The Family and Youth Institute has gathered resources for the following areas and produced them in the form of a toolkit. We hope that you will find these resources useful during times of need. Each of the toolkits includes links to a host of resources based on the topic area.
Elder Care Toolkit – Are you a member of the Sandwich Generation? Are you both caring for your elderly parent(s) and your not-yet-grown children? This toolkit provides some guiding tips for raising concerns with your family about an elderly parent’s need for care. It includes resources to help family members identify changes that their parents or close relatives may experience as they age, as well as guidance in sharing in the responsibility of caretaking. Lastly, the toolkit highlights the importance of self-care for a primary caregiver and provides strategies to avoid burnout.
Digital Parenting Toolkit – Technology changes almost as fast as children grow! Based on community feedback we researched and designed this toolkit with parents in mind! This parenting resource will be handy to have as the newest app takes over your lives and you try to figure out how to balance all the devices in your home. From safety steps to dangerous apps to how to commit as a family to a more balanced approach to social media consumption, this guide is for you!
Religious/Spiritual Abuse Toolkit – Spiritual Abuse, which is also sometimes called religious abuse, is mistreatment inflicted on others using the excuse or rationale of religion, faith, or spirituality. It is important to recognize the signs of this type of abuse, know how to get or provide help, and avoid blaming the victim when these incidences occur. Below, we have outlined a list of resources to help inform our community.
Suicide Prevention Toolkit – In recognition of 2017’s National Suicide Prevention Week, The FYI set out to create comprehensive and culturally specific resources addressing suicide risks, intervention, assessment, and prevention. This thorough resource includes information specific to teens, parents, survivors of suicide attempts, their families, survivors of suicide loss, a section for mental health professionals, imams, educators, and additional resources including infographics, videos, and help-lines.
Bullying Prevention Toolkit – This toolkit offers a variety of resources for parents, school administrators and youth themselves to address and build protective factors against bullying and anti-Muslim sentiment. The resources touch on a diverse array of topics such as coping strategies and legal advice and advice by age and child development stage.
Grief Support Toolkit – This toolkit offers a range of resources to help readers through understanding the process of grief. Whether you yourself are going through one of the many stages of grief, or you are looking to help and support another, this toolkit aims to help.
Post-Election Toolkit – You may be feeling anxious and struggling to try to make sense of the 2016 election results and implications on your family, your job, and even your bank account. Remember what you do have control over and focus on that! This toolkit was put together in the wake of the 2016 election after a season of rising anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobic rhetoric. Resources include tips on how to speak to your children about their concerns and fears, how to first deal with your own fears and anxieties, and also some spiritual and advocacy tips, among many others.