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Our Reading Program serves children and youth ranging from pre-school aged to 15-years-old. It is a cooperative learning environment in which young children read and are read to by older students. Children read for comprehension and to develop a love for reading. Children learn to read & read to learn. Special consideration is given to ensure that participants develop skills in paying attention, focusing, following directions, taking turns, and social etiquette.
The program also works to expose children and youth to African American & Latinas authors & illustrators. Participants engage in interactive table games; word games such as Boggle, Scrabble, and Scrabble Junior; and board games like chess, checkers, and dominoes.
NJFC's Youth Leadership & Development Program fosters the development of civic engagement, policy analysis, and student leadership opportunities at both the school and community level. The training program builds the capacity of young people to understand and use their collective power to impact policy formation and develop leadership skills directly related to the social justice movement issues.
The program nurtures the development of power through community organizing to build high performing, high quality, healthy, safe schools and opportunity for student leadership.
The Scholars of Peace - From Mali to Mississippi program is Nollie’s Community Service Learning for Social Change action research project. It is designed to promote positive socio-economic change in Holmes County, MS by engaging 4th - 12th-grade students, their parents, and schools in learning activities, community-based service-learning placement experiences, and special student-designed projects that resolve conflicts & address social and environmental needs as specified by community-based organizations.
The program is working to establish a formal partnership between community partners and stakeholders in the Holmes County Consolidated School District that will lead to a new Mentor-in-Training and Peer Mediation county-wide alternative dispute resolution system we call the Scholars of Peace!
The Scholars of Peace program is a weekly afterschool workshop series focusing on the development of strategic learning and value clarification, an annual peer mediation certified training retreat, and workshops that help students structure their service-learning for social change projects.
Parent Education Training & Support, PETS, provides education, training, and support to Holmes County parents to help them better understand and access education services for children at both the local district and state level. Our Negotiating the Special Education Maze, Teacher Support Team Training, and Parents Rights Under No Child Left Behind training programs enable parents to develop the tools and skills needed to engage themselves in policy formation and implementation.
We work to enhance the capacity of parents to work in support of each other, to hold the local school board accountable to the formation and adoption of family-centered education policies, to hold school personnel accountable for implementing practices and policies that support the effective development of children and youth.
PETS, coupled with our Youth Leadership Training & Development initiative, create an environment through education, training, and support that enables adults and students to work together to build an effective high-quality public education system through an African American lens.
Sacred Soil Projects is an initiative of Nollie Jenkins Family Center that examines the past, present, and future of the African American agricultural experience through oral history documentaries (.c.f., "Sacred Soil"), along with ongoing programing to aide in the expansion and sustainability of this experience.
Our Goal: To educate, inform, and make a change!
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25 Glendale Street Durant, MS 39063