Holiday gifts were donated to families in the Richfield community by the H.O.P.E Organization. Parents of CONNECT participants and other community residents received numerous toys and clothes. this is the 3rd year that H.O.P.E. sponsored the Richfield Place CONNECT Program.
At Oakland Village, Miss Leslie and Miss Hanna, two interns from VCU, have been leading lessons for the Teen Job Prep Program. Last week, the group discussed study skills and ways to better help kids to get good grades. While these are mostly targeted toward high school aged children, many of the below listed study techniques can be useful for older elementary and middle school kids. Take a look below and help your kids to focus and do well in school!
- Time Management
- Plan how long each assignment will take
- Write down appointments and assignments
- Go to class everyday and pay attention
- Do assignments on time and to best ability
- Review notes, don’t cram
- Look over your notes each evening and make sure you understand the material
- Study Alone
- Unless your friends are as serious as you are about topic or know it well, study by yourself
- Create a good study environment
- Quiet, comfortable, no distractions
- Make Flash Cards of your information
- Make reviews or tests for yourself to complete once you know the material
- Snack on healthy food while you study- gives an energy boost
- Take a break
- For every hour you study take a ten minute break to relax and do something like take a walk, play a cell phone game, etc.
- Get good sleep
- 8 hours of sleep night before test
At the Oakland Village Connect, the V.C.U. interns have been leading the first through fifth grade girls in Girl Power. This program is all about empowering young girls to believe in themselves and to teach them skills for problem solving, anger management, self confidence, hygiene, etc. Girl Power began at the beginning of January and will continue through May. Ask your girls about what they have been learning at Girl Power every Tuesday. Listed below is the Girl Power pledge that is recited at the beginning and the end of every meeting!
Girl Power! Pledge
I am a girl with responsibilities, strengths and Power.
I am a girl that could be anything I want to be.
I am a girl with the knowledge and the courage to stand up for what I believe in.
I am a girl with respect for myself and others.
I have Girl Power!
As many of you might know, February is Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and the role that African Americans have played in United States history. Black History Month was officially established by President Ford in 1976. At Connect, we will be talking to your children about the significance of this month and teaching them about some important African American figures in our history. Talk to your children about their heritage and the significance of celebrating the achievements of African Americans. Visit the link below for more information!
Tomorrow, February 4th, is “It’s Time to Talk Day.” This day advocates for talking about teen domestic violence and helping our teens make good decisions about healthy relationships. This is a movement to end teen dating violence, an all too common issue in our society. So tomorrow, talk to your teens and increase awareness about teen domestic violence.
During the whole month of February there are several things that you can do to prevent and raise awareness about teen domestic violence. Some ideas include: write your government officials and ask them to advocate for the issue, educate your friends and family about teen domestic violence, wear orange on February 11th, post on Facebook about teen dating violence, etc.
For more information visit: http://www.teendvmonth.org/
For the past few weeks in CONNECT’s Al’s Pals program, we have been working with your 1st and 2nd graders on identifying emotions. We want your children to be able to recognize the various emotions they feel, so that they’ll be able to best handle those emotions. We have also been working on teaching them to “STOP” and take a moment to think and reflect on how they feel when they experience a flood of negative emotions. When a child is able to stop and think about how they are feeling and why, they are less likely to act out in anger or sadness.
You can help us by reminding your child to STOP if you see them experiencing intense emotion. In the instance of intense emotion, you can also allow and encourage them to go to a special spot in the house– their bed, the bathroom, etc.– to calm down for a few minutes.
NEWBRIDGE CONNECT SUPPORTS……
January 27 – February 2 is National Drug Facts Week
National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV and through contests, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts regarding underage drinking, smoking and other drug use.
For more information on National Drug Facts Week visit: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/index.php.
For some great activities you can implement during National Drug Facts Week, and year-round, visit: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/activities.php.
Please direct your comments or questions regarding NDFW to the folks at NIDA: firstname.lastname@example.org.