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Character Building

Character education fosters ethical, responsible, and caring behavior in young people. Educators can instill good character through modeling and teaching the universal values that we all share, such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, and respect for self and others. 

Character education teaches students how to be their best selves and how to do their best work
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Six Character-Building Behaviors Students Should Learn

Caring
- Kind, compassionate behavior, expressing gratitude, forgiving others, and helping people in need.

Citizenship - Helping to make school and community better, staying informed, obeying rules and laws, respecting authority, and protecting the environment.

Fairness - Playing by the rules, taking turns and sharing, being open-minded, listening to others, not taking advantage of others, and not blaming others.

Respect - Being tolerant of differences, using good manners and appropriate language, not threatening, hitting, or hurting anyone, and dealing peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

Responsibility - Doing what one is supposed to do, persevering, doing one's best, maintaining self-control, thinking before acting, and being accountable for one's choices.

Trustworthiness - Being honest, doing what you say you'll do, doing the right thing, building a good reputation, being loyal to family, friends, and country, and not deceiving, cheating, or stealing.

These six attributes of character are the six pillars of the Character Counts youth-ethics initiative.
 

 


Health a
nd Weight Management       

Healthy habits are the key to teen weight loss. Show your teen the way with this practical plan for success.

Teenage obesity is a dangerous and growing problem. Like any weight-loss challenge, there's no magic bullet for teen weight loss. Still, there's plenty you can do to help. Start by encouraging your teen to adopt healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Have a Heart-To-Heart

If your teen is overweight, he or she is probably concerned about the excess weight, too. Aside from lifelong health risks such as high blood pressure and diabetes, the social and emotional fallout of being overweight can be devastating for a teenager. It can also be frustrating to attempt weight loss and have poor results. Offer support and gentle understanding, and a willingness to help your teen manage the problem.

You might say, "I can't change your weight. That's up to you. But I can help you make the right decisions."


Dispute Unrealistic Images

Weight and body image can be delicate issues, especially for teenage girls. When it comes to teen weight loss, remind your teen that there's no single ideal weight and no perfect body. The right weight for one person might not be the right weight for another.

Rather than talking about "fat" and "thin," encourage your teen to focus on practicing the behaviors that promote a healthy weight. Your family doctor can help set realistic goals for body mass index and weight based on your teen's age, height and general health.


Resist Quick Fixes

Help your teen understand that losing weight, and keeping it off is a lifetime commitment. Fad diets may rob your growing teen of iron, calcium and other essential nutrients. Weight-loss pills and other quick fixes don't address the root of the problem and could pose risks of their own. Even then, the effects are often short-lived. Without a permanent change in habits, any lost weight is likely to return and then some.


Promote Activity

Teens need about 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but that doesn't necessarily mean 60 solid minutes at a stretch. Shorter, repeated bursts of activity during the day can help burn calories, too. In fact, any physical activity counts.

Team sports through school or community programs are great ways to get active. If your teen isn't an athlete or is hesitant to participate in certain sports, that's OK. Encourage him or her to walk, bike or in-line skate to school, or to walk a few laps through the halls before class. Suggest trading an hour of after-school channel surfing for shooting baskets in the driveway, jumping rope or walking the dog. Even household chores and video games that require physical movement can help your teen burn calories.


Suggest Breakfast

If your teen fights the alarm clock the way it is, getting up even earlier to eat breakfast may be a tough sell, but it's important. A nutritious breakfast will jump-start your teen's metabolism and give him or her energy to face the day ahead. Even better, it may keep your teen from eating too much during the rest of the day.

If your teen resists high-fiber cereal or whole-wheat toast, suggest last night's leftovers. Even a piece of string cheese or a small handful of nuts and a piece or two of fruit can do the job.  

 


  Teenage Pregnancy Prevention   

TEENAGE PREGNANCY CARRIES HIGH COSTS in terms of both the social and economic health of mothers and their children. Teenage mothers are less likely to receive prenatal care, and their children are more likely to be born before term, to have low birth weights, and to have developmental delays. Teenage mothers are also less likely to complete their education than moms over twenty years of age.

Teenage pregnancy and birth rates both dropped in the 1990s among all racial and ethnic groups. Increased use of contraceptives and increased abstinence among teens could explain the decrease. However, the U.S. still has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy among western industrialized nations, 42.9 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19. In 2002, there were 431,988 births to females under twenty. Four out of ten girls become pregnant by the age of twenty. Eighty percent of these teenage pregnancies are unintended, and 79 percent of pregnant teens are unmarried. The birth rate remains high in low-income, minority neighborhoods, where the birth rate still remains at 153 and 138 births per 1,000 for black and Hispanic teenage girls respectively.   Sixty percent of all teenage mothers are in poverty at the time of birth. 

Teenage pregnancy is linked to several risk factors. Being poor, living in a single-parent household, child abuse, and risky behaviors such as drug abuse and early or unprotected sex are all predictors of whether a teenager will become pregnant.   The three general strategies to reduce teenage pregnancy all try to increase the factors that protect teens against these risky behaviors. The first is an abstinence-only approach, which has not been shown to be effective.   

