Family Resources

At Best Friends, our families are our strength.  We are proud to include services to families as a part of our programs.  Please check this page often for educational opportunities, fun community events for your family, resources to help during times of need and ways to enjoy every stage of life with your kids. Is there something you need that’s not addressed here?  Our program managers might be able to help.  Please let us know if there’s a resource not listed by contacting us!   

 

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holiday resources

Are unexpected expenses making it difficult to provide for the holidays this year?  If you are a family with a child in one of the Best Friends mentoring programs, we may be able to help.  Information on referrals to the Neenah-Menasha Christmas Giving Program and Appleton Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program will be available in the October “Best Friends Family Information” email.  Please watch your email for more information.


Trainings/Workshops

 
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free cyberbullying and internet safety training
free food served
best friends of neenah-menasha, 181 e north water st, neenah
lower level conference room
thursday, october 18, 6-7pm

Cyberbullying & Internet Safety: Learn the facts about electronic bullying pre-teens & teens face day to day.  Discover the good, the bad and the ugly with the web. The reality of why sexting IS a big problem, not a little issue and how to be safe in the e-mail world. Tony Neumann, Manager of Information Technology Division of the City of Oshkosh since 2005 will be presenting.  This workshop is hosted by Best Friends of Neenah- Menasha and Outagamie County Mentoring. RSVP by October 15 to lisa@bestfriendsnm.org or 920-729-5600.

 
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FREE Future Ready: Career Paths for Middle School Students
Bordini Center, 5 N Systems dr, appleton
Thursday, november 1, 6-7:30pm
registration appreciated: www.heartofthevalleychamber.com

Better understand the ACP (Academic Career Planning) process that the schools are using with your children to help them plan their future career. Speakers will discuss the future job market of 2030 as well as career pathways and career cruising used in the schools.

 
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free parent meet up!
topic: building a positive relationship with your child
ed smith community services building, 181 E north water st, neenah
lower level conference room
tuesday, november 13, 6-7:30pm
please call 920-729-5600 by monday, november 12 to reserve a spot

Lori Casey from Parent Connection will talk about communication “door slammers” and “door openers” when it comes to your kids. How the simple working of things you say can create a more positive relationship with your child. Learn simple tips and tricks to foster better relationships in your family. We will talk through specific scenarios that all parents have experienced (or will experience) at some point. This is a must attend for parents who want to have a more positive home life!


Fun Activities

 
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children’s day at the Haunted House
volunteers needed - attend free if you volunteer
Youth-go, 333 W cecil St, neenah
saturday, october 6 & 27, 11:30am-2:30pm or 2-4:30pm

Youth-Go is in need of volunteers to help hand out trick-or-treat candy or help to run a carnival game. Youth Go's Children’s Day at the Haunted House is a low-cost and family friendly event, with the lights on, non-scary costumes, trick-or-treating, and fun activities including carnival games, face painting and visits from friends like the Neenah-Menasha Fire Department, the Neenah Police Department and local mascots.  Anyone that volunteers will be able to attend this event for FREE before or after they volunteer. Contact Alice Zarda at alice@youthgo.org or call 920-722-1435 if you are interested in volunteering.  The cost of the event is $5/person if you are not volunteering.  

Youth-Go Haunted Events
The Hallows - October 5 & 6 - 7-10PM - Memorial Park, Neenah - $5/person
Haunted House - October 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27 - 6-9:30PM - $5 for students with school ID, $10/adult