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6th Grade Warning Signs

The attached link to a Frontline program on middle school is worth the few minutes it takes to view it.  Before you watch it, consider this story of one young girl in New York City as translatable to a young girl in Buncombe County NC.  Imagine a young girl living  sometimes in a local shelter, other times with different relatives, trying to figure out how to get back to her school each day even though she is in a different part of the of county, walking, figuring out the city bus schedule, and in general having a chaotic home life. 

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Who will benefit from your School Supply Donations?

One of the unique programs our Back to School Supply Drive supports is The Augustine Project.  The Augustine Project seeks to improve the academic achievement and the self esteem of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The Project trains tutors who provide these students free, 1-on-1, long-term, instruction in reading, writing and spelling. 

 

Passing Comments Kids Take to Heart

Can One Passing Comment To a Child Really Make a Difference?

In previous blogs I wrote about our community’s role in education for our youth, opportunities to be involved with young people in a positive way, and listening to the opinions of young people.  During the summer months as kids are interacting with lots of different adults, let’s consider the power of adult influences on a young person’s life.

 

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Ideas for Summertime

Every year kids head off for summer break, and every year parents worry about how to keep the kids engaged, out of their hair and out of trouble.

Unfortunately many teachers know that they have a battle to wage when the kids emerge from summer break, it is called summer learning loss or summer brain drain - and it's the reality that key skills learned just months earlier have slipped away during break. 
 

Worldwide Views on Opportunities for Youth

[Ann is on vacation this week.  Of course she wrote this well before she headed out - we are posting it on her behalf.]

 

A few months ago I wrote "Lessons From Local Youth" - letting you know about a project we were working on called Community Conversations which we held with 5 different groups in Buncombe County. In it I shared what young people said about opportunities, education, and the community they live in.  
 

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United Way Volunteers: Stepping Up To the Challenge

Chris Young, our 2011 Campaign Chair, noted that a challenge during the 2011-12 campaign that a majority of our focus was on companies and individuals with which we have a long history and not as much on cultivation of new business relationships. 

Chris felt that it was time to create a new position on our campaign cabinet, one devoted solely to cultivation of new relationships.

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