December Wrap Up
Our Junior Achievement programs are finally up and running! We have been able to enroll our students in the JA BizTown and JA Finance Park courses so that they can begin their studies in Financial Literacy. JA BizTown teaches the youth about Community, Economics, Teamwork, Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, & Philanthropy. JA Finance Park teaches our youth all aspects of personal finance including learning about balancing a family budget, interest rates, how education affects their earning potential, and how saving today can affect their future. They have virtual simulations on utilizing banking services, purchasing housing, transportation, insurance, furnishings, health care, and other expenses, as well as making investment decisions.They will have the entire semester to navigate through these programs.
December was also our yearly Kwanzaa Celebration, but this time, virtually. BHCFL youth wore proudly their African garments and BHCFL shirts while reciting the history of Kwanzaa and the meaning of each of the seven principles. The program also included a video presentation of our past Kwanzaas. Kwanzaa worksheets and coloring pages were shared with each family as they celebrated at their own households.
BHCFL’s Lending Library was able to gift laptop computers to all of the children that checked out computers for the semester. This is a way for us to ensure that all of our children have the necessary equipment available to them to excel in their schoolwork.
Many thanks to all of those that helped us purchase all of the necessary items for our Science Club and Art Club bags for our youth. We were able to supply each participant with bags of supplies for their upcoming classes from January- May 2021 as we get together virtually for classes and experiments during the school year.
November Wrap Up
The month of November started out with us enjoying the last days of our BHCFL Family Retreat Weekend! We are so thankful that we were able to make it happen safely in the midst of a pandemic and not one person that attended got sick. The 4-day event had perfect weather the entire time. We enjoyed tent and rv camping, grilling, gazing at the stars, fishing, games, crafting, nightly movies and bonfires, and enjoying nature and each other. BHCFL’s Family Retreat Weekend was established to deepen the fellowship of our community through shared experiences and to help us focus our energy on village building.
Our students hopped right back into the second session of BHCFL’s Tutoring and College Preparatory program which focused on essay writing, SMART goals, financial sourcing methods for college, and time management.
Other classes for the month included the continuation of our 10-week Marine Science Series hosted by Manatee Lagoon, and BHCFL Aviation Week which was a week long study where students and career professionals shared their passions and careers in Aerospace and Aviation. Students also learned about Bessie Coleman and the Tuskegee Airmen.
Our Community Service for the month of November focused on letter writing to the elderly at our local nursing homes. This pandemic has caused a lot of isolation and loneliness and this is one way we decided to help.
This year we had a Veterans Day program titled Honoring our Veterans. This was a virtual event where BHCFL members shared photos and stories of their family members that are military veterans, to honor them and thank them for their service to our country.
Starting out the month of October, our BHCFL students enjoyed Orlando Rep’s Broadway on Demand production of Vote? By Eric Coble which focused on pivotal moments in history with the Woman's Right to Vote, African-American's Right to Vote, and Young People demanding the Right to Vote. Such a timely production. This play brought to life historical figures like Sojourner Truth, George Washington, Lucretia Mott, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and showed that we are standing on the shoulders of so many that have come before us and not to casually dismiss this American right.
Our "Be Our Guest" Speaker for the month of October was Attorney Junella Reese! She had such wonderful advice for our youth as she shared her inspirational journey to becoming an attorney.
Our students began a 10- week Marine Science Series hosted by Manatee Lagoon! Classes are every Tuesday from 10-10:30 a.m. If you are interested in participating, please let us know by emailing us at BHCFLStrong@gmail.com so we can send you the Zoom link.
BHCFL youth ended their 1st session of BHCFL's Tutoring & College Preparatory classes and are beginning their 2nd session on November 2nd.
Our BHCFL families have been participating in the following Community Service projects:
~ Weekly Pen Pal writing to the elderly at various nursing homes in the community, Virtual 1- mile Fun Run to benefit our local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia, and the collection of eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club Recycle for Sight Program.
Right in step with our Adopt-a -Calf project this year, we enjoyed Virtual Dairy Farm Tours to two dairy farms in PA where they taught us about various careers in agriculture and showed us new technologies that they are using on some of the dairy farms. The highlight was seeing the animals up close and personal. We can't wait to meet our calf!
This month we also enjoyed two programs geared towards Aerospace. All of our students K-12th were given the opportunity to participate in Aerospace Professionals in Schools Week hosted by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals where they heard personal career stories from several aerospace professionals, and were given an opportunity to ask questions. We learned some alarming statistics. There are 100,000 pilots who fly for a regional(commuter) airline, corporation or major airline. Less than 6% are female pilots, 3% black, and less than 1% black female. We are so grateful that programs and organizations like these exist. They make such an impact on our youth and provide guidance and introduce vast opportunities. Not only did they introduce our youth to a variety of Aerospace careers, but they also gave some great advice:
~Keep good friends and surround yourself with positive people who challenge you to make you better.
