GAP Sessions kick off Sept. 30

By Portia Williams - [email protected]

WURTLAND, Ky.— People who step up to the plate to assume responsibility for children can be empowered with information at the Northeast Guardians as Parents (GAP) Workshop Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Greenup Co. Extension Office (GCEO), located at 35 Wurtland Avenue in Wurtland.

Lora Pullin, an agent at GCEO, said speaker from Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC), as well as the Greenup County Police Department will attend the GAP Session on Sept. 30.

“This will be our first session of the year on September 30th and starts at 9 a.m. In this session we are going to be focusing on computer trends and learning some basic computer skills, and also touching on some basic social media information, how you can adjust the security settings so that Facebook pages aren’t public and things such as that,” Pullin said. “We will have speaker here from KEDC, and then also there will be somebody from the police department who is going to be talking about Internet safety.”

The main objective is to equipped guardians who choose to serve as parents with tools and resources to deal effectively with day to day issues, according to Pullin.

“The main focus of this for guardians as parents, we have people who might be grandparents, uncles, aunts, who are now responsible for raising these children, and sometimes they don’t have knowledge of what all might be out there in terms of safety concerns or things on the Internet. Or, kids may come home and they have homework that requires them to use a computer, so we want to help them to become more comfortable with things that they might face from day to day in life in raising these kids,” Pullin said. “So we just try to provide them with information that we know may be a problem, and we try to alleviate that, because we know they have enough on their plate any way.”

Tammy Steele Homeless Education Coordinator, Homeless Education Services for the GAP Program, said the GAP Sessions are offered quarterly.

“With our GAP Sessions, these are things that we offer continuously throughout the school year. These are offered as quarterly sessions to GAP group, with GAP encompassing not only grandparents who are in second time parenting roles, but other guardians as well,” Steele said. “As far as the topics themselves, we do try to align our topics to specific areas that are of special interest to this specific population and we do that of course through our evaluation of each quarterly session as well as just our continual ongoing support and contact with the guardians that we are serving,” she said.

Topics for the Sept. 30, GAP Session will include Basic Computer Skills and Social Media Trends.

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.