Our mission is to develop young boys into men. The Phoenix Program offer the tools to build self respect and love for others. In addition, students will have a focus on being active in the community, pursue a high school and college education.
FATHERS AND SONS BREAKFAST
Fathers do love their children
With an increasing population of young teens falling by the wayside and not having any guidance to develop into young men, Phoenix will assist them with a positive direction toward manhood. Our society is riddled with school dropouts, substance abuse, and crime. The male youth of today regardless of class, race, or family structure must be armed with the tools and skills to face the realities of life. African American males are particularly at-risk in the absence of safety nets that provide immediate support when they encounter either performance difficulties or social challenges. There are many African American males who grow up today in homes where adult males are not present; therefore they are left to figure out what manhood is about on their own or learn it from others and decipher the roles they are expected to take on from seemingly undesirable sources. Phoenix is a program that will use a multi-layer approach to introduce African American males to a more positive path to manhood.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
A few of Phoenix boys of the Phoenix Project Brooklyn N.Y.
Courtesy: Paramount Pictures
Many students across the country will mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this year in a more meaningful way than just enjoying a day off from school.
That’s the goal of Paramount Pictures and scores of African-American business leaders who have sponsored free screenings for students in select cities of the new movie, ”Selma” about King’s 1965 civil rights march. “Selma” details the events surrounding Dr. King’s march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, which resulted in one of the most powerful victories in the civil rights movement: President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite brutal opposition, King and his non-violent supporters made history as they courageously fought for change.
THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT PARAMOUNT AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUSINESS LEADERS
On Wednesday January 14th 2015, Shell bank Intermediate School in SheepShead Brooklyn New York, was able to take advantage of the free screening of “Selma”. Dr. Gill a teacher at the school was able to take 250 7th and 8th grade students to see “Selma” at the UA movie theater. As spoken by Dr. Gill, "the students walked from the school to the theater, giving the students the feel of walking from Selma to Montgomery." Dr. Gill and teachers debriefed our students, to identify if they understood the message portrayed in the movie and allowed them to make connections with what is going on in our world today.
STUDENTS WALK TO SEE SELMA AS IF IT WAS THAT VERY SAME DAY BACK THEN WHEN MANY PEOPLE WALKED ACROSS THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE
Most parents do not purposely choose to enter their children into an arena of complex issues. Nor do they realize that some of those issues can cause problems if pressed on children at the wrong time and in the wrong way. We all want the best for our children, and it is easy to become anxious and pushy in the face of much pressure.
What's troubling when a parent has been sold on thinking electronic educational software, has more to teach a child than they do- or early computer use is going to prepare them in the future. The reality is that life will demand far more complex intelligences than any software can teach.
Note: Pressuring a child to be ahead of some imaginary "curve" guarantees nothing except the likelihood of a learning or stress disorder (or both).
Remodeling Brains by Remodeling Childrens Environments
Teacher to pre-school child: "what did Mommy say to you before you left this morning?"
Child: "Hurry up."
Teacher: "What did Daddy say?"
Child: "Hurry up dammit."
You can improve a child's chances of learning by identifying and reducing sources of stress. Here is a list of of the elements in today;s lifestyles that are promblematic, especially for stress prone children.
.A move to a new home
.Lack of adequate sleep
.The" crazy world "syndrome via multi media
.Inadequate physical exercise or other outlet
.Separation from nature
.environmental toxins, allergens
Two adverse conditions (for learning) are especially dangerous: anxiety and boredom. Anxiety occurs when teachers expect too much from students; boredom occurs when teachers expect too little." -Milaly Csikszentmihalyi
Phoenix boys will be featured in a documentary film "A CHILDS VOICE" A series of films from a child's perspective.
It's troubling when a parent has been sold on thinking electronic educational software, has more to teach a child than they do-or early computer use is going to prepare them in the future. The reality is that life will demand far more complex intelligences than any software can teach.