Welcome to the CAFYIR Blog!
Updated: Nov 13, 2020
Today we will talk about what our new blog entails, provide you with some weekly updates, and fun activities to try at home! Keep reading to see more...
What to Expect:
Welcome everyone to our new CAFYIR blog! For those of you who don't know CAFYIR (Career Aid For Young Immigrants and Refugees) is a 501c3, incorporated not-for-profit organization that works to empower and encourage youth through education and activity. We were first established in 2018 and work with youth, immigrants, and refugees through our workshops, YouTube channel, social media, and, now, our blog!
This blog is intended for students and parents/guardians of all ages! We will include fun facts, activities, tips and tricks, and so much more that are fit for people young and old. New blog posts will be posted weekly on Wednesdays.
If you have any input on what you want to see, a topic you'd like to learn more about, or fun facts you'd like to share feel free to contact us through our website, at email@example.com, or on social media @CAFYIR.
This is the CAFYIR Corner! Here, we will post weekly updates on what our team is up to, upcoming events, and how you can become more involved.
CAFYIR on the Computer:
This week we are kicking off the start of our virtual program, CAFYIR on the Computer! Through this program participants will have the opportunity to dive deep into concepts from self-confidence and emotional awareness to critical thinking and creative problem solving. We are very excited about this new addition to our organization and will continue to share updates on what the students are up to!
Stay Up to Date:
If you are interested in keeping up with everything we're up to, check out our daily social media posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @CAFYIR.
If you'd like to get involved and help us provide hands-on and interactive lessons and workshops to students, check out our GoFundMe page and consider donating! Your donations will go towards materials for our students and our workshops. Materials include books for our lending library, STEM equipment for our workshops, and technology that students can use!
Can't donate but still want to help out? Consider sending your gently used books or school supplies (i.e. binders, backpacks, textbooks, and pencil cases) to 6441 S Chickasaw Trail, Ste. 189, Orlando, FL 32829. The supplies will be used as a part of our curriculum or given to students in need.
Fantastic Fact Floor
This section is a floor for fun facts that you may or may not have already known! If you see a new fact, help us promote a lifelong love of education and share it and use the #CAFYIR, maybe your fun fact will be featured in one of our blogs!
Did you know that a bat can eat 3,000 insects in one night?!?!
Did you know that messages from your brain travel along your nerves at up to 200 miles, or 322 kilometers, an hour?!?!
Did you know that a blue whale's heart weighs up to 2,000 pounds or 907 kilograms?!?!
Did you know that slugs have 3,000 teeth and 4 noses?!?!
Did you know that bats are the only mammals that fly?!?!
This section will provide you with helpful tips and tricks that you can apply to daily life! We want your feedback, if you have any helpful tips or tricks share them with us on social media by using the #CAFYIR! This week's focus: school!
Elementary School Students:
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Your teachers are there to help you, so if you have a question, ask! Your success is your teacher's number one priority.
Middle School Students:
Use a planner to keep track of all of your assignments. If your school provides you with an agenda, use it! If not, you can find inexpensive planners at a variety of stores. It is a great way to stay organized and on top of all your assignments!
High School Students:
Participate in activities that you are actually interested in. Don't join after school activities solely because of your friends, instead join activities that you'd like to be involved and actively participate in!
Don't cram! When preparing for tests or exams it is always best to establish a study plan and begin studying well before the test you're prepping for.
Parents and Guardians:
Set aside time to talk to your student about school. Cultivating a healthy conversation about what your student is learning, the subjects they enjoy, and academic obstacles they are facing is a great way to find the areas where your student needs additional support!
In the "Holiday Hub" we will talk about all of the holidays, both popular and unique, taking place throughout the week! If there's a holiday you celebrate, share it with us on social media using the #CAFYIR and we will mention it in our weekly blog!
November 11, 2020
Veterans Day: Veterans Day is observed in the United States of America as a day in which everyone commemorates our service members and veterans. Originally, the day was created out of respect for all of our fallen soldiers but was eventually changed to celebrate all of those who have served. The U.S. celebrates our veterans through parades, ceremonies, and other special events. Thank a veteran for their service today!
World Origami Day: World Origami Day celebrates the art of paper-folding! November 11, is Origami Day in Japan. Did you know that in Japan the paper crane is a symbol of peace? Celebrate Origami Day today by learning how to create a paper crane here!
November 12, 2020
World Pneumonia Day: Pneumonia is the leading infectious disease that kills children and adults every year. World Pneumonia day is observed around the world as a way to spread awareness on the importance of effective medical systems. This holiday was first established in 2009 as a way to advocate for global action. For this World Pneumonia Day research ways that you can educate yourself on the "stop pneumonia" initiative!
