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Against the Odds

Against the Odds Scholarship Recipient

You can make it if you try!  We are pleased to award Malachi Swindler a Scholarship to apply towards his academics at North Carolina A&T State University.  He is all settled in at college and working towards an Engineering Degree.

We have watched Malachi’s journey, provided mentoring services, supported him with referrals when needed and has been his biggest cheerleader.  What makes this award so special is that he became known to us as a boy who wanted direction and sort out help from two partners with Pitt County Family Development Corp.

It's All About our ABC's

   


It's All About Attitude!   Let us work on our ABC’s

Attitude and Behavior Challenge us to be our best self.

Merriam Webster defines attitude, behavior and challenge in the following way:
Attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior.
Behavior is the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others.
A Challenge is something that puts you to the test — like standing up for oneself.

Encourage Yourself

You were made to sparkle.  So encourage yourself.  Positive self talk can go a long way.

You are not the only fish in the sea traveling upstream.  You can stand out by being you.  The trick is to find your stride, put one arm in front of you and sail with the school of fish.  Remember, you are not alone.  

Here are some quotes to get you sailing:  

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”– J.K. Rowling

Virtual Learning and a Parent Super Power

Discipline, A Parent Super Power

Parents, students and school personnel survived the first week of school.  Congratulations to all of you.  

To the parents who opted to do virtual learning this semester, discipline is going to be your super power.  So what is discipline?  Getting up on time, have breakfast, get school dressed, have homework done and play attention as if your child was in class physically.  Parents must take the lead in this type of discipline.  If children  think they can negotiate with their parents to not complete assignments, not log on to their class or decide to play electronic games, you are losing.

Collaboration in the Age of Covid-19

The Woodson Center

Pitt County Family Development Corporation, Inc., is proud to be a part of this organization.   The Woodson Center works with nonprofits to empower leaders through resources, to access funding, provide leadership development training and technical assistance to uplift neighborhoods.

It is exciting to come together via Zoom to talk with other nonprofits and to hear about programs and projects they are undertaking.  It is through this type of engagement that nonprofits feel inspired rather than feeling they are alone with the needs being so great.

Practice the FIVE

It's School Time! Make it a SAFE Year.

Parents it is time to send your children back to school.  This year is going to be different than ever before. Students will have anxieties about classes, meeting new classmates, additionally this year safety is at the forefront.  Begin talking with your children about hygiene issues.  Of course bathing, fresh clothing, brushing teeth and now doing The Five.  These five behaviors can keep your child safe.  

In school, students practice fire drills.  These exercises help children get out of dangerous environments.  At home, practice The Five:  Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, Don't touch your face, stay 6 feet apart and if your child is feeling sick, please keep them home.

Zoom Etiquette


Etiquette: Zoom meetings

As we turn to video conferencing more, there are some ground rules and etiquette we should adhere to. 
 
Proper dress!
Dress for the job you have, not the job you want.  Do not wear your pajamas.
When you are participating on a Zoom platform, put on professional-looking attire.

Stage your video area.
Keep in mind that people do not just see you, they are also seeing whatever the camera is pointed at behind you. Maybe arrange it so that your camera is not facing towards a pile of unfolded laundry?

It's Okay to Care for Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

July is Mental Health Awareness Month.

We know that there are times when we are just not okay.  Please know that it's normal and it's okay.  We need to learn how to take care of ourselves, reach out to professionals if need be. 
 
Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., states that It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick. Learning how to eat right, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are touchstones of self-care and can help you stay healthy, happy, and 

RULES TO TEACH YOUR SON:


RULES TO TEACH YOUR SON:

1. Never shake a man’s hand, sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or don’t play at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

Police & Youth Encounter



Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival 
 
1. Be polite and respectful when stopped by the police. Keep your mouth closed.
2. Remember that your goal is to get home safely. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you and your parents have the right to file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction.
3. Don’t, under any circumstance, get into an argument with the police.
4. Always remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in court.