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ADVOCATES FOR YOUTH WELLNESS!

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YOUTH WELLNESS PROGRAM 

" WHEN YOU CHANGE THE MEANING AND NARRATIVE OF YOUR PAST, YOU SIMULTANEOUSLY CHANGE THE NARRATIVE OF YOUR PRESENT."

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YOUTH WELLNESS

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

When the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2019, Fly By Nature Foundation was disrupted. The outbreak prevented us from doing workshops and program implementation in schools. We used that time to do additional research and convert our programming to virtual platforms as another learning option. In 2022, there has been another surge in COVID-19 so some schools have reverted back to virtual learning. We don't know when we will be able to go back to the schools physically, but we now have the capabilities to implement our program virtually. 

Our Youth Wellness program consists of 10 weeks of curriculum with an award ceremony to celebrate the students for completing the program. They will also be given a certificate of completion, organization tee shirt, wristband, stress reliever, stress card reader and a few other swag gifts. 

Students completing this program should leave with the following benefits:

  • Increased awareness on bullying

  • Increased awareness on cyber-bullying

  • Increased awareness of the importance on their digital reputation

  • How to navigate online and social media safely

  • Increased Emotional Intelligence

  • Increased awareness of emotional regulation

  • Increased awareness on restorative justice practices when met with conflict 

  • Increased awareness on how to resolve conflict using nonviolent communication (NVC 4 step process)

  • Increased awareness on the importance of empathy, kindness, diversity and inclusion

  • Increased awareness on Suicide Awareness and substance use

  • Increased awareness of the 5 stages of grief

  • Coping mechanisms to help with anxiety and trauma

 

 

CURRICULUM DESCRIPTION: 

Fly By Nature Foundation's Reframing The Narrative Curriculum is our opportunity to dispel the stereotypes placed on us using Social Emotional Learning. As our stories evolve, reprogramming how we think, behave, react and respond from our trauma. We are changing the course of direction in which they predicted would be poor outcomes when exposed to 2 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's). Our curriculum was crafted to address these factors that can result in chronic physical health issues and lower academic performance as well as contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline or even lower life expectancy; this is especially true for children with 6 or more ACES. 

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum  

Courses:                                                                                Dosage:

Pre-Social Emotional Learning Assessment                          @ 1 hour

Program Kickoff:                                                                   @ 2 hours

What is Bullying:                                                                   @ 2 hours

Cyber-Bullying & Internet Safety & Digital Footprint:        @ 2 hours

Emotional Intelligence                                                          @ 2 hours

Learn Conflict Resolution using NVC                                  @ 2 hours

Practice Nonviolent communication                                     @ 2 hours

Empathy|Kindness|Diversity|Inclusion                                 @ 2 hours

Suicide Awareness & Substance Use                                    @ 2 hours

Learning the 5 Stages of Grief                                              @ 2 hours

Reflection/ Creative Arts and Expression                             @ 2 hours

Post-Social Emotional Learning Assessment                        @ 1 hour

Award Ceremony                                                                   @ 2 hours

 

                                                                       Total Dosage: 26 Hours

Course Structure: Each course is 2 hours

    DESCRIPTION:                             TIME BREAKDOWN:

  •  Setup /Introduction                               ( 5 minutes)

  •  Warm-up exercise                                 (10 minutes)

  •  Introduction                                           (15 minutes)

  •  BREAK                                                 (10 minutes)

  •  Core Learning                                       (40 minutes)

  •  BREAK                                                 (10 minutes)

  • Reinforcement Activity                          (20 minutes)

  •  Post-Quiz & survey                               (10 minutes)

Session 1 - Program Kickoff/Family Night

Description:  Program Kickoff is a family night session where we provide our program overview of our curriculum, outline our expectations, get a commitment that each student will obey our rules & behavior. We will do some icebreakers so the students get to learn about one another. Program packages will be arranged for drive by pickup before the program start.

Session 2 - What is Bullying

Description:  This session educates the students on the definition of bullying, how to identify the 3 types of bullying, how to cope with bullying, how to report bullying and some of the negative effects it has on students, school staff and family.

Session 3 - Cyber-Bullying & Internet Safety & Digital Footprint

Description:  This session educates the students on the definition of cyber-bullying, the importance of their digital reputation, how certain social media posts can have affect them later in life, touch on the dangers of the internet, and social media etiquette.

Session 4 - Emotional Intelligence

Description:  This session was designed to strengthen student's knowledge, skills and abilities around emotional intelligence. During this session, students will learn self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making and emotion recognitionStudents will also learn how to identify the most common triggers of the 10 most common emotions.