November 13, 2020
World Kindness Day: World Kindness Day is a global holiday that emphasizes the importance of being kind to yourself, others, and the world. The holiday was first established to spread the idea that kindness brings us all together. Celebrate World Kindness Day by randomly helping someone and reminding the ones around you that you appreciate them!
November 14, 2020
Diwali: Diwali or Dipawali is the most widely celebrated holiday in India. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is celebrated over the course of five days. People light up their homes to symbolize the "inner light" that protects them from evil spirits. Over time, Diwali has gradually grown to be more popular amongst non-Hindus in India. Learn more about Diwali by watching the video here!
World Diabetes Day: In 2014 the United Nations estimated that several million adults were living with Diabetes. World Diabetes Day is observed globally to spread awareness on treatments and health-care for Diabetes. This year's theme for World Diabetes Day is "The Nurse and Diabetes." This theme is meant to commemorate all of the nurses that play an important role in the lives of people with Diabetes and educate the wider population on the significance of nurses. Observe this World Diabetes Day by learning more about how you can help raise awareness on the importance of accessible health-care and research for more effective treatments!
November 15, 2020
America Recycles Day: America Recycles Day is observed across the United States to emphasize the impact recycling has on protecting our environment. Recycling has a variety of benefits including reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and saving energy. You can celebrate this America Recycles Day by recycling your papers, plastics, glasses, or metals!
November 16, 2020
International Day for Tolerance: The International Day for Tolerance is a globally recognized holiday that is meant to raise awareness on the importance of non-violence and mutual understanding of different peoples and cultures. Established by the United Nations in 1996, they believe it is more important than ever that the global community comes together to promote peace and unity. On this International Day of Tolerance you can promote tolerance and non-violence by conducting research, creating music and art, or talking to those around you!
November 17, 2020
Take a Hike Day: Take a Hike Day encourages people to get out, get active, and explore nature. You can celebrate Take a Hike Day by doing some research and exploring a hiking trail near you!
In this section we will include fun activities that can be done along with our weekly YouTube videos as well as other fun activities that you can try at home. If you complete the activities outlined in this section be sure to share them with us using the #CAFYIR on social media!
This week's YouTube Activity is based on our video: Election Day
Once you've watched the video try creating your own campaign slogan and poster for if you were to run for president! Explore some famous presidential campaign slogans below and check out our sample poster. Then, brainstorm and create your own.
Famous Presidential Campaign Slogans:
Dwight D. Eisenhower: "I like Ike."
John F. Kennedy: "A Time for Greatness."
George W. Bush: "Compassionate Conservatism."
Barack Obama: "Change we can Believe in."
Now that you've learned about real campaign slogans and seen our sample campaign poster, create your own and use the #CAFYIR on social media to share it with us!
This week's educational activity relates to science: The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Once you've reviewed the life cycle of a butterfly from the source linked above, create your own diagram outlining a butterfly's life cycle. See our example below!
Now that you've explored the life cycle of a butterfly and seen our example, try creating your own! You can draw it, create it on the computer, whatever you'd like. Be creative! Once you've completed your life cycle of a butterfly share it with us on social media using the #CAFYIR. We are excited to see what you come up with!
In the "Enthusiasm Expanse" section we will include weekly motivation and inspiration as a way to spread positivity and enthusiasm!
"Don't be afraid to be different." -Steve Jobs
"It always seems impossible until it's done." -Nelson Mandela
"Be the change you want to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
Weekly Writing Prompt:
What is the best job in the world and why?
Share your responses with us on social media using the #CAFYIR!
Alexis' Special Segment
Hello everyone! My name is Alexis and I am the CEO and founder of CAFYIR Inc. Let me tell you a little about myself. I established CAFYIR, in 2018, as a sophomore in high school when I identified a need. Since then I have worked to promote our mission and spread educational and academic awareness. I am passionate about international relations and political science and have hopes of diving deeper into those concepts throughout college and beyond.
My favorite subjects in school include English and History. Outside of academics some of my interests include volunteering, adventure, art, and music.
In this segment I will include thought-provoking information that I'd like to share, tips and tricks to help you succeed in and out of school, and personal experiences that offer unique perspectives!
"We Challenge You!"
This week, we challenge you to complete one random act of kindness! Whether that's complimenting someone's outfit, helping someone clean up something they spilled, or reminding someone that they are loved!
Share what your random act of kindness was with us on social media using the #CAFYIR and we will choose one to feature in next week's blog!
Conclusion and Contact Us
Thank you for reading this week's blog. We hope you enjoyed! Check back next week for a new post. In the meantime connect with us on social media:
Facebook: @cafyir programs
Tik Tok: @cafyir
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