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Youth Program gives Martin Co. woman a head start on her career   no comments

Posted at 2:10 pm in News
Kyla Horn, of Martin County, participated in BSACAP’s Youth Program and landed an internship with The Mountain Citizen in order to help her on her way to a successful career in journalism. The Youth Program is open to students in high school and young people between the ages of 18 and 24.

Kyla Horn, of Martin County, participated in BSACAP’s Youth Program and landed an internship with The Mountain Citizen in order to help her on her way to a successful career in journalism. The Youth Program is open to students in high school and young people between the ages of 18 and 24.

Meeting the right people and making the right connections to start a career early in life can be difficult for many students in our area, but one young woman from Martin County took the step she needed to get her foot in the door with journalism.

Kyla Horn, a recent alumna of Sheldon Clark High School, interned with The Mountain Citizen through the assistance of Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) and the Youth Program offer through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

The WIOA Youth Program offers a range of services to students still in school and young people age 18-24. The program offers tutoring, study skills, training, and instruction, alternative secondary school offerings, summer employment opportunities, paid and unpaid work experiences including internships and job shadowing, occupational skills training, leadership development opportunities, supportive services, adult mentoring for 12 months to ensure continued success of placement, and comprehensive guidance and counseling. The program is open to low-income young people who may experience barriers to employment.

Horn explained, “All of my friends were getting on [the Youth Program] and I was like, ‘You guys are working at the coolest places, like having to do with what you want to do when you grow up.’ And I was like, ‘I want to do that to.’” So she connected with BSACAP Career Advisor Kayla Jude.

Horn told Jude about her passion for journalism and her hopes of one day becoming a news anchor. “[Working with Kayla] was really cool because I didn’t feel like I was talking to a supervisor. It felt like I was talking to a big sister who was helping me learn the ropes. It was really helpful,” Horn said. Jude was able to arrange for Horn to have an internship with her local newspaper, The Mountain Citizen, so that she might begin to see how the news is gathered.

Horn said that initially she was a little nervous about the internship. “I was working with people who had been there since before I was born. I was so scared of messing up,” she said. But after about a week, Horn adjusted to the paper business and learned how to work the front desk, file papers, and take advertisements. She was even given the opportunity to write a few articles about her high school and the dance team.

Horn said her internship with the paper not only gave her real life work experience, but also gave her confirmation that journalism is in fact the path that she wishes to pursue in college. “It gave me real life work experience that I wouldn’t have received anywhere else,” she said. “I’ve recommended it to all my friends who are in high school right now.”

She is attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College at present and plans to transfer to Morehead State University where she will study Journalism and Communications. Horn says she is looking forward to the future and is excited to learn everything she can about different kinds of media productions and become the future of news in Kentucky.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 3rd, 2016

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BSACAP to start LIHEAP pre-registration for elderly and disabled on Oct. 17   no comments

Posted at 2:06 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is offering pre-registration for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The pre-registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 17, and last until October 31.

BSACAP Executive Director James Michael Howell said pre-registration should prove beneficial to customers.

“The elderly and the disabled have less mobility and it’s harder for them to stand in long lines,” Howell explained. “Pre-registration should cut down on those long lines and help more people access the services.”

Howell added, “We want to stress that, although we’re offering the pre-registration, no applications will be approved until Tuesday, Nov. 1, the first day of the Subsidy component. No vouchers will be sent to vendors until after Oct. 31.”

Pre-registration is available to applicants who receive a fixed income and are either 60 years of age and above or who have disabilities.

To be eligible to pre-register, applicants must bring proof they are receiving disability benefits and/or are at least 60 years of age and on a fixed income.

In addition, to qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:
• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract);
• Proof of physical address – bring metered utility bill;
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen
606-874-3595

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville
606-789-6515

Magoffin County
131 Church Street
Salyersville
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville
606-432-2775

All other applicants may begin applying for Subsidy on Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Dec. 9. As in past years, applications will be taken alphabetically, according to the applicant’s last name.

LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 3rd, 2016

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Fall into the New Season with a New Career and the Martin County Job Club   no comments

Posted at 9:54 am in News

It’s time to turn over a new leaf in your search for a new career by coming to the Martin County Job Club!

With practical lessons and expert-led activities planned to help get you back to work, Job Clubs in Martin County is now better positioned than ever to deliver hands-on assistance that can help you write a professional résumé, learn how to succeed in job interviews, connect with employers, workforce professionals, and other jobseekers, and create a winning game plan for your job search.