 

Session 5- Learning Non Violent Communication (NVC) 4 Step Process Part 1

Session 6- Practicing Non Violent Communication (NVC) 4 Step Process Part 2

Description:  This session was designed to strengthen student’s emotional intelligence, enhance their understanding of the most commonly used emotions. Students will learn how to identify the most common triggers of these emotions.  Students will also learn emotional control methods. This Session is broken into 2 parts. The first session is instruction. The facilitator will give students an overview, purpose and benefits of NVC Non Violent Communication. The second session will consist of practicing how to use Non Violent Communication in scenario format.

Session 7 - Family Night - Suicide Awareness, substance abuse

Description:  This session students & family will learn the effects of substance use, reasons why people turn to substance use, what the term abuse means, the most common substances being used. Students will also learn triggers that can lead to suicide, how to identify these triggers and students will be able to express artistically how they feel about suicide. Students will be able to use their creative abilities for this project. Their expression can be in the form of a skit, poem, art, drawing, poster or song. Families will be giving helpful resources they can use for their household.

 

Session 8 - Empathy, Kindness, Diversity & Inclusion

Description: In this workshop, students will learn the importance of empathy, kindness and inclusion. They will be aware of how it affects their peers, accepting the differences of their peers and cultures. Students will also be aware of how it feels to leave a person or group excluded.

Session 9 - Learning The 5 Stages of Grief

Description: Losing a friend or family member is one of the most difficult times in your life you will experience. You may feel or go through a range of emotions. Giving students an introduction to the he five stages of grief model can increase their awareness, understanding and resilience during those difficult times.

Session 10 - Reflection/ Creative Arts and Expression

Description:  This session students have a reflection and open discussion about what they learned over the 10 weeks of sessions. Students use this time to work on their creative expression of what they learned. They will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work during the award ceremony to the families & peers.

Session 11 - Award Ceremony

Description: Award Ceremony:  This final session of the program will be in person or virtual 2-hour reflection, performance and award ceremony. Students will be able to display their creative expression on what they learned over the 10-week program. They will have the option to choose a specific topic from the topics they learned. This will give the families and staff to see what the students have learned in the form of creative expression. Fly By Nature Foundation will give out Certificate of Completion awards for all the hard work to all student participants. Each student will receive an organization tee shirt, organization wrist band and helpful resources they can use for reference. 

Resource Packets:  Each student will get the following for their participation in the Fly By Nature Foundation Bullying Prevention Program. 

  • Certificate of Completion Award

  • Organization Tee shirt

  • Organization Mascot sticker

  • Organization Wristband

  • Resources, brochures & print-outs for parents & students

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES:

 

  • Academic improvement

  • Increased youth awareness on the effects of bullying

  • Increased youth awareness about Cyber-bullying, online safety, digital footprint, social media responsibility and online reputation

  • Increased youth awareness on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making

  • Increased youth awareness on resolving conflict using nonviolent communication with their peers

  • Increased youth awareness on having empathy, being kind, embracing diversity and inclusion.

  • Increased youth awareness on suicide awareness and effects of substance use.

  • Increased youth awareness on the 5 stages of grief

  • Using art as another form of expression

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Fly By Nature Foundation understands the importance of effective program, evaluation and monitoring. We have created our Logic Model that depicts the shared relationships among the resources, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact for our Youth Wellness and The Butterfly Effect programs. Our Logic Model is a clear and continuous method for establishing logical flow of a program and serve as a tool for identifying progression towards program goals.

What Is the CASEL Framework?

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a framework we implement that creates a baseline for applying evidence-based strategies for our Youth Wellness Curriculum. CASEL helps helps cultivate skills and environments that advance students’ learning and development.

Benefits of using the CASEL Framework:

  • Foster knowledge, skills, and attitudes across five areas of social and emotional competence;

  • Establish equitable learning environments and coordinate practices across four key settings that support students’ social, emotional, and academic development.

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Program Evaluation and Monitoring

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ABOUT ME

Shakira Kelly was born and raised in Washington, DC. Through experiencing adversity throughout her childhood and adult life gave Shakira strength and passion in wanting to create social change. Ms. Kelly dedicates her time to becoming a social entrepreneur focusing on childhood mental health issues. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Advocacy in May of 2020. She created curriculum around holistic therapy, mindfulness and yoga for the youth. 

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The Butterfly Effect Program

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The Butterfly Effect Program was designed as part of the physical, mental and emotional health holistic approaches for youth wellness. 

Yoga Wellness and Mindfulness

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Yoga is a tool for children to deal with stress and regulate themselves. Yoga provides training of mind and body to bring emotional balance. 

7 Benefits of Yoga for Young Kids:

  • Yoga helps children manage their anxiety.  

  • Yoga improves children's emotional regulation. 

  • Yoga boosts children's self-esteem. 

  • Yoga increases children's body awareness.

  • Yoga increases children's mindfulness.  

  • Yoga enhances children's concentration and memory.  

  • Yoga develops children's strength and flexibility.

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