The M.O.M. Project is designed as an enrichment tool to complement and enhance academics in the following areas:
- Comprehension / Composition
- Language Usage / Diction
- Critical Thinking / Listening
A flexible program designed as an in-class, extra-curricular, after-school or Saturday program. M.O.M. workshops introduce scholars to various writing genres including poetry, short story, journaling, interviewing, observation and recording. During the school year sessions are 1-2 days per week for 12 or 16 weeks. To encourage and illuminate each scholar’s natural creative talents M.O.M. incorporates group discussions, various writing exercises, games, challenges, and field trips.
M.O.M. Writing Intensive:
The writing intensive is an eight-week summer session, meeting 3-5 days per week. The intensive is designed to further challenge scholars’ writing abilities and help each better identify their voice through various writing styles including short story, biographical and memoir writing. A special focus is put on poetry: spoken word/performance (historic and current) and slam competition, helping scholars discover the correlations between it and the music of today, especially Hip Hop music.
M.O.M. for Moms (and Dads)
This two-hour workshop is for parents of participating scholars and is facilitated on Saturdays twice during the school year, generally in the Fall and Spring. M.O.M. for Moms (and Dads) is a fun-filled, activities-driven workshop designed to give parents the opportunity to participate in the workshop as their scholars do. M.O.M. for Moms (and Dads) also serves as a Q&A session for parents to talk about scholars’ academic and behavioral progress as related to their participation in the program.
The key to success is being able to stay focused. Mentoring helps scholars do that.
M.O.M. Assists Scholars’ With Continued Personal And Social Growth As Well Including:
- Conflict Resolution / Peer Mediation
- Teamwork / Camaraderie
- Public Presentation
- Public Speaking
- Self-esteem / Self-respect
- Self-confidence: Self-discovery, development and expression
- Positive Self-image
- Personal Visioning
- Poise and Grace
- Whole Mind / Innovative Thinking and Creativity
M.O.M. helps identify and pair scholars with community service and volunteer opportunities in their area.
To help with public speaking and presentation we encourage scholars to perform original work for an audience of their peers and family and create opportunities for them to do so. Additional opportunities to perform are also made available to scholars.
As a part of The Murals of The Mind Project™ an anthology of the best original works written by scholars is produced and published at the end of each year. Scholars are engaged in many aspects of the development of the anthology, including title and cover design.