Posted in BOOST Breakfast Club on December 10, 2013 by Diego Arancibia
"If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth." - African Proverb
In traditional societies, parents would send their children outside of their immediate family to an 'elder' in order for the child to begin a rites of passage. This rites of passage gave them the opportunity to learn the social norms and mores and join the larger community. Our programs, in many ways, have become this community of 'elders'. Which could be scary...how many of us really consider ourselves 'elders'? And when I reflect on this, my experience has shown me that though these 'rites of passages' exist in our programs, they for the most part remain a latent aspect. Now imagine when this aspect of programming is powered with intentionality. This intentionality can be focused in four areas:
Posted in BOOST Breakfast Club on December 03, 2013 by Jamaine Smith
Imagine with me, that 13 year old Steven walks through the door of your out of school time program. His thick eyebrows are furrowed over low eyes. His lips twisted into a sullen scowl. You excitedly greet him at the door with an extended hand. "Good Afternoon, Steven!!" He mumbles an unenthusiastic "Hi", limply shakes your extended hand, and walks away with hutched over shoulders. Clearly something is up. Now of course you can check in with Steven by asking him if he is okay: "No" he replies. "Do you want to talk about it?" He hesitates then whispers "No." You reply with an "Okay", but you can also try the following Arts-based check in:
In BuildaBridge classrooms we create an area that is stocked with some blank drawing paper, colored pencils or markers, books, music player and headphones, etc. We refer to this space as our "Peace" or "Thinking Corner" (however, you can feel free to call it whatever you would like). This space is ideal for student self-soothing, also known as emotional self-regulation, as students can utilize the space whenever they feel angry, tired, sad, anxious, etc. to help calm themselves down.
Posted in BOOST Breakfast Club on November 26, 2013 by Kristin
BOOST Collaborative's Program Manager Rachel Ruiz had the pleasure of interviewing Jack Andraka, a Maryland high school sophomore who at age 15 invented an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick-like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. He learned that the lack of a rapid, low-cost early screening method contributed to the poor survival rate among individuals with pancreatic cancer. After thinking further about the problem, he came up with a plan and a budget to put his ideas in motion. The diagnostic method he developed is more than 90 percent accurate in detecting the presence of pancreatic cancer's biomarker protein called mesothelin, and has earned him several prizes, awards, and recognitions.
What inspired you to pursue your research and what do you think youth can learn from your example?
Posted in BOOST Breakfast Club on November 22, 2013 by Tara Donahue
This year, I had an opportunity to help my sister set up her sixth grade classroom. Outside the door, she had the following poster:
T: Is it True?
H: Is it Helpful?
I: Is it Inspiring?
N: Is it Necessary?
K: Is it Kind?