Meet WORD’s new executive director!
Suzin Kratina has experience bringing together professionals and community members to collaborate on issues important to women, youth, and families. She comes to WORD from Montana GEAR UP as the Senior Project Director, and from the YWCA Missoula where she was the director of a supervised visitation center for families who had experienced domestic violence. Suzin also spent 3 terms with AmeriCorps in Miles City and Missoula, starting a community computer lab in Miles City, and working as a Family Resource Specialist with WORD in Missoula Public Schools. Finally, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she supported literacy opportunities and training for families, and education for professionals. Suzin has a BS in Film & TV from MSU Bozeman, and earned her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from UM. Suzin and her husband Mike have two daughters. Welcome back to WORD, Suzin! We’re thrilled you’re here!!
Save the date for WORD’s first annual 30 Years Strong Benefit Luncheon celebrating 30 years of empowering women and strengthening families in our community. The complimentary luncheon will take place on International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Please email Erin Nuzzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 543-3550 to RSVP!
Our keynote speaker will be Rebecca Weston, one of the amazing women who helped organize the Women’s March on Montana in Helena this past January. She is such an inspirational speaker and we’re so excited that she will be joining us to share her insights!
Together, with your participation, we will gather to celebrate and support WORD and the very important work we do helping women and families when they need us most. It is a vital time in the life of the agency, now celebrating 30 years of continuous service in the Missoula community so join us to help raise $30,000 for our 30 More Years campaign!
WORD’s 30 Years Strong Benefit Luncheon will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 100 Madision.
Peer Educational Panel
The Futures program announces the start of the 2016 Peer Educational Panel presentation series. The Peer Educational Panel is devoted to educating adolescents about teen pregnancy prevention. The task of the panel members is to give young people the information they need to make responsible and informed choices regarding young parenthood. They aim to reduce risk-taking behaviors that can lead to unintended pregnancy.
The risk factors panel members address include unprotected sexual activity and the use of alcohol and illegal drugs among adolescents. Panel members share their personal stories and experiences to help their peers understand what it is like to be a young parent. The panel engages the audience in a frank and honest conversation while discussing the hardships, sacrifices and shortcomings of teen parenting. Panel members encourage youth to consider the consequences of their actions in the hope that teenagers will delay becoming parents until they are financially stable and in a healthy, committed relationship. If you are interested in booking a PEP presentation please call Bernie or Becky at 406-543-3550.
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