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PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS

Wisdom, Wellness & Wealth Program

Wisdom, Wellness & Wealth Program provides education and cultural seminars and workshops for community members.  The program hosts speakers and experts on a variety of topics curated to meet the needs of the community.  Topics range from mindfulness to healthy eating, to money management.  These interactive sessions allow participants to engage in discussions, solutions development, and problem-solving to achieve individual and community goals.

You are welcome to join our upcoming events &

Watch recordings of past events.

Sewing For The S.O.U.L.

Sewing for the S.O.U.L. is an introductory sewing program that introduces the art of sewing and partners it with invaluable life skills.  We believe that sewing is not just a craft but a transformative journey that parallels personal development and leadership.  Our program is designed to compare and align the creative processes, discipline, and patience required to complete sewing projects with the essential skills needed in various facets of life.

We are committed to fostering self-expression, opportunity, unity, and leadership (S.O.U.L.) through the tradition of sewing.  Whether you aspire to utilize these newfound skills to join the growing community of artisans sewing for income, secure employment, or simply find solace and personal fulfilment, we are dedicated to nurturing a skill that will accompany you throughout your lifetime.

Through our program, we aim to enhance creativity, cultivate discipline, foster unity, nurture leadership and promote lifelong learning.  We aspire to create a vibrant community of skilled makers who not only create beautiful items but also thrive as productive, disciplined, and compassionate leaders in their own lives and communities.

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SpREAD the Word Community Literacy Program

SpREAD the Word aims to promote reading, learning, and positive social growth through culturally and developmentally appropriate literacy programming for children and their caregivers. Disturbingly, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports that only 33% of 4th graders, 31% of 8th graders, and 37%  of 12th graders in public schools can read at or above proficient standards. For Black students that percentage drops to approximately 16%. Our SpREAD the Word initiative encourages reading by creating a cadre of volunteers who engage young learners in reading and writing activities. The initiative offers a series of integrated literacy "fests" focused on the 4Cs of literacy – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Activities for parents and children include:

 

📖 Sponsoring book drives to provide home libraries with a minimum of 10 age-appropriate and culturally diverse books for children participating in Head Start and Family Child Care programs.  Decades of research with children of all ages, in varied socioeconomic and cultural groups, reveal that access to books in the home is one of the strongest predictors of educational achievement. When there are fewer than 10 books at home, less than 15% of students have proficient reading scores. Children with access to a larger number of books in their home have a higher motivation for reading, a more positive attitude toward reading, and increased reading competency.

📖 Developing and conducting a series of SpREAD the Word Forums and Workshops with early learning, elementary school, and  community-based programs that encourage parents to establish home libraries and read to their children.

 

📖 Hosting SpREAD the Word Reading Festivals to cultivate a passion for reading and learning at an early age, including book distribution, interactive story-telling, and hands-on workshops.

 

📖 Installing SpREAD the Word Mini Libraries at informal settings such as barbershops, salons, and other community-based groups to  encourage personal and social reading by children and adults.

To support this initiative visit our Spread the Word - Book Drive page!

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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
- African Proverb

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