M.I. Mother’s Keeper’s “Academic Outreach” Initiatives are designed and developed as M. I.’s intent to reach the youth and to teach them preventative measures of acknowledging and dealing with matters of mental health as well as to demonstrate mental wellness behaviors and practices. M.I’s focus is to help aid in keeping children protected and to always provide programming and environments where youth can express themselves and receive support for any obstacles impeding their quality of living and growth.
Additionally, M.I. Mother’s Keeper recognizes the positive attributes in helping youths to receive a quality education as M.I. continues efforts at educating the youths about the importance of mental health preventative practices & behaviors. M.I.’s “Academic Outreach” initiatives are designed to help advance and introduce youths to various avenues of learning and development to help diminish the STIGMA that is associated with youth seeking help and self-identifying with matters of mental health.
M.I. seeks to empower youth by keeping discussions about mental health at the forefront of their learning environments and curriculums in order that those youths that are dealing with matters of mental health aren’t singled out and made to feel isolated and without support. M.I.’s programming is designed to help families of mental health and otherwise come together to form the “village” that M.I. feels is needed to nourish, protect, and empower the spirits and energies the youth possess.
M.I. knows that children matter! Mental health matters! We’re investing in the youth early to equip them with the necessary tools, resources, experiences, and support to not only aid in their quality of living but also their peace of mind and mental stabilities.
Help M.I. to not only reach the youth, but to also eliminate the awful realities of suicide and trauma that are plaguing children daily in communities and families with mental health exposures and challenges. Join M.I. to continue the dialogue and outreach to assure the youth that they are not alone and most importantly, they are not trapped in their familial or community circumstances. Youths matter! Teen Lives Matter! Help M.I. to identify with the youth in order that they receive timely, quality, and necessary help.
Join M.I. as we introduce programming, workshops, and initiatives to empower the youth, support their growth, and provide mental wellness education to help shape their futures.
“M.I.” is Me! Mentally Intelligent yes that’s me! Youth need to know that it’s okay to ask for and to seek help, because that’s the ‘intelligent” thing to do! M.I. is on a mission to remove STIGMA and to keep communities educated and aware! M.I. has replaced the word “illness” with the word “intelligent”, because we feel that is where the discussion should begin.
● “AFTERSCHOOL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH” WORKSHOP
Weekly (2) two-hour session where youth between the ages of 5-13 years of age convene to discuss their concerns, emotions, and to learn healthy, positive ways to deal with the pressures that they are facing while living, growing, and learning in challenging environments daily. Youth use these sessions to learn ways of expressing their true feelings and of being accountable for their behaviors and choices. Youth are given opportunities to release anxious energies through physically planned sporting activities, or exercises in “journal writing”, role playing, story-telling, and various other activities. Youth learn to identify with behaviors that are mentally associated and made to feel comfortable despite their personal struggles. Additionally, youth learn to support one another in their uniqueness. STIGMA removal and protecting children is at the forefront of why these after-school workshops were designed. Many communities need “friendly” & “protected” environments for children to exist daily and to discuss concerns, release their feelings, learn ways to emote and to become well-adjusted students and citizens.
● “BACK PACK” GIVE AWAY
On an annual basis M.I. delivers to every youth age 3-17, in selected communities across the D.M.V., back packs filled with school supplies. M.I.’s knows that every pack of paper, pencils, crayons, notebooks, scissors, rulers, erasers, glue, pencil holders, sharpeners, staplers, ink pens, calculators, etc. helps to reduce the hardship for those families that struggle each year to provide the proper schooling resources for their children. M.I. also knows that many children are exposed to the harsh reality of not having the tools that they need to be successful at school, or otherwise. Knowledge is the power that M.I. seeks to equip each of the children who are provided these back packs, most importantly to be sure that their economic circumstances do not impede their abilities to feel adequate and prepared. M.I. knows that it takes a “village” to help save and educate the youth. Donate today and help M.I.’s “Academic Initiatives” reach youth across the D.M.V.
● “READING FOR RICHES” LITERACY PROGRAM
M.I.’s “Reading for Riches” program is designed to get the youth excited about improving their literacy and overall social skills. In exchange for reading and completing the designated reports, according to a pre-determined set of guidelines, M.I. will reward various achievements in their successful reading, presentation of the stories and life lessons learned along the way.
M.I. feels that it is imperative that we help to improve the literacy rate in communities where resources and economic circumstances are challenged. Specifically in mental health and homeless communities, young citizens should be empowered to improve their quality of living to increase their opportunities to become employable and self-sufficient, while also increasing their social and intellectual abilities.
Please visit www.mimotherskeeper.com “file archive” at the bottom of the website’s home page to see current “Reading for Riches” program information and guidelines. M.I. Mother’s Keeper is more than happy to customize a “Reading for Riches” program in your community or school. Call today or send your request via our webpage.
● “M.I. & ME AROUND D.M.V.” SUMMER CAMP FIELD TRIP PROGRAM
M.I.’s summer field trip program allows M.I. to spend the summer educating and empowering children across the D.M.V. area with trips to local museums, libraries, & historical landmarks, to learn about cultural, literary, economical, racial, and other uniqueness that should be recognized, in order that there is dialogue to help broaden the youth’s perspectives and exposures.
M.I. Mother’s Keeper’s “M.I. & Me Around D.M.V.” is designed to expose the youth to environments that spark conversations in which they will learn how to adapt and conform in such manners as to demonstrate a self-sufficient means of behaving as well as also exercising discipline. The youth will also be given opportunities to ask questions and explore the various ways of living and learning to aid in their appreciation for who they are, and the opportunities afforded to them.
M.I.’s summer camp field trip program is also designed to give the youth opportunities to learn about society, the nation, and the world through the scope of various community outings that will take place outside of their familiar environments which typically are plagued with matters involving trauma, mental health realities, and in many cases poverty related issues. These issues often time hinder their ability to otherwise experience opportunities that are rich in empowerment and educational rewards.
M.I. believes that if we change the youth’s environment and perspective, we have a chance to change their lives for the better. Mental Health wellness and prevention starts with opening-up the dialogue and exposures that our youth have daily. M.I. is leading the charge to foster mentally healthy youth, families, and communities, one trip, one youth, and one discussion at a time.
Please visit www.mimotherskeeper.com “file archive” section at the bottom of the website’s home page for more information.