Mindfulness Without Borders is a non-progit organization that offers effective strategies and tools to enhance social-emotional intelligence and mindful awareness by seeding conversations on social and emotional competencies that are vital for coping with the stresses of an increasingly complex world. The Center is fortunate to identify itself with Mindfulness Without Borders as we share a commitment to developing a shared language of compassion and peace in our neighborhood, particularly among our youth, where people of all cultures can support one another and live together mindful of our shared humanity.
The program objectives reinforce character qualities that enhance ethical and engaged citizenship through a practice of values and virtues that promote healthy relationships and a successful, happy and meaningful life. Members will meet for twelve council lessons that connect inborn intelligence to social, emotional and leadership skills as they learn simple steps to bring mindfulness into their day-to-day lives.
The Center’s pilot ambassador council has graduated successfully and we are extending an invitation to youth grades 9-12 to join the January council. The ambassadorship will begin Monday January 9th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Registration is now open to students residing in Maplewood/South Orange grades 9-12. To reserve your child’s seat, please contact email@example.com or call 973.762.4062.
We See The World Global Peer Mentoring Project is a collaboration between Communities in Schools of New Jersey Mentoring Success Center and YouthWorks CIC in Belfast, Ireland. Students grades 9-12 who reside in Maplewood South Orange are eligible to participate in this wonderful program which will bring together youth from across the globe. This initiative will allow and encourage students to share experiences and learn through video conferencing, social media video and other technology.
Thomas Owens of Communities in Schools of New Jersey and Stephen Hughes of Belfast, Ireland met nearly 2 years ago when Stephen’s YouthWorks team visited Newark. Finding common ground, both were committed to creating an innovative and engaging youth project using the powerful tools of technology. Together they launched “We See The World” and, through HK Community Fund (a community based charity located in Maplewood), have invited the youth of Maplewood and South Orange to join the project which launched on September 21, 2010 joining youth from Belfast, Ireland; Newark, New Jersey; Phoenix, Arizona and Dayton, Ohio.
According to Owens, every six weeks, all the students in the program come together in a video-conference town hall meeting and discuss various topics. One topic for the meeting is then selected by a “board” under the guidance of Owens. The students go off in their groups, armed with a flip camera, to create a 3-5 minute video on the chosen topic. The videos are then viewed by the leaders and broken down and also posted to the website. The kids are brought together again in another video-conference to discuss the results. New topics will be introduced every six weeks, each culminating in a “virtual town hall” with all participants.
Tom Kerns, founder and president of the HK Community Fund, and Director Stephanie Jelley of the HK Foundations Center of Maplewood & South Orange are both excited and honored that the youth of our community were selected as one of the pilot cities. “It is an honor that they have selected our youth.”, said Kerns. “Our diverse population and proximity to New York City make the youth of Maplewood South Orange and ideal group to participate in this global program. This is a great opportunity for our youth to find out what we all have in common, instead of focusing on what divides us. It is another way for our youth to continue to enhance their sense of self and to develop their sense of belonging.”
Jelley is excited to bring the project into its second season and believes the opportunity for our youth to engage in thought provoking dialogue will bring about positive change; “It is my hope that this program will enhance our youth’s understanding of the many challenges and issues all youth face in the 21st Century. Sharing their lives through intellectual discourse will, not only help make our youth aware of the concerns of others around the globe, it will give them a chance to tell their stories”. She goes on to say; “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our youth can find commonality rather than to focus on the differences that too often leads to bigotry. When we find what we have in common, acceptance is not far behind.”
Students will meet each Wednesday beginning January 4th from 3:30-5:00 pm to discuss the topics posted under the guidance of Stephanie Jelley, Director of the HK Foundations Center and Shannon Brantley, program advisor to the HK Foundations Center and will develop video content for upload and participation in the project.
Youth residing in Maplewood and South Orange are encouraged to visit The Center or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details of this program. Those who show an interest in this project will be interviewed and 20 students will be selected to participate. It is anticipated that the 20 dedicated students will be selected by September 9th. The criteria for eligibility are:
• eligibility to the South Orange-Maplewood school district (you do not need to be enrolled in the district, just eligible to do so)
• high school students grades 9-12
• the willingness and ability to give 5 hours of community service over the course of the school year
iMovie Grades 6-8 Filmmaking challenges young people to tell a story with moving images. In this 5 week workshop for students grades 6-8, youth will partner and create up to three minutes of film on a topic of their choice. Students begin on day one working with digital cameras and learning the fundamentals of directing films. Hands-on classes in editing and production cover a portion of the creative and technical demands of storytelling with moving images.
In the five-week program each student will write, direct and edit his or her own short films which will be uploaded to the HK Foundations Center’s site for all to see.
For further information on this program, please contact Stephanie Jelley at 973.762.4062 or email email@example.com
Registration is now open. The Center is conveniently located at 515 Valley Street, Suite 130, Maplewood
For further information, please contact Stephanie Jelley, Director HK Foundations Center, 973.762.4062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center is located at 515 Valley Street Suite 130Maplewood, NJ 07040