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GNLI committee to kick off Save Our Seniors project

The Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute's Basic Needs Committee will kick off its Save Our Seniors project on Feb. 27 at the Lawrenceville Housing Authority.

When assessing the basic needs in the community, the team identified seniors, on fixed incomes, who are frequently unable to afford the most basic, yet common items such as toilet paper, household cleaners, denture cleansers and other personal care items. Both individuals and the business community helped the SOS team items to be donated to more than 70 seniors living in the Lawrenceville Housing Authority.

The kickoff will be attended by representatives from GNLI, Executive Director of the Gwinnett Village CID, Chuck Warbington, State Senator Curt Thompson and seniors in the housing authority who will be formerly presented with the items collected.

This is an ongoing project, so if you would like to donate paper products, household cleaners and personal items, call Jay Trevari at 770 209-4406, and a time can be scheduled for someone pick up the items.

GNLI team to teach course on finances

The Economic and Financial Stability Project team of the GNLI class of 2010 has partnered with Gwinnett Village Community Alliance (GVCA) to develop and implement a one-hour course to teach students in the eighth and ninth grades the basics of money management. The GVCA works in tandem with the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District to foster collaborative programs that benefit the area's schools, residents and businesses.

This course includes a facilitator packet, student handouts and a DVD of the pilot program which can be distributed and taught in a variety of educational settings where young people have a need to understand the basics of money management.

The first course will be part of the core curriculum during Gwinnett Village's Financial Service Center summer youth education series which is scheduled to start in the summer of 2010.

This year's GNLI project team members include Melanie Jones, Rhonda Streat, Deborah Thornton, Regina Vella and Judy Yi. Kerry Mitchell from GNLI Class of 2008 served as this year's project team mentor.

If you would more information about the program, call Deborah Thornton at 678-765-7620.

Forum to help with prevention of elder abuse

Have you or someone you know been the victim of elder abuse? Do you know what to do if you suspect that you or someone you love is a victim of elder abuse? Do you know the most common forms of elder abuse, or how to get help?

You can learn more about preventing elder abuse by attending a free informational seminar on elder abuse prevention sponsored by Gwinnett Alliance Against Senior Citizen Abuse (GAASCA) in partnership with the Gwinnett Council for Seniors.

GAASCA was initiated by Carmen Ashley, Robert Byars, Adolfo Trana and Dr. LaTasha McKenzie Mack, members of the Class of 2010 of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute (GNLI). The seminar, the first of its kind in Gwinnett County, will be held Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Norcross Cultural & Arts Center located at 10 College St. in Norcross. Light refreshments are complimentary. Elders, their caregivers, their families, and elder care professionals are invited to attend.

RSVP by calling the Gwinnett Council for Seniors at 770-822-5147.

Program to help student behavior

A program providing an interactive workshop for students on topics such as, "Community Connections," "More Alike than Different?," "Teen Dating Violence" and "Safety and Empowerment" is being held to better enable students to make positive behavioral choices and become productive citizens.

The methodology adopted is to develop a quality sustainable project through "Train the Trainer" approach. This would help teachers, stakeholders, to provide similar workshops in the future. The workshop will be held at the GIVE center East on Tuesday.

The project was initiated by the education group of the GNLI class of 2010. The group includes Denton Elkins, Chris Robertson, Katrina Parker, Sharon Sequeira and mentor Candace Jordon.

For more information, call Sharon Squeira at 678-777-8892.

Sen. Unterman to speak at health symposium

The HEAL Project, a mental health symposium sponsored by community advocates with the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, will address issues that are affecting so many — depression, stress, suicide, crisis situations.

The symposium will be held Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

State senator Renee Unterman will speak, followed by a panel discussion of healthcare professionals from various local agencies. Lunch will be provided, followed by a second panel discussion for practical solutions and self-help procedures.

HEAL team members are Aysha Cooper, Dirrick Givens, Jacinta Kirksey, Adrienne Noble and Sandi Porter.

For more information, e-mail Jacinta Kirksey at jacintakirksey@gmail.com or call 678-499-6512.

Gwinnett Helpline gets new Web site

Gwinnett Helpline's new Web site will provide user-friendly and up-to-date information for those in need and for those with time/resources to share. Access to the Gwinnett Helpline is at www.gwinnetthelpline.org

Through a collaborative effort with the community engagement team of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute and the Gwinnett Helpline, an information and resource service of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, a new comprehensive site will be launched March 1 to provide Gwinnett County residents with needed resources combined with opportunities to get involved in their local community.

This site will provide simple, easy to use and relevant information for all Gwinnett residents. The new Web site will include information on various needs, along with donation and volunteer opportunities.

GNL community engagement team members are Robin Rayner, Sudhir Sohani, Marion Kriwanek and Suzy Bus.