Lunch Break With The Village

Lunch Break With The Village is a monthly Facebook Live event series that features Village staff and community guests who provide expert tips and advice on navigating challenging life situations and other relevant topics.

Past Episodes

The Heart of Foster Care

November 29, 2022

On this Lunch Break With The Village we discussed the transformative power of foster care and adoption in honor of National Adoption Month. This episode explored how being part of a family and community is crucial to children’s healthy development and how foster care provides children with a safe, nurturing home in which to thrive. Guests shared first-hand experiences on how foster care changes lives in profound ways.

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Prevailing Through Intimate Partner Violence

October 27, 2022

This episode examined some of the challenges victims of IPV face when navigating difficult and traumatic situations, share tips on supporting a friend or loved one and share a survivor’s perspective on resiliency and how she thinks of herself not only as a “survivor” but as a “thriver.”

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Teen Substance Use Prevention

September 29, 2022

Cassandra Schend, Village Project Director, Vernon ROCKS Coalition, focused on substance use prevention efforts in Hartford, Vernon and surrounding towns shared tips for parents on talking with your children about substance use, trends they’ve seen among young people, and more.

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Internet Safety with Expert Scott Driscoll

August 16, 2022

This episode of Lunch Break With The Village focused on Internet Safety. Our guest, the founder of Internet Safety Concepts, Scott Driscoll discussed: today’s popular apps or programs, the pros and cons of social media and tips for parents on how to keep their children safe online.

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Mental Health & Sports Therapy with The Connecticut Sun

July 20, 2022

We discussed how The Village has partnered with The Connecticut Sun to provide one-of-a-kind basketball clinics that enrich the sports-infused mental health therapies offered though our Extended Day Treatment (EDT) program thanks to Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

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Body Image

April 21, 2022

Our guests discussed the importance of promoting self-worth, self-love and empowerment as well as connections between mental health and eating disorders.

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Trauma, Resiliency & Equity

March 24, 2022

This Lunch Break episode we focused on trauma, resiliency and equity. Our guest, Nelba Márquez-Greene, discussed the importance of allowing grief, trauma and loss in the room and how tools, language, skills, resources and acceptance should be available to live a full, grieving life.

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