~Find a mentor and build a network of people in the industry you’re interested in.
~If there’s a career you’re interested in, find a family friend or someone in the community and ask to shadow them for a day to see what it’s like in a day.
~BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Even when others don’t or won’t, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
~Never Give Up!
The following Saturday was focused on our young ladies. At Girls Launch, hosted by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, our young ladies K-12th were able to see and interact with female aerospace professionals to boost interest in the unlimited opportunities in aerospace. They enjoyed a Virtual Tour of Miami International Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower, they went Behind-the-Scenes with Delta Air Lines Tech Ops, Behind-the-Scenes of an Aviation Crash Site, and had Breakout Sessions where Girls Can Do Anything - K-5, Cool Careers in Aerospace - 6-8. Virtual College Fair/Financing Your Education - High School, and Finding Your First Job - Early Career. This day long virtual event was topped off with lots of prizes!
BHCFL families attended the live virtual event Impact of Inequity & COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Black Youth hosted by WUCF-PBS. This event is part of the PBS Well Beings Tour. In 2020, the threat to the physical and mental well-being of Black youth is especially high. COVID-19 and acts of police brutality nationwide have increased the stress and sense of social isolation young Black people experience. Additionally, according to the Congressional Black Caucus, the rate of suicide among Black youth is rising faster than any other racial/ethnic group. Together, these factors put the mental health of Black youth, particularly at risk and this discussion was timely and needed. The Moderator was WFTV News Anchor Nancy Alvarez. The panelists were Dr. Candice Jones, Therapist Davia Knight, Director of Operations and Research Jeffrey McCary, and Peer Professional and Wellness Advocate Dr. Tamia McEwen.
Our BHCFL young ladies were invited to attend Charleston Girls in Tech’s Tech Talk which featured women that work in the field of Cyber Security. Especially inspiring was Lieutenant Colonel Linda Riedel who commanded a Cyber Protection Battalion that protected the state of SC and our country from cyberattacks.
BHCFL’s Annual Family Retreat Weekend, established to deepen the fellowship of our community through shared experiences and to help us focus our energy on village building, was able to continue this year! BHCFL families were able to spend 4 days communing with nature and one another. There was tent and RV camping and glamping, fishing, African mask making, Adinkra cloth stamping, Tie Dye shirts and painting, Pumpkin carving, bonfires and movie night every night, and 60 acres for everyone to stretch out, play, hike, and just enjoy nature. This time was needed for all to release and relax from all of the pressures and obstacles we are facing.
Manatee Lagoon has teamed up with The Reef Institute to offer a free educational series for fifth grade classes! Join BHCFL on this incredible series! The Marine Science Series features ten weekly engaging lessons aligned with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, providing the opportunity for students to take a deep dive into marine science and understand how living organisms, such as manatees and coral reefs, are connected. The lessons will be offered in a live, virtual format and led by educators from Manatee Lagoon or The Reef Institute. The goal of the program is to educate students about the importance of marine conservation and inspire the next generation to preserve and protect the environment for future generations.
Topics: Below are the standards-based lessons that will be covered each week.
Week 1 (Oct. 5 – 9): What is Marine Science?
Week 2 (Oct. 12 – 16): What is a Hypothesis?
Week 3 (Oct. 19 – 23): Crustaceans
Week 4 (Oct. 26 – 30): Erosion
Week 5 (Nov. 2 – 6): Tidal Pools and What Lives in Them
Week 6 (Nov. 9 – 13): What is a Marine Ecosystem?
Week 7 (Nov. 16 – 20): What is Coral?
Week 8 (Nov. 30 – Dec. 4): How is it All Connected?
Week 9 (Dec. 7 – Dec. 11): Virtual Field Trip to The Reef Institute or Manatee Lagoon
Week 10 (Dec. 14 – 18): Virtual Field Trip to The Reef Institute or Manatee Lagoon
Our classes will be Tuesdays @ 10 a.m. (Oct. 6 – Dec. 15)
See below our BHCFL direct link. You will need a plug in installed on your device to view the class. Here are the instructions for you to get that set up.
Here is your link for the session on Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 10 a.m.:
Event address for attendees: https://nexteraenergy.webex.com/nexteraenergy/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed030eaec4f511d8268ec8671da973f5b
Here’s the Marine Science Series PDF package of lesson plans and supplemental materials tied to each of the weekly lessons.
We are excited to announce that
Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc.
has received a grant from
to help with our ongoing
Tutoring and College Preparatory Program.
