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United Voices for Children is a coalition of congregations, agencies, groups and individuals in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church that speaks and acts on behalf of children, youth and families in need.

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Register Now for Colors of Love Workshop

Registration is open for the Colors of Love: Raising Children in a Racially Unjust World training event coming up on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at First UMC in Elmhurst, Illinois. Register by August 22nd at the link below. The $25 fee includes lunch.

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UVC Announces Annual Awards

United Voices for Children has announced the recipients of its 2018 annual awards for outstanding advocacy and service for children and youth in Northern Illinois.  The Bishop Jesse R. Dewitt Award will be given to Deacon Wes Dorr of United Church of Rogers Park (Chicago). The Katherine B. Greene Child Worker Award goes to two recipients: Karen Klaus of First UMC Crystal Lake; and to Chana UMC. The Rev. Margaret Ann Williams Service Award will be given to Licia Knight of St. Mark UMC (Chicago).

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Fr. James Swarthout to Speak at Annual Breakfast

The Rev. James E. Swarthout will be the featured speaker at the United Voices for Children’s Annual Breakfast on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.  Fr. Jim is Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations for Rosecrance Health Network. At the Breakfast Fr. Jim will speak on “’The Art of Possibility.”

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Positive Psychology

The first step along the path of improving well-being is to identify your core signature strengths. Cross-cultural research has identified 24 character strengths in the areas of wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Some examples can include a love for learning, honesty, kindness, leadership, or even hope. By understanding and deliberately utilizing our core strengths on the different life tasks in positive psychology, we can find joy and meaning in life in a way that feels compatible with our personality and who we are.

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Signs of Addiction in Teens: When to Get Your Teen Help

More than 40 percent of American teens have tried some type of alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug, which is half of those who were presented with the opportunity — this is a staggering statistic. Rosecrance wants you to understand the signs of teen addiction, so you can seek help before it’s too late.

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A Role UVC Can Play in our Society

Child advocates have two important challenges--(1) motivating church folk to take to the streets to work with vulnerable youth and children... and (2) working with your legislators and community leaders to see that resources become available through prevention-oriented programs that will motivate these youth in becoming upstanding men and women in their communities.

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