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Be A part of MMEN

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Be A Part of MMEN (Men Meeting Every Need). MMEN is a mentoring, college and career readiness program for young boys ages 8-18 years old (through high school graduation). The goal of the project is to educate and nurture young boys into becoming successful and educated young men, through cultural exposure, after school tutorials, etiquette classes, and college tours; developing positive peer relationships and self-esteem. The MMENs program is guided by seven (7) basic modules: 1) Self Esteem focusing on self-awareness, self-discovery, and learning to be positive about who you are 2) Health and Wellness-this module deals with health related issues to include, but not limited to, diabetes, skin and hair care, and genetic illnesses, etc. 3) Education-Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) is the educational focus this year. This module will focus on careers and educational programs and projects that have STEM base. Students will also tour colleges and universities throughout Georgia and the southeast. The boys will work on college application completion, entrance essays, academic support and other educationally based programs and projects. Participants will also learn how to budget and complete budgeting activities to prepare them for real world experiences. 4) Nutrition- this module concentrates on eating healthy and cooking nutritious meals that still meet the desires of the palate. The boys will learn how to cook healthy meals, learn how nutrition affects their health and learn how to shop for healthy foods in the grocery store. 5) Community Awareness- this modules emphasizes community service and giving back to the community and those that are in need. We will work with various community programs to include Build A Bridge, Second Harvest Food Bank, Union Mission, etc. so that the students can learn the value of giving back to the community. 6) Etiquette- This module focuses on grooming, table setting, treatment of ladies, etc. The young men will also learn how to participate in various types of conversations (politics, education, media, etc.) and public speaking as well. 7) Cultural Awareness- this module accentuates the diverseness of our culture and explores all cultures of the world through various activities. Through all the various activities and opportunities provided, young boys truly become MMEN! Sign Up Today!

Employment Skills

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BBF offers employment skills classes for those who are in search of jobs. The employment skills classes will include, but not be limited to resume development and writing, interviewing skills, completing job applications via paper and online, how to search for jobs in the community, how to keep and maintain a job, and what to wear to job interviews. The classes will be offered two times per month to women and anyone else in the community that wants to participate. The activity will take place at the agency office located in Garden City, Georgia. This activity furthers the BBF mission and purpose, as the program purpose is to close the gap of poverty and low socio-economic status for women and children. By providing women and others that wish to participate in the program with the necessary skills needed to secure and maintain employment, the agency is fostering independence from public assistance by helping participants to get a job and providing them with the skills needed to keep their jobs, causing an upward boost in the economy and economic stability in the home and in the community.

Summer Programs

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Summer programs for children 4-13 years old begin June 2014. Summer program includes field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, dance class, and academic courses. Cost is $75/week and includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Space is limited. Please call the office for more information or to reserve your child’s space. Before and after care for children 4-13 years old will begin August 2014. Children in attendance will be provided with homework and school project assistance, access to technology and internet, and a small adult to child ratio for individual and small group instruction. Cost is $40/week for children who attend both morning and afternoon sessions and $25 for one session. Program includes supper in the evenings. This activity furthers the BBF mission and purpose, as the program purpose is to close the gap of poverty and low socio-economic status for women and children. Providing after school tutorial for the purpose of increasing academic achievement in school will increase the student’s opportunity for academic advancement and decrease the likelihood of retention in a grade by the participant. Increasing academic achievement closes the poverty and socio-economic gap by affording students with high academic achievement the opportunity to go to college, perhaps receiving scholarships, and obtaining a college degree. With a college or technical degree, students have a better chance of getting a job that will pay above the poverty level, keeping them out of poverty and a low socio-economic status.

Credit Counseling

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Classes to Women who would like to clean up their credit and remove derogatory, negative, and incorrect information from their credit report for the purpose of becoming home owners. This activity will take palce twice a month in Garden City, Georgia at the BBF Office. This activity furthers the BBF exempt purpose, as the program purpose is to close the gap of poverty and low socio-economic status for women and children. By providing this service, free of charge to program participants, program participants have a chance at becoming home owners in the community, raising the area’s economy and providing stability to area residents.

– Life Skills Classes – an introductory program divided into three week modules. Clients participate in classes designed to provide a foundation of soft skills as part of their transition to employment and independence. Goals include an introductory exposure to soft skills that support a client’s ability to: seek and secure employment, heighten awareness of personal interactions that may impact, and expand and enhance interpersonal, personal management, and practical living skills that increase potential for living more independently. The program incorporates living and learning environment to build on and provide opportunities to practice and apply learned skills in the following areas: employment, interpersonal, personal management, and practical living skills. Call for more information or to register for the next class

Become A DIVA

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DIVAs promote sustainable, high-quality, out-of-school time for girls in middle and high school, ages 12-17 years old, through advocacy, mentoring, and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Chatham County’s young girls, youth, and families. DIVA is an after-school and mentorship program. The goal of the project is to educate and nurture young women into becoming successful and educated young ladies, through cultural exposure, after school tutorials, etiquette classes, and college tours; developing positive peer relationships and self-esteem. The anticipated outcome for participants is successful matriculation through school courses, completion of the DIVA program at the end of the two-year period demonstrated through program attendance, attendance to leadership and/or advocacy conferences or camps for adolescents and teens, and exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. DIVAs will create workshops grounded in principles of diversity, culturally-relevant expertise, and collaborative leadership to advocate for improved laws, policies, and government funding to fulfill the needs of and creating change for the most vulnerable adolescent girls. The DIVA program will build and foster relationships in the community with area businesses whose focus is in the STEM career fields. DIVAs will also work with community colleges to provide the girls with an opportunity for tours, audit of college courses, and sessions on financial aid and admission requirements. DIVAs will also make contact with colleges in the state to orchestrate tours and admission requirement sessions. DIVAs will also develop relationships with community elected officials for the girls to observe and possibly participate in city and county council sessions to understand the legislative process. DIVAs will also develop a partnership with area churches, schools, and other community organizations. This coalition is appropriate for the project because it gives the girls the opportunity to make career choices in the STEM fields which is an increasingly growing field for advancement. Participating in college visits gives the girls the chance to see what post- secondary options are available for those choosing the STEM fields as well as those choosing other career choices. Auditing a college course allows girls to get a “real world” experience for participating in a college course. College tours with financial aid and admission sessions prepare the girls for academic and financial requirements for post-secondary obligations. Attendance to city and county council sessions afford the girls the knowledge needed for self- advocacy with regards to programs and services needed in their community and to understand the legislative process. DIVAs goals include: 1) increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of participating girls 2) Increase the rate of girls matriculating to the next grade level 3) increase the level of cultural and STEM exposure to girls 4) Increase the number of girls who have knowledge of and demonstrate necessary academic preparation for college 5) Increase the number of girls who have increased self-esteem.

2015-01-10_10.43.11DIVA meeting with guest speaker Valerie Williams