As Boston area children head back to school under very different circumstances, Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) continues to deliver critical services this fall to thousands of youth in the Greater Boston Area. Taking the lessons they learned from running 11 virtual summer camps, PBHA staff and volunteers are working with public schools and after-school programs to provide academic and social emotional support services to local youth.PBHA has a long history of working with vulnerable populations, and have sustained the ongoing commitment from students, staff, and volunteers during the pandemic to support virtual learning.Staff members, student leaders, and PBHA alumni volunteers individually programmed iPads and Google Chromebooks for every camper. They made home deliveries to campers along with wellness kits, and academic and art supplies.Led by 100 college student directors and senior counselors, and 70 local high school student junior counselors, campers ranging in ages from 5-19 learned in Zoom classrooms for five weeks of camp. Attendance for campers exceeded 90 percent and more than 100 camper families were directly supported with food security needs.Campers and guardians shared that the new format particularly connected with students who struggled with distance learning in the late spring. With an intention of not being on Zoom all day, counselors led campers in time away from screens, encouraging them to create chalk drawings, build zoology habitats after learning about animals, and pursue themed art projects and return back to Zoom to present to their classmates and senior counselors. Campers participated in book clubs and special interest clubs and many camps started the day with guided yoga.A key part of PBHA’s youth programs involve guidance in social and emotional learning. Counselors shared how important the topic was this year and how they were able to present on mental health and emotions to campers. Fahedur Fahed ‘22, a director for the Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program said, “You can talk about your feelings at any age and be equipped with the tools to deal with whatever you may be going through. That was really special to see, having mental health at the forefront starting from a young age.”PBHA is reimagining fall programming by staying true to their mission of being present for the communities they serve. “Our goal and commitment to be there for our families remains the same,” PBHA President Meherina Khan ‘21 said. “In these times where so much is changing, I believe that opportunities for students to creatively meet critical needs and gaps in resources, promote social awareness, and advocate for structural change feels even more resonant.”There are dozens of opportunities for current students to serve with PBHA this fall in mentorship, adult services, advocacy, and after-school service areas as more than 40 programs are running with new remote service plans. Learn more and sign up to serve at pbha.org.
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Media Release – American College of Pediatricians 6 February 2015According to a review published by the American Psychological Association, the link between children’s exposure to violent media and violent behavior in real life “is stronger than the relationship between calcium intake and bone mass; stronger than the relationship between condom use and the risk of contracting HIV; and stronger than the exposure to second-hand smoke and the risk of lung cancer.”With the increased production of video games, television programs and movies laden with all forms of violence, the American College of Pediatricians urges parents to be ever more vigilant and to teach their children to be discriminating about the media they view. A prime example is the soon to be released film Fifty Shades of Grey. The movie is based upon the novel by the same name which is the first in a best-selling trilogy. The novel portrays a relationship between a 28 year old mega-millionaire, Christian Grey, and a 22 year old college student and virgin, Anastasia Steele. Central to their relationship, however, is the normalization of dating violence, intimate partner violence (IPV) and the romanticizing of bondage, submission and sadomasochism (BDSM). Due to the well documented association between adolescents viewing violence and sexual behavior in the media and then engaging in those risky behaviorsB, it is imperative parents “immunize” their children and adolescents against the toxic messages in this series of novels and film.Dr. Amy Bonomi and colleagues analyzed Fifty Shades of Grey the novel for episodes of IPV using criteria from the CDC and Smith’s conceptualization of perceived threat, managing, altered identity, yearning, entrapment and dis-empowerment experienced by abused women.C These researchers found evidence of emotional abuse in almost every encounter between the two main characters. Examples included stalking, intimidation and isolation. They found sexual violence to be “pervasive” starting with Christian’s use of alcohol to compromise Ana’s consent to engage in a sexual relationship. Furthermore, they documented that Ana demonstrates reactions experienced by abused women: constant perceived threat, an altered identity and stressful managing. They conclude that the character of Ana, with whom young women come to identify, “becomes dis-empowered and entrapped in the relationship as her behaviors become mechanized in response to Christian’s abuse.”http://www.acpeds.org/fifty-shades-of-wrong-media-influences-children
“You have to bring your best players to the World Cup. It is not a competition you attend with just any player,” the coach reasoned.With interest being shown by many players eligible to play for Nigeria and positive discussions with some Nigerian players in the NBA, G-league and across Europe, selecting the best will be a priority task for the coaching crew.“There will be a try out. We have to go through our list, see each position and see who is going to be best for each position. There are so many young players in the US and the NBA that we want to integrate into the system.”He promised that every quality player will be given a fair chance to fight for a shirt during the camping exercise expected to start soon.“Being in those camps, we will re-assess those players who played the different windows and that will give us a good chance to see those new players that we will be taking to the World Cup and hopefully those we will use in the future.”According to the tournament schedule released by Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) on Monday, D’Tigers will start their campaign against Russia on Saturday, August 31 before taking on Argentina on September 2 in Wuhan.Their final group game will be against South Korea on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team Head Coach, Alex Nwora has insisted that only Nigeria’s best players will be selected in D’Tigers’ squad to the 2019 FIBA World Cup for men.Nwora’s announcement followed weekend’s draw that pitted Nigeria against Russia, Argentina and South Korea in Group B. He said that the World Cup is only deserving of the best materials that the country can boast of.The coach who led Nigeria to becoming the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup scheduled to be hosted in China said it’s time to go back to the drawing board after the euphoria of qualification. D’Tigers Head Coach, Alex Nwora
Asante Kotoko’s early exit from CAF Champions League has led to several criticisms from the club’s teeming fans, with some calling for the sack of Coach Masud Dramani and accused goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye of allowing in a “cheap goal” with five minutes to end the continental club assignment after accepting a bribe of about US$ 3,000 from Liberian club Barrack Young Controllers.But, following these fall outs, very few fans have not had the chance to witness the reaction of Kotoko players after the two time African champion was bundled out of the CAF Champions League.Below are some pictures for the fans……
By The Associated Press SOLANA BEACH – A car theft suspect led California Highway Patrol officers on a wild chase by car and foot that left traffic snarled for hours, a Mercedes-Benz in flames and a suspect bitten by a sheriff’s dog, authorities said. Officers saw the Mercedes speeding on southbound Interstate 5 on Saturday morning in northern San Diego County. They gave chase, but the driver refused to pull over, CHP officer Tom Kerns said. They learned during the chase that the Mercedes had been reported stolen from Orange County on Thursday. Officers on three motorcycles and in three cars chased the man, who reached speeds of 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 120 mph and clipped a pickup truck, Kerns said. Construction workers dived for cover as the driver ran the car into a building area in the freeway’s median. The car then burst into flames, Kerns said. The man fled through freeway traffic on foot, jumped a fence and ran into a house near the freeway. The CHP officers left their cars and ran after him. The Highway Patrol lost the man once he entered the house, and sheriff’s deputies were called in along with dogs, one of which found the man and bit him on the shoulder before he was arrested, Kerns said. He was taken to a hospital and then booked into jail. Authorities said no one was injured in the chase.