Tips for Boosting Back to School Success

1. Set a schedule now New teachers, classmates, homework and other challenges may create some apprehension and nervousness during the first couple weeks of school. Stay positive and explain that some anxiety is normal and that everyone needs time to adjust to new things.
2. Shop for school supplies together Seeing all the new trends and designs that stores have to offer for back-to-school supplies can be really exciting for children. Allow them to personalize their supplies and feel excited about using them. A few new outfits also provide kids with a boost of encouragement and confidence for the new school year.
3. Hold a family celebration Start an annual tradition that celebrates the start of the school year. For exam-ple, have a family cookout with hotdogs and s’mores tarts. This helps build excitement for the new school year, but also gives them a relaxed setting to talk about any back-to-school anxiety they may be feeling.
4. Set up a homework area This area should be organized, quiet and well-lit. You should also allow your child to personalize this space to make it more appealing and fun, without pro-viding distractions.
5. Stock up on a variety of sensible, wholesome, non-perishable snacks.

August 9, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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July 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Jerry Finn receives Indiana University Southeast Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations to Jerry Finn, Executive Director of the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and a long time youth advocate.  A founding member of the Youth Count initiative, was recently named this year’s Indiana University Southeast Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Finn received two undergraduate degrees from IU Southeast, where he said the confidence from staff members helped drive what he does now.  Jerry also serves on the New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation, is a member of the Governance and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana Steering Committee.

June 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

Valuable Tips: Children & Youth After Disasters

Tornados ripped through several Southern Indiana communities on March 2, 2012, causing devastating destruction: loss of home, schools, properties, and businesses, as well injuries and loss of lives.   People both locally and nationally are reaching out to those affected.  Especially remember our children and youth a this time.  Dr. Robin H. Gurwitch, an expert in working with children who’ve experienced disaster, shares several valuable resources that provide Psychological First Aid (PFA).  Click to read tips in “Listen, Protect, and Connect – Family to Family and Neighbor to Neighbor” (PFA for the community helping each other), in “Listen, Protect, and Connect – Model and Teach” (PFA for students and teachers), and in “Listen, Protect, and Connect” (PFA for children, parents, and other care-givers after natural disasters).

March 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Thanksgiving: I’m thankful …!

In this week of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for faith, family, and friends.  I’m grateful for our children and youth – their shining eyes, their keen minds, their enthusiasm, sense of awe, and belief that all things are possible.  In our world, not all of our children possess the attributes just described and that makes me incredibly grateful for you – the people who care so much for ALL our young people, regardless of their advantages and disadvantages.  You work tirelessly and fearlessly to help ensure that our youth are cared for, supported, safe, and have opportunities to succeed.  Thank you!  I wish you a bountiful Thanksgiving.  Barb


November 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Honoring Veteran’s Day: Floyd Central HS Assembly

Student Lauren McNeeley emceed today’s FCHS Veteran’s Day Assembly.  Read the message, personalized from President Obama’s 2010 Veteran’s Day Proclamation.  You may wish to use it to talk with young people in your life about the meaning of Veteran’s Day.

November 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Floyd County Selected as One of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Youth


America’s Promise Alliance

Youth Count hosted a “Watch Party” today to view a live webcast from America’s Promise Alliance in which Floyd County selection as a 2011 Winning Community was announced.  Read more on our “News” page.

October 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

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