The second is comprehensive health education or sexuality education that includes information on contraception; this may delay sexual initiation and increase contraceptive use. Finally, youth development programs that include sex education along with other activities (such as volunteering, mentoring, and job training), are associated with delayed first sex and lower teenage pregnancy rates.  Overall, there are no simple approaches; a strategy to reduce teenage pregnancy must include sexuality education, strategies for teen pregnancy prevention, and changing teenage behavior in relationships.  Programs that seek to affect the teenage pregnancy rate should focus on increasing teens’ assets, such as knowledge about sex and sexuality and communication skills that allow them to approach sexuality responsibly. 

 Teenage Pregnancy Program Planning

    -     First, survey community resources (number and location of walk-in health clinics, access to contraceptives, after school youth programs, etc. Determine the history of teenage pregnancy prevention services in the community and who has been involved in the issue. Document gaps in resources and identify potential partners.               

    -    Carefully define specific short- and long-term program goals. Some common short-term goals include improving adult-youth communication, improving knowledge of where to get birth control, and increasing use of birth control and reproductive health services.  Long-term goals include delaying sexual initiation, decreasing the frequency of sex, lowering the number of sexual partners, and reducing teenage pregnancy and rates of sexually transmitted diseases.   Avoid narrow goals such as changing attitudes or values alone; these strategies are not effective in reducing teenage pregnancy.

    -    Involve all stakeholders in designing the program. Often this is a difficult process, especially if community norms preclude teen sexual activity.  Although schools and churches are the most difficult actors to include, it is crucial to get a range of ideas that include all cultures in a community.   Recognize that while there will rarely be a consensus, it is possible to agree on a common good, such as lower pregnancy rates. 

    -    Plan a role for parents. While some programs are specifically aimed at improving parent-child communication, research shows that even improving parent-child “connectedness” is effective in reducing teenage risky sexual behavior.  

    -    Plan from the outset to involve men and boys. Both are often overlooked in teenage pregnancy prevention programs

    -    Design outreach efforts to recruit teens via radio spots and flyers placed in malls and other places where teens gather. Make sure to find boys through sports teams. 

Health/Sexuality Education Programs

    Teen education programs should last for more than two or three sessions.  Effective programs often run for more than 14 hours total, or use small group settings for instruction and discussion.

   Provide basic, accurate information, and don’t talk down to teenagers.

    Involve parents and work on improving parent-child communication.  Talking about sex doesn’t encourage kids to have sex; in fact, teens often rely on their parents to address the issue.

Use specific strategies for teenage boys. For example:
            
    - Train men to teach teenage boys, and choose trainers who will be role models, such as  athletic team coaches.  
           
    - Don’t reinforce negative views of males, such as men using girls for sex or failing to pay child support.
           
    - Focus on preventing STD s rather than pregnancy, because STDs are perceived as a more immediate and tangible threat.
         
    - Redefine ideas of manhood to include responsibility for sexual behavior.

    Tailored strategies are needed for teenagers in different age groups. Written materials and behavioral strategies should be geared to specific levels of literacy, physical and emotional development.  All teens should learn behavioral skills such as decision-making, refusing to have sex, and how to bring up contraception in a relationship.

    For children in elementary and middle school, programs should stress unambiguously that they are too young for sexual activity and that abstinence is the norm.

    For adolescents in high school, peers are the most important influence of whether to have sex; if they perceive that other teens their age are sexually active, they are more likely to be as well.  Although peer education programs are a popular way to address other adolescent issues, peer sexual education programs have not been rigorously evaluated.  Programs should instead address peer influence through teaching behavioral skills and changing perceptions.  Virginity pledges are a popular strategy to utilize peer influence to responsible ends; indeed, students taking pledges delayed their first sexual experience by about eighteen months. However, when they finally did have sex they were one third less likely to use contraceptives.

Programs for teen mothers should differ from those for teens without children.  

    
Clinics can be a valuable partner in educating teens. Clinics that use one-on-one counseling, provide accurate information about abstinence and contraception, and provide contraception, have been shown to increase contraceptive use without increasing sexual activity.  Be sure the clinic can provide or refer to mental health and other health services.  Clinics should provide one-on-one counseling to teens as well.

Maintaining Progress

Follow up on teenagers who visit clinics for health and contraception services. Continue outreach; a sustained effort is necessary to maintain results, because every year brings a new cohort of adolescents.

Develop performance measures based on your goals and previously mapped community resources. For example, are community clinics open longer hours? Are teens delaying when they first have sex, and using contraception when they do?



       Gang Intervention    

Gangs have been adversely affecting the quality of life within our communities through their violence, drug dealing and other criminal activities. The lack of quality information and the misinformation that is available to the public greatly increases the gangs ability to succeed in their criminal endeavors and to recruit our children into the gangster lifestyle.

 Gang involvement begins as early as elementary school. Children 7 and 8 years of age are being recruited to work for the gangs, because gangs are aware of the difference in the punishment for youths in the criminal justice system. Today’s youth are drawn into the gang culture for a variety of reasons, a need to be accepted, to be popular, to interact with other peers, protection, family, etc.

Wings of Love mission is simple:  shut down the gangs recruitment base.  We will achieve this by sharing our wealth of training with out communities and most of all our youth.  We will be focusing our training on our children, community workers, teachers, clergy, parents and  anyone who comes in contact with our youth.  Wings of Love will be providing the law enforcement community with the best instructors in the gang discipline so that our member can go forth within their communities to teach and inform about the evils of gangs and how to recognize the first signs of gang involvement.  

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