EMPOWERING MINDS MESSENGER
SEPTEMBER 2017
September is here and with it the new school year is starting and the autumnal equinox is on its way. It's time to dust off your sweaters and jackets. Trees will soon begin changing, the weather will cool, and we'll start drinking hot tea and coffee again. Below you'll find pictures from our Back-to-School outreach event and more agency updates!
Hundreds of people attended our Back-to-School Event on August 19th, and more than 400 kids left with a new book bag and school supplies, which will empower them throughout the year. Check out our photos and highlights!
Maryland State Delegate Cory McCray attended the event and honored Empowering Minds Resource Center with a Certificate of Recognition.
The Carroll School of Dance performed six awesome routines!
Many families won raffle prizes! Some of the winners are shown above.
Thank you to all of your sponsors who impacted Baltimore children and families with their resources and support!
THE O'NEIL FOUNDATION
Back-to-School Tips
Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.
If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.

Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.
With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.

Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.

Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so he will be comfortable using them in class.

Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.

Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.




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Mental Health Vocational Program
Empowering Minds Resource Center has NO WAITLIST for our Supported Employment Program , which assists with job readiness, job development and placement, and employment stabilization services!
Currently, participants are creating resumes, increasing job readiness skills, completing applications, attending job fairs, and entering the workforce. Call our Baltimore office at (410) 625-5088 or email schellaiah@emrcgroup.org to make a referral today! 
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Men's Group
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Empowering Minds Resource Center is proud to announce there is currently  NO WAIT LIST at the agency. We work hard everyday to ensure referrals are quickly processed and clients are engaged by our staff and partnered therapists immediately. We are ready, willing and able to accept new clients TODAY.  
NOW ACCEPTING HARFORD COUNTY REFERRALS

Empowering Minds Resource Center is excited to announce that we are now providing PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM in Harford County









Empowering Minds recognizes Yejide Aina as the agency's Direct Service Coordinator of the month. Yejide is recognized for demonstrating consistent communication with clients and Team members, bringing clients to group, and submitting documentation on time. 

Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and dedication, Yejide !


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