Friday Fun: Bond with your family by making candy together! http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/65333/homemade-candy-treats
This past year we have delivered lectures and workshops on mentoring Muslim youth, puberty, mental health stigma, and parenting across the nation. Help us continue to make a long term impact in the lives of young people and their families! http://www.thefyi.org/support-fyi/ During our puberty workshop in Columbus, OH, we measured the change in attitude among parents and children. Following the workshop, they shared that they felt more comfortable discussing puberty related struggles. After our mentoring Muslim youth workshop in Washington D.C., attendees reported greater knowledge and skills on verbal and non-verbal communication. One youth worker described his workshop experience as transformative, profoundly changing how he intended to approach working with young people. Another participant reflected, "every individual comes from an immense litany of life shaping experiences. Each of which needs to be empathized with and understood when resolving issues and developing people." We have posted approximately 250 psycho-educational articles in 2014! In addition, we have conducted 18 lectures/workshop and published 3 peer reviewed journal articles this past year. FYI is also collaborating with multiple organizations on ways to strengthen young people and their families. Please donate and stay tuned for an exciting 2015! All donations made by December 31 will be eligible to receive their tax receipts early next year insha'Allah. Please support (especially regular monthly donations), and encourage others to support.
We are constantly connected, but is this disconnecting us to our kids? Read more on the times of the day when your kids need you to be disconnected! http://qz.com/277464/the-times-of-day-when-your-kids-need-you-to-disconnect/
Understand self-cutting behavior and get help! http://sites.psu.edu/goodgollymissmolly/wp-content/uploads/sites/16432/2014/10/sorting-fact-from-fiction-on-self-harm_5242513d9e1c9_w1500.jpg
Protect your elderly loved ones from financial scams: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-08-2013/protect-your-parents-from-scams.1.html
Monday morning humor: Do negotiations at home look like this? Get some help from the FYI! :)
Friday Fun: Game ideas for kids who experience depression http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/two-takes-depression/201411/toys-depressed-kids
As the year comes to an end, please consider making a donation to support the FYI. With your support, we continue to work on new research areas as well as conduct community education programs that impact Youth and their Families. This past year we have posted approximately 250 psycho-educational articles, reaching up to 4,300 people. In addition, we have conducted 18 lectures/workshop this past year. These programs have made an impact in the lives of individuals and has encouraged positive growth and development. As one participant aptly summarized, "the program was epic." If you have enjoyed and benefited from our psycho-educational posts, lectures or workshops or know others that have-- please support FYI! Make an investment in your future and help us make positive changes in the lives of young people and their families! All donations made by Dec 31 will be eligible to receive their tax receipts early next year insha-Allah. Please support, and encourage others to support. www.thefyi.org/support-fyi/
Understanding the role of parental involvement in your child's well being: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/40/parental-involvement-and-childrens-well-being
We had a great time doing the "Mentoring Muslim Youth" workshop this past weekend, hosted by MAS - DC Chapter and supported by United Muslim Relief. We received very positive feedback on the workshop from many participants who left extremely energized!!! "I honestly felt very happy because I have been doing youth programming for a while and besides a few workshops here and there, I did not receive proper training to be an effective youth worker. This workshop has given me hope and more enthusiasm to continue. I certainly will use all the skills and techniques I learned and would like to thank FYI for the amazing work they are doing!"
Upcoming Webinar! Formal and Informal Mentoring: Strengthening Networks of Support for Young People https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5703737822458988801
"I feel bad for marital communication, because everyone gangs up on him, when the truth is, on the playground of marriage, he's just reacting to one of the other troublemakers who started the fight:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-m-flanagan/the-9-most-overlooked-thr_b_5972534.html
Monday morning humor: Focus on positive communication because constantly complaining may result in losing more than you intended
Friday Fun: How is media impacting you and your family? Watch and discuss Consuming kids: the commercialization of childhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maeXjey_FGA . A discussion guide for youth workers who choose to use this movie in their programming: http://www.mediaed.org/assets/products/134/studyguide_134.pdf
If you're a youth worker, MSA leader, Girl/Boy Scout leader, teacher, halaqa leader, or a mentor to youth in any setting, then this workshop is for you! Mentoring Muslim Youth - Two-Day Interactive Workshop MAS - DC Chapter in Alexandria, Virginia Saturday, December 6th from 9 am - 5 pm. Sunday, December 7th from 9 am - 2 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.masdc.org.