Thank you Walmart for being such a great community partner and supporting our youth!
We are #BetterTogether
We are sending a huge shout out to the American Red Cross of Central Florida for partnering with us and bringing such wonderful virtual classes to our youth!
This Team was AWESOME as they taught us how to Be Red Cross Ready! From Water Safety in the Whales Tales Class to Fire Safety, General Preparedness, Hurricane Perparedness, and Coping Skills in the Pillowcase Project Class. The content was timely, educational and enjoyable, and kept our youth engaged.
If you’d like to contact them to schedule some classes for your group, you won’t be disappointed. Here is the following contact information.
Linda Collis, RN
Red Cross Youth Coordinator
American Red Cross Central Florida Region
341 White Street, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Do you have classes that you teach that you'd like to share with us? You can fill out our Interested Teaching Instructors form to let us know what classes you teach and give us the details. Can't wait to hear what you've got going on!
For our homeschooling families that follow us, we’d like to extend this service to your children if they are in need of help.
Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc.’s partnership with UPchieve has now begun. All of our homeschooling students grades 8th-12th can get free, 24/7 STEM tutoring and college counseling by creating an account at upchieve.org/bhcfl or by downloading the UPchieve mobile app for iOS or Android using the code "BHCFL".
Example- If your child has an essay to write and needs someone to look over it and give pointers before they turn it in, great way to use this service. There is no video or audio for the safety of our students. It will be text/chat. Look at the pic below to see how the screen looks once you sign in and establish your account.
We currently offer support in:
Math: Pre-Algebra through Calculus (up to AP Calculus BC)
Science: Biology (up to AP Bio) and Chemistry (up to AP Chem)
Our coaches are all volunteers, so please remind your students to: 1) wait at least 10 minutes after making a request to be connected with a coach, and 2) be respectful!
Our GUESTS/CLASSES/FIELD TRIPS Program pinpoints what career fields the students are interested in and we center our Guest Speakers, field trips and classes around those things and introduce them to much more. This program provides great opportunities for learning and gives incentive and encouragement to the children to help them in their educational quest.
This program has been expanded to now include a Tutoring and College Preparatory Program which includes a year- long K-12th personalized tutoring and college preparatory program that closes the achievement gap for underserved and minority homeschool communities. Our program objectives are to increase academic, college and career access and
readiness, improve self-confidence, and increase test scores among students.This program will target students from our homeschooling community who are either minority, struggling academically, or have a learning disability (ADHD or on the Autism Spectrum) and don’t have the monetary means to get the help that they so desperately need. We are seeking funding to support this program in an effort to ensure that our students are able to compete amongst their peers
and at completion of the program, that they have made progress in their studies, and for those receiving coaching, that they are college and career ready. Our College Preparatory Program focuses on college and career readiness, including career exploration, exposing students to dual enrollment programs, familiarizing them with FAFSA, the college application process, and ways and practices to be successful in post-secondary institutions.
This is one of our largest and most expensive programs to date. Your donation is desperately needed for us to continue serving our children and helping them on the road to success! Please donate to this program so we can help as many children as we can!
Our LENDING LIBRARY Program provides educational materials, books, videos, curriculum kits, and computers that families can borrow and return when they are done. Please donate to this program so that we can update our computers to meet the needs of our students, continue to supply them with the software necessary for homework success, and to help us expand our library to include more materials and technological items for our homeschooling families that need them.
Our GRADUATION/AWARDS CEREMONY Program is an annual event where we celebrate student achievements that have been accomplished throughout the year. Parents are able to present awards at that time to their children, and Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc. recognizes each child with a gift. Families join together with food and fellowship. An all ages Kings and Queens dance is held afterwards to celebrate. Please donate to this program to help us supply each child with a gift, help us feed our families with food and cake, and help us buy decorations and the ability to supply the venue for this event.
Our COMMUNITY SERVICE Program teaches our children how to give back to their communities in service to others. We have several projects that we participate in annually. Light the Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lions Club Recycle for Sight, having a community Food Drive and donating to a local food pantry, wrapping gifts for the elderly at a community nursing home and a clothing drive at our Meet and Greet. We have also prepared and given out necessity bags & gifts for the homeless. For the past few years the nursing home has not had enough gifts for each of their residents. We would like to make sure that while we are wrapping gifts for the elderly, that no one is left out.
Please donate to this program so that we can continue to provide supplies and gifts to those in our community that need it the most.
Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida is in need of 6’ and 8’ foldable table donations and 60" and 72" foldable table donations. If you have a table or tables you would like to donate, your donation is tax deductible and is greatly appreciated. Please contact us at (386)837-6270 or BHCFLStrong@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.