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A Message from Tim... On the Gift of Time

January is the perfect time to review the past year's work and adjust as needed for an even more productive 2022. Time, or the potential lack of it given all the responsibilities needing attention, is a common challenge reported by many professionals. As you plan for this new year, it’s important to assess the use of your time. The following exercise can reveal areas where your time can be better utilized, increase your ability to meet deadlines, and reduce the stresses that come from time pressure. Start by asking yourself three key questions:

  1. What should I do MORE of?
  2. What should I do LESS of?
  3. What should I STOP ALL TOGETHER?

Be broad when answering these questions. Think of how you manage your projects, schedule, meetings, communications, and daily habits. Using what you learned by answering these three questions, the next step is to be purposeful about making the small (or large) adjustments in how you use your time. Changing behaviors can be difficult, but it gets easier with practice. Your degree of follow through will enhance your effectiveness and make you a better leader.  

 

Another suggestion is to have your staff and volunteers go through the same exercise individually. Let each person determine how they will improve their use of time. Then help keep your team focused on making these changes by checking in with them weekly as they get started. We want everyone’s new behaviors to slowly become habits. Remember, change is hard for most people, so ensure that you notice and praise employee and volunteer progress.

Tim Richardson
Mission Advancement Advisor
Staff Announcement: Happy Anniversary Dawn Nagy!
Congratulations to Dawn Nagy, our Director of Strategic Advancement and Communications, who recently celebrated her 1-year anniversary with our team! Dawn's role at WFYC includes directing marketing and communications efforts, resource development, and affiliate program development.
MEMBER VOICES
Hope for the Heart, based in India, received a small WFYC mini-grant. The funding was used to help provide youth access to sports games like cricket, volleyball, and soccer. Mr. Isaac from Hope for the Heart says “Greetings from Hope for the Heart organization India! Small help can make a great impact. We wanted to share photos of the games we have conducted for our youth. Games are an easy way for good physical and mental exercise and personal growth and development. The games are organized at mandal level to encourage children and youth in our centers.” Congratulations to Hope for the Heart as they continue to engage and recruit more youth. 
MEMBER HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
Affiliate Members around the world celebrated the holidays and the beginning of 2022. Here are just a few examples of the many holiday celebrations which included visits from Santa, trips to the zoo, lots of parties, and of course, plenty of presents.
As a tradition, BGCH has a full week of Christmas programming. Club members decorated classroom doors, set up a Christmas tree and fireplace, created snowflake ornaments, baked and decorated cookies, and had a special visit from Santa. Watch the video of their activities, including a special version of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town!

Club de Niños y Niñas de Baja California Sur (Mexico)

CNNBCS celebrated Christmas with lots of activities for their youth members including dancing, games, decorating cards, a holiday lunch, cake, and even planting seeds. Watch the video highlighting some of their activities including collecting and distributing gifts to their members!

Over 500 Club members and families participated in the activities including crafts, contests, food, games, and prizes. Many Club members got to go to the Zoo for the first time, received holiday gifts, and WFYC Promise Award winner, Ms. Vilma, dressed as Ms. Claus to bring extra holiday joy!

Club members decorated cookies, shared piñatas with friends, received presents, and wrote 2022 wishes on Club walls (hint: they wanted Club doors to remain open in 2022). Kids attending the Online Club were able to participate in fun activities like making a snowman from a sock, a Santa Claus boot from plastic bottles, and  "Eyes of God" from recycled materials.
CNNSLP had a huge Christmas celebration for their Club members. Activities included a wonderful meal and treats, games, dancing, a piñata, and a special visit from Santa. Watch the video of their celebration including the distribution of plenty of presents to their Club members! 
At CNNC's end of year celebration, everyone received a special holiday gift and new clothes. In addition, the team hosted a delicious lunch that was donated by local companies and people who wanted to be part of the special celebration. Club members enjoyed music, laughter, and lots of happiness!
UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
TOMORROW!
WFYC Webcast: Making Health & Safety a Top Priority
January 27 | 11:00 AM EST (UTC-5)
 
The health and safety of youth and staff members is the most important aspect of youth development programs. Join WFYC for an informative session with Sylvia Tremblay, a consultant for CARF International, and President of the Board of Directors of Club de Niños y Niñas, Baja California Sur
 
March 1 - 3, 2022
9:00 - 11:30 AM EST Daily (UTC-5)
 
Join the WFYC network of Affiliate Members, Collaborators for Good, Sister Clubs, supporters and friends for this engaging learning and networking opportunity! Partipants will learn the most current youth development practices, interact directly with experts and colleagues, and listen to inspiring speakers! A full conference agenda will be available on February 1. Click here to learn more and register for this free event!
COLLABORATOR FOR GOOD RESOURCES

Child safety is our first priority. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides a wide variety of safety resources through their KID Smartz® program.

 

KID Smartz® provides teaching tools for parents, caregivers, and teachers to address the 4 Rules of Personal Safety. A variety of educational resources are available including tip sheets, art activities, project-based lessons, videos, and complete education kits on topics such as personal safety and physical boundaries. Click here to access materials in both English and Spanish. 

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