Kids Who Care is thrilled to announce they are a recipient of a Phoenix Suns Charities Program Grant. This year’s grant will help fund our first Empathy Expert training program taking place at Central High School. 9th graders from Central’s JAG program will be trained in communication, coping, and advocacy skills so they can help themselves and other teens cope with stress from school, home, and friends. Our Empathy Experts also learn the importance of empathy, compassion, kindness and mindfulness so they are best able to support their peers when times get tough.
So far students have practiced empathy and compassion skills by decorating encouragement cards and donating blankets to children in foster care through Arizona Helping Hands. They created a video for Arizona Veterans, and shared “good luck on finals” messages to over 2,500 fellow Central high school students.
10th grade AVID students at Central High School are showing their support for children in Foster Care by sending them Valentine’s Day Cards.
Barbara Greenberg from Kids Who Care and Jill Richards from Global Family Philanthropy had the pleasure of working with the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Zuni Hills Elementary School. The students wanted to help homeless children. After doing some research about the needs of homeless kids, their idea was to collect socks! However, the NJHS students got creative and introduced Sock Spirit Week at school to encourage the entire school to donate socks. “We made posters to tell our friends that every day was a different theme,” said Dante, the club’s President. “One day was for holiday socks, one day for super hero socks, and another day for sports socks.” The NJHS collected and donated 608 pairs of socks for the students at Children First Academy.
It is with great pleasure that we announce our new Kids Who Care Empathy Experts!
After seven months of study, several students from Central High School’s JAG program have been selected to be our new Empathy Experts. These students have shown exemplary empathy, kindness, and compassion by completing several service-learning projects, demonstrating leadership skills in their class, and practicing newly learned coping skills for managing stress.
Their next task is to hone their communication skills so they are better able to help their peers find healthy ways to manage stress from home, school and friends. Look for new pictures and updates from the students!!
Preparing Arizona students for college, career and life
Across the state, Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards are being implemented to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life. To support their implementation, the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force – an independently formed statewide collaborative of more than 30 organizations – has worked in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education to provide information and resources to parents, educators, students and business leaders about the standards. The Task Force has also created the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards Communications Tool Kit that provides superintendents, principals, teachers and other community leaders with the tools to communicate to families and community members about the standards.
To learn more about Arizona’s Common Core Standards, follow this link to the Arizona Department of Education’s website: www.azed.gov/azccrs/
Middle School students from Sheely Farms in Tolleson used their organization and communication skills to address a specific social issue affecting their community – hunger. After watching the film “Pay It Forward” and brainstorming some ideas about how to feed homeless people in their neighborhood, the group identified and contacted Hope Coach of the Phoenix Rescue Mission. With the grant money they received from Kids Who Care, the students purchased supplies and prepared over 100 sack lunches for Hope Coach. In addition, the students held a canned food drive. They made announcements throughout the school on posters and in school assemblies. Hundreds of cans were collected and donated.
Juniors and Seniors from the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa used their computer graphic and communication skills to design computer-generated public service announcements that addressed the issues of underage drunk driving, pollution and the need for more safe places to skateboard.
Students at Central High School are finding that animals, even an Indigo Macaw, can help kids build reading skills.
May, 2015 — Students from Central’s JAG program, a class that supports academic success, are finding that animals provide service to humans! Our friends from Paws2Read can make a difference in the real world.
” The real life implications of this project have given our student’s the opportunity to invest in something that means more than just a grade, said Vicky Gonzales, JAG coordinator. “This has given them the opportunity to really step up and show what they are capable of accomplishing. “
High School students at the East Valley of Institute of Technology (EVIT) raised over $700 for Arizona’s branch of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The students invited Megan Brauner and Alexa Forkner from LLS to speak about their mission, research and finding a cure for blood cancers. Proceeds from ticket sales to their prom were donated to LLS.