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.
Marriage Prep Toolkit – Research shows that marriage education increases marital satisfaction and spousal commitment, and reduces conflict and odds of divorce. The FYI Marriage Prep Toolkit was developed to help people prepare for the commitment of a lifetime. This toolkit can be a guide in identifying personal expectations around marriage, navigating courtship, determining compatibility, and making the decision to marry. The FYI Marriage Prep Toolkit is based on Islamic principles but can be useful for anyone seeking resources to prepare for a strong and healthy marriage.
Ramadan Readiness Toolkit – Ramadan is a month of spiritual renewal and self-discipline–a path that is characterized by struggles and challenges that are unique to each person. Sometimes, those unique struggles can get in the way of making the most out of Ramadan. The Family and Youth Institute has prepared this Toolkit with practical tips on how to nourish your spiritual selves while simultaneously managing the realities of your daily lives during this blessed month.
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.
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.
Infant Mental Health Toolkit – Do you ever wonder what goes on in your baby’s mind? Are you worried about being a good parent to your young child? During the early years of life, babies are forging their first relationships and developing emotionally, socially, and cognitively, which serve as the foundation for the rest of their lives. Through these pivotal years, how can you make sure your child grows to become the best version of herself? This toolkit addresses Infant Mental Health, an integral component of raising a healthy child, and provides readings and practical tips for you to better understand your child, foster a positive parent-child relationship, and exercise personal self-care.
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.
Tragic Event Toolkit – It can be overwhelming to think about how to discuss a tragic event with your children. You may be feeling anxious and struggling to try to make sense of things yourself. Remember what you do have control over and focus on that. Resources in this toolkit 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.
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