The Social Development impact area employs strategies designed to improve problem solving skills and coping skills and to build self-esteem in children and youth. Projects provide access to information that will support positive life choices and help promote team building and socialization. Projects in our Social Development impact area include:
ARTS EXPLOSION CAMP
Volunteers work with HIS Heart Ministries to host a weeklong summer arts camp for local elementary school children at Calvary Baptist Church.
G.R.A.C.E. (GIRLS RULE! ACCEPTING, CARING, EMPOWERING)
Volunteers provide education and enrichment activities for girls ages 12-18, in partnership with Methodist Children’s Homes of Mississippi, to help build self-esteem, self-respect, and values while encouraging healthy choices and independent living.
MAKING CONNECTIONS, REWARDING SUCCESS
Volunteers operate a merit-based store at the CARES Scholl at Canopy Children’s Solutions, stock the store based on “wish lists” generated by the students, welcome new students with a care package, host monthly birthday celebrations, and arrange evening dinners with guest speakers.
MCCLEAN FLETCHER CENTER
Throughout the school year, volunteers work with McClean Fletcher Center professionals to provide grief support to children ages 4-18 and assist with outreach to families.
SENSORY FUN AND LEARNING
Volunteers plan sensory activities for children with special needs, ages 6 weeks to 6 years of age, providing activities at The Little Light House that incorporate various learning experiences through sensory play.