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In our Spring 2008 Children of September Newsletter, we are using an electronic format for the first time. We feel this will allow us to provide our membership with the same informative and helpful information as in the past, but in a more timely and efficient manner.
This edition of the newsletter contains information about summer camp opportunities as well as articles highlighting the activities of young people around the country. We invite you to read about young people and adults who have channeled their concerns and losses since September 11 into creative and productive community activities. You will also find resources detailing new summer camp programs specifically focused on the needs of young people who lost loved ones on 9/11 or in other terror attacks.
As always, we hope the articles you find here are informative and useful.
High School Students Study Principles of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
In partnership with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Joppatowne High School in Maryland has developed a three year course to offer students a basic grounding in the principles of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The program, which runs from sophomore to senior year and is designed to offer students an introduction to careers in Homeland Security, includes three core tracks:
- Science, engineering, and technology
- Homeland security sciences with health and human services
- Criminal justice/law enforcement
Although praised by some law enforcement officials, the program has been questioned by some educators as presenting the risk of indoctrinating students. Click here to read about the program.
A New Jersey Mom Who Lost Her Husband on 9/11 Opens a Youth Development Center
Maureen Tieri of Shrewsbury whose husband died in the World Trade Center, has opened a youth development center that hosts after-school programs for children and teens. Ms. Tieri speaks of wanting to contribute to young people and give something back to the community that helped her and her children after their father's death. The Center offers after school activities for ages 7 - 18. The programs include fitness classes, nutritional advice, help with school work and more. Click here to read an article about the center in the Asbury Park Press. To visit the center's webpage go to: http://www.summityouth.org
Check Out Teen Ink
Teen Ink is an online National Magazine and website. It was created to give young people an opportunity to express themselves by publishing fiction, non-fiction and art work submitted by readers. All the poetry, creative writing, and artwork found on Teen Ink is written by teens across the country. Teen Ink has published works by more than 25,000 teen age authors. The subject matter ranges from fiction and poetry, movie and book reviews, sports, articles on the environment, current events, politics and more. The magazine also offers online writing contests and courses. Any young person with an interest in literature or art will find something of interest on this website. To read a sample of writing submitted by a contributor, visit the link below. It offers and article titled Reaching Beyond 9/11 - a non-fiction account of one teen's reaction to the terror attacks of September11.
To visit the Teen Ink Home Page, click here: http://www.teenink.com
National Volunteer Week April 27 - May 3, 2008
April 27 to May 3, 2008 has been designated as National Volunteer week by President Bush. National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order to establish the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every year since that time, each U.S. President, along with many governors, mayors and other elected officials, has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.
Volunteering time and service to others has been shown to be one way that families can encourage connectedness and participation in the world around us - two factors which help develop resiliency in all family members. A volunteer experience shared by family members, involves spending time together, the modeling of values and compassion, fostering and strengthening relationships, and building a sense of self worth. Family volunteerism offers an opportunity for parents to build their relationship with and promote resiliency in their children by:
- teaching positive values
- demonstrating the value of teamwork and cooperation
- stressing the importance of being connected to a larger community
- offering children an opportunity to discover their individual skills and strengths by giving themselves to the community
Taking advantage of opportunities to give something back to our communities and neighbors can empower us by increasing our sense of self worth, responsibility, competence and social connectedness. To learn more about National Volunteer Week and how you can participate visit the websites below:
This is a nationwide network of young people who want to make a difference in their communities.
Changing the world, one good deed at a time.
The Youth Volunteer Corps of America's mission is to create volunteer opportunities and address community needs.
Points of Light engages volunteers in meaningful opportunities to address serious societal issues and help build all facets of community. They help connect agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.
Programs & Activities
New Summer Camp Programs
Families of September 11 has recently learned of two new summer camp opportunities available to children who experienced the loss of a relative as the result of the 9/11 terror attacks. For more information on summer camp opportunities, please visit the Children of September 11 webpages.
A bereavement camp for children between ages 6 and 17. The Moyer Foundation, created by Major League All-Star pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, developed and funds Camp Erin. The program, which has eighteen sites throughout the country is free and provides weekend long experiences with traditional camp activities. The Moyer Foundation partners with local hospice and grief counseling organizations in the communities where the camps exist. Because these organizations are seeing and treating grieving children everyday, they act as the natural camp hosts and registration points for Camp Erins in those communities. Visit the website for information.
Project Common Bond
Remember. Honor. Hope.
Tuesday's Children is an organization which focuses on fostering resiliency in families bereaved by 9/11. They have developed Project Common Bond a unique international summer camp experience which will bring together teens from around the world who have lost loved ones as a result of terrorism. Participants will engage in activities designed to foster trust, cooperation and communication through arts, music and sports, take part in a community service project, and initiate meaningful discussion on global issues. Project Common Bond takes place from Sunday, August 17 to Monday August 25, 2008 at Camp Walden in upstate New York, in the town of Bolton, approximately 3 1/2 hours from New York City. There is no cost to attend the camp. For more information and registration contact: Kathy Murphy at Tuesdays Children @ (516) 562-9000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read the informational flyer here.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.
The Children of September 11 (COS11) webpage is part of the Families of September 11, Inc. website. COS11 was developed to support the healing process for children affected by trauma. It offers relevant resources and information for parents, caregivers, and advocates of children affected by 9/11. COS11 provides links to emotional support websites, information on scholarships and camps, websites specifically for children, as well as resources on 9/11 curriculum, school safety, and other 9/11 organizations that provide support to children.
Families of September 11 is an accredited charity and is a member of the Seal Program, which indicates that our organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. For more information about the Standards, please visit the BBB of Metro New York's website at http://www.newyork.bbb.org/.
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