During three sessions over three weeks of the out of school summer program, Ms. Meghann came and volunteered her time to teach youth square dancing. We learned line dancing, the Virginia Reel, and square dancing. The kids truly loved learning with Ms. Meghann, who took time at the beginning and end of each session to teach the youth about mindfulness and compassion. Staffer Ashley Friedrich said she loved learning too!
This summer not only did out of school students have fun at Youth Build, they also took a couple field trips. One was with PAL Coalition students to Bernheim Forest. It was amazing! Bernheim funded us to do the Wilson Creek exploration, where we walked a trail to a creek to catch crawfish. Staff there gave us lessons about the origination of their forest, and then we got to explore the other parts of Bernheim. We got to play kickball after lunch and to walk out on the Tree Canopy. It was a great day with great people!
On Thursdays, after physical activity, out of school students have “Staff Torture,” a time where students that receive Ubuntu tickets (earned by good behavior/above and beyond behavior), and choose a staff member to tease. Some pick throwing water balloons, while others want to pie a staff member in the face. Junior staff isn’t safe from this activity, so even they got soaked and creamed. It’s a fun team building time for everyone and we have program-wide water balloon fights at the end!
One of Family & School Services junior staff got to talk about his home country, Ghana, during a recent culture club. It was amazing to see him tell stories about the food, culture, and political climate. He brought in African clothing to show students and showed them where his home country is on a map. At the end, students asked many interesting questions about his country.
During the last week of the Family & School Services summer program, out of school students got to make tie-dye shirts! Every youth had a personalized, uniquely designed shirt they got to take home. It was so much fun creating such a fun art piece!
CLASP and Next Steps, the out of school programs at Meyzeek Middle and Hazelwood Middle in Louisville and New Albany, partnered for a field trip in mid-July. Staff and students went to River Run Family Park, which has a big pool, slides, and a lazy river. Staff took 17 students to enjoy the end of the summer together, splashing and having a blast! Every kid loved it and wished they could stay even longer.
Grant supports the agency’s child advocacy centers, and preventive work with new parents The WHAS Crusade for Children, which raised $5.6 million during its 2018 telethon, has awarded $29,280 to Family & Children’s Place to support its work to stop, prevent and heal child violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect in Louisville and Southern Indiana. “The WHAS Crusade for Children is a true champion for children’s health and welfare in this community, and we’re very proud to again be chosen to receive these critically important funds,” said Pam Darnall, president/CEO of Family & Children’s Place. Specifically, the WHAS Crusade for Children […]
Grant will enable agency to help and support underserved children and families in Louisville’s West End LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 13, 2018) – The Gheens Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place, which leads efforts in Louisville and Southern Indiana to prevent, stop, and treat child violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. The grant will help support the agency as it expands services, including new parent support, counseling, and mental health assessments, to underserved communities in the city’s west end, including several offices in the new YMCA under construction at 19th Street and Broadway. “We are beyond thrilled […]
Recently, students in the agency’s Hazelwood Elementary out of school time summer program spent a week learning about social activism and took on homelessness as a challenge they wanted to address. Students from the New Albany, Ind., school put together homeless care kits – socks, sanitary wipes, bottles of water, first aid kits, toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, and granola bars as well as Metro United Way information cards and resource lists. Students also recycled plastic shopping bags into a Homeless Care Mat (a waterproof mat that provides cushion, is bug resistant, lightweight and easily rolled up). The youth then […]
Family & Children’s Place adherence to accountability, transparency, and strong financial health have earned the child abuse prevention and healing agency a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote in a letter to the agency. “Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Family & Children’s Place exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work, and this exceptional designation from Charity Navigator […]