Welcome to FYSOP!

Dear Children,

 

Welcome to the First Year Student Outreach Project! And with that, welcome to BU! We hope that FYSOP will be a great stepping ground for you to settle in at the university, become acquainted with the city of Boston, and to meet friends and even mentors. We’re also so thrilled to count you as a part of the Children’s issue area! We hope what you learn at FYSOP will open your mind to various issues as well as show you how many opportunities are available in your community to get involved.

 

In the Children’s issue area this year we’ll be covering a variety of topics including child health, child abuse, bullying, and even a few fusion topics! We’re excited to share information with you about these issues during our education day as well as throughout the week of FYSOP.

 

We’re also going to be going to some amazing sites all over the city of Boston and the greater Boston area as we do a variety of service from playing with kids, to cleaning and sustaining playgrounds, and even making care packages for new mothers and their children. There are so many types of service available to you and we hope you see the incredible benefit of all the effort you put in during your week of FYSOP.

Have a blast, ask questions, explore, be open-minded, and welcome to BU!

Hasta luego exploradoras!
Deana & Danny, your loving Children’s coordinators

Travel!!!

Hey everyone! FYSOP is just ONE WEEK AWAY!!!!! In preparation for the awesome times ahead we want to give one final reminder about filling out your travel itinerary!

Moving off to college is so exciting but can be hectic with all the packing and traveling. Fortunately for you FYSOPers we try to make the transition as smooth as possible!

Please take ONE MINUTE to fill out the mandatory FYSOP Travel Itinerary form. If your moving in from around the corner and just bringing one suitcase, or flying in from abroad and shipping all of your life’s belongings, we need to know your story! Where are you coming from? How are you getting here? Do you need a pick-up from the airport?

Help us make Move-In Day on August 26 a fun and exciting day by filling out your travel itinerary at http://fysoptravelitinerary.eventbrite.com/. This way we can welcome you to campus right when you arrive!

What Makes a Community?

          We see a community as a group of people living in a common place with a similar goal, the success of future generations. A community has many parts to it: the family, the professional, the government, the children, and more. These parts work together as integral pieces of the same machine. But how do they succeed? What makes one community achieve its goal when others don’t?

          Gifts to Give (G2G) is an organization in New Bedford, MA that is helping breathe life into the community using the most powerful tool around, the people. G2G collects, packages, and redistributes clothes, toys, books, baby care/school supplies, and more to thousands of children all over the area. That is the institution in a nutshell, but it is so much more than that at it’s center. The donations they receive come in daily from the community itself, is packaged by locals to be given to the other members of what is quickly becoming a very large family. The books are carefully inspected and put into packages of seven by retired librarians, so they are nothing but the very best of reads. Project Cinderella gives high school girls the opportunity to not only go to prom in a beautiful dress but also allows them to practice their modeling skills. The thrift shop that takes up about a quarter of the football sized warehouse, sells designer clothes for no more than $5, and makes G2G almost completely self sufficient within the community. This enables people to have the opportunity to choose the clothes they want to wear instead of having them be donated. This composition of various programs and opportunities is at the very heart of the city.

          While meeting with Jim Stevens, Gifts to Give’s founder, one could feel the passion emanating from him as he described their work. His love for helping children is evident and manifested in the enormous space that he has dedicated hundreds of thousands of dollars and hours of time to. He believes the success of the community lies within the children and attempts to help them in every way possible. Just from a short conversation with him, it is easy to see that his pride and joy lies in helping the children with early reading and writing education. Shelves upon shelves of books and the addition of the Early Literacy program is testament to his love. But what Gifts to Give boils down to is the people that make it up. It draws on volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Many of them are groups from the local schools while others are retired professionals, or just individuals who love to give back.

          Our trip wasn’t all business though! The drive down to Gifts to Give was just as much of an adventure as the time spent there. We had some pretty smooth sailing for the majority of the time, but then we ran into some traffic and some of us were less happy about it than others….

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She even makes funny noises when frustrated!!!

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          But have no fear! Our day was made infinitely better when we were tailed by the Leathernecks, a US Marine Core biker gang. Didn’t know this but apparently Leatherneck is synonymous for Marine. Check out their website! http://www.leatherneck.com/

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       Overall it was a fantastic trip and we had a great time, despite the random amount of traffic we ran into. We know you all will have an awesome time at site and can’t wait for FYSOP!!!!

“Sometimes child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it.”

Approximately 5 children die every day because of abuse. [1] So what are people doing to help stop it?

The Spanish advocacy group ANAR Foundation created an ad that only children under 10 years of age can see. How they did this? Watch the video below to find out!

As you’re watching, consider the possible effectiveness of this ad, what effect it might have on the children, and how we can apply similar techniques so that children can escape from their possible abusive situations.

Nutrition is Necessary!

Here is an example of how nutrition can impact a child’s health, and in this case, their likeliness for getting an education! Remember, issues relating to children is global!

            Tragedy struck the state of Bihar, India on Tuesday. Twenty-one students were killed from contaminated lunches that the state provided (The New York Times has an article). The school lunches had an organophosphate in them that is commonly found in insecticides which are extremely toxic to humans. Protestors in the local community are rioting, blaming officials, and calling for changes in government. Police are currently investigating whether the incident was an accident or purposeful, but there is a theory that the vegetables were not washed properly. Either way, the incident may cause extreme problems for India because the program that provides meals for children during school, feeds over 120 million children a year. The fear is that the same negligence is occurring in the lunches all over India and that similar occurrences will begin to arise.

            Despite the occurrences of the past week, the school lunch program is still one that is vital to many countries survival. There has always been a strong positive correlation between schools providing meals and school attendance. What does this mean? The implication is that if a school provides meals, such as breakfast and lunch, then there will be a rise in attendance at the school. This is an idea that is widely recognized and implemented worldwide because it helps children in a multitude of ways, including getting proper nutrition to otherwise hungry children; teaching children about how to take care of their bodies; as well as the opportunity to give children a general education, and more. Organizations around the world have work to give free meals to children in low-income communities. For example, the World Food Program (WFP) provides food in schools for “20 million children in 70 of the world’s poorest countries.” According to the WFP, one in every four children suffers from malnourishment. So the services that many of these companies, countries, and schools provide are really saving lives.

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