want. Everyone has a voice and the best voices will rise to the top.

The writer can show their personality:
In blog posts, the writer has more leeway to add in their voice and personality than other types of writing.

Blogs are a great form of mass communication:
You can help people, learn new things, entertain your audience—the possibilities are endless and amazing. Blogging opens up all of these to a very wide audience.

You can make money:

Get the right blog going and you can make a lot of money through advertising and sponsored posts.

It allows people to craft better thoughts:
Instead of reading haphazard, uneducated Facebook statuses, it’s much better to see people’s thought process in a well-written blog post.

You can establish a community:
Blogging allows you to connect with other individuals who share the same interests. Sharing ideas and opinions within your community helps establish yourself as a thought leader.

Good for SEO:
Keeping content on your site fresh and relevant, you can use your blog to boost the search engine ranking (SEO) of your site and your business.

It brings people back to your site:

If your blog is strong enough and updated regularly, people will come back looking for more and bring traffic back to your site as well.

It’s free:
It costs you a grand total of zero dollars to post to the blog, so if you have something to say, there’s nothing to stop you.

You can establish yourself as a thought leader:

A blog is a great place for your original thoughts, and it can be a wonderful way to show off your individuality. If people like your ideas, you can become a thought leader in your industry!

What else do you love about blogs? Let me know!
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