The foundation is interested in funding off campus activities that enhance our childrens' learning experiences that prepare them for citizenship and for working in the 21st century with diverse populations, cultures and technology. We are in the process of developing activities with FCPS.
We are also dedicated to creating relevant, innovative programs, and cultivating partnerships with local and regional corporations. Some of our future programs include:
FCPS AWARE Community Responders Project. The project will train more than 1,000 school personnel and community members to respond to mental illness in children any youth in what's called "youth mental health first aid," which introduces participants to the risk factors and symptoms of mental health problems.
Athletics - Concussion baseline testing. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete's balance and brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solves problems), as well as for the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests can be used and compared to a similar exam during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion.
Outdoor Labs - Environmental Education. Environmental education has been shown to increase academic performance across subject areas and has been linked to improvements in critical thinking skills, student motivation, civic engagement and environmental stewardship. Environmental education, particularly when practiced outdoors, can increase the amount of physical activity children and youth engage in during the school day.