Join us at the Martin County Job Club, which will meet starting Tuesday, September 13th at 1:30p.m., on the 3rd Floor of the Roy F. Collier Community Center, 387 East Main Street, Inez.

The Martin County Job Club is brought to you by a partnership between Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, and the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employment and Training (OET).

Our career experts in the Job Clubs partnership have brought together a program powered by the career-advising industry’s best ideas and tools to help those searching for employment build the skills and connections they need to find rewarding new work.

In Job Clubs, you will:

  • Build job leads
  • Get top job search advice
  • Have access to job networking opportunities
  • Build a professional employer-approved résumé

The experts who will guide you through Job Clubs and on your way to a successful new job have been in this industry for years and know what needs to be done to get you on the fast track toward employment.

To attend the next Martin County Job Club meeting, stop by the 3rd Floor of the Roy F. Collier Community Center, 387 East Main Street, Inez, KY starting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13th.

All new members are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior for new member orientation. For more information or to speak with a Career Advisor about the Martin County Job Club, please call 606-298-3217.

Written by Sarah Hill on September 9th, 2016

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program distributes over $7,000 in scholarships   no comments

Posted at 9:32 am in News

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school.  The scholarships are made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This year nine people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals.

Johnda Marie Adams, of Pikeville, will be studying Dental Hygiene at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Oliva Adkins, of Pikeville, will be studying Elementary Education at the University of Pikeville. Tommy Adkins, of Pikeville, will be studying Radiology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Austin Tyler Hall, of Harold, will be working toward his Associate’s Degree in Science at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Diana Hall, of Prestonsburg, will be working toward a degree in Business Management at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Sasha Kidd, of Martin, will be studying Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying Electrical Engineering at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Casondra Smith, of Pikeville, will be studying Human Services at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, explained that students were required to submit proof of financial need, college acceptance, and GPA, along with letters of reference and an essay explaining why they deserve the award. Thacker also noted the recipients’ progress through the school year would be tracked. She invited the students to return to BSACAP when they graduate if they wanted assistance with referrals or anything else that life might bring their way. “We believe in you and we really do want you to succeed,” she said.

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program joined the 2016 recipients of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship for a group picture. Front row: Olivia Adkins, Sasha Kidd, Johnda Adams, Caitlin Little, CSBG Manager Kim Vicars. Back row: Executive Director Mike Howell, Tommy Adkins, Austin Tyler Hall, Diana Hall, Casondra Smith, Reaford May Jr., Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program joined the 2016 recipients of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship for a group picture. Front row: Olivia Adkins, Sasha Kidd, Johnda Adams, Caitlin Little, CSBG Manager Kim Vicars. Back row: Executive Director Mike Howell, Tommy Adkins, Austin Tyler Hall, Diana Hall, Casondra Smith, Reaford May Jr., Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 19th, 2016

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Martin Co. Health Fair set for Aug. 18   no comments

Posted at 8:17 am in News

The annual Martin County Community Health Fair presented by Big Sandy Area Community Action Program and sponsored by Passport Health Plan will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 1 p.m.  to 4 p.m. at the Roy F. Collier Community Center Gymnasium, Inez.

The event is free and open to the public and will offer everyone the chance to connect with area healthcare providers and programs. In addition to healthcare information, there will be free health screenings, outreach materials, giveaways, and a variety of fantastic door prizes.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program representatives will be on hand to help visitors learn more about their employment and training services for people of all ages, their Weatherization Assistance program, Garden Seed program, and host of other services aimed at helping eastern Kentuckians achieve self-sufficiency.

The gymnasium will be filled with dedicated health care professionals who will be offering services and information such as mini massages, A1C screenings, blood pressure screenings, grip strength tests, information on mental health, physical therapy, kidney disease, child protection, hospice care, and much more.

Visitors can connect with service groups including Passport Health Plan, Martin Co. Home Health, Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition, Big Sandy Health Care, Judi’s Place for Kids, Appalachian Hospice Care, Mountain Comprehensive Care, the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs, and many others.

This year’s Community Health Fair is overflowing with prizes, screenings, and information. So get ready to have your questions answered and connect with local people who can help you find your way to health success.

For more information about the Martin County Community Health Fair, contact Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Resource Representative Lori Smith at (606) 298-3217.

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Written by Sarah Hill on August 15th, 2016

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