Resources for our Youth & Families!
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONNECTING
- Our young people and the entire community is facing a lot of disruption right now. It’s important that our youth know they are cared for by many people! Social distancing can lead to social isolation. We want people to be safe AND feel a connection with others so we’re encouraging matches to stay in touch!
- Community-based matches are encouraged to stay in contact via phone, text, and video. This is an important time to stay in communication with people we care about!
- Beyond school walls, matches can still be pen pals. Email a note to your Program Coordinator and we can forward that to the family’s mailing address or parent’s email.
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
Center for Disease Control – click here
Center for Disease Control (Spanish) – click here
How do I talk to kids about COVID-19?
- Tip Sheet from The Search Institute rooted in how to work through this time using a development relationship framework.
- National Association of School Psychologists: CLICK HERE
- World Health Organization – helping kids cope with stress right now
Below is a link to the Resource Guide created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help families cope with Coronavirus Disease.
This will provide information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.
ACTIVITIES KIDS CAN DO AT HOME
- Read at least 30 minutes a day!
- Online Learning Platforms (Free/Low-Cost Internet Resource Below if Needed)
- Drawing Activities
- Easy Science Experiments using common household supplies
- 12 Famous Museums that offer virtual tours!
SELF-CARE DURING STRESSFUL TIMES – for youth AND adults!
- Exercise. Go for a walk outside – Enjoy nature, breathe in the fresh air.
- Have a dance party with your family!
- Listen to music – or make music if that’s your jam.
- Color. Even adults can color.
- Call a friend and catch up!
- Get good rest! Keep a solid routine, even with school and work changes.
- Drink lots of water!
- If you feel worried or stressed talk to someone about your feelings. Don’t keep it bottled up.
- You can also write about your feelings! Or use art to express feelings too.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
- The key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is to limit social interactions as much as possible. Parents should minimize play dates, and if held, parents should keep the groups small. Advise older children to hang out in a small group and to meet up outside rather than inside. It’s easier to keep and maintain space between others in outdoor settings, like parks.
- If you have small meetups, consider hanging out with another family or friend who is also taking extra measures to put distance between themselves and others (i.e. social distancing). Make sure children practice everyday preventive behaviors, such as cleaning and then disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Remember, if children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk.
- This includes spring break and other group travel. Parents should help their older children revise spring break plans that include non-essential travel to crowded areas.
- Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but current data suggest children with COVID-19 may show only mild symptoms. However, they can still pass this virus onto others who may be at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.