July 2022 Newsletter

July 2022 Newsletter

July 2022 Newsletter

We’re investing up to $150,000 to launch the Family and Community Engagement Grant. This Fund will support schools in being able to establish, build, and strengthen their family and community engagement efforts throughout the 22-23 school year.

Eligible APS Title 1 schools and Title 1 schools serving APS students are eligible to apply for funding up to $15,000 to support their broader family engagement plans for the entire 22-23 school year. 

We believe supporting your school’s broader family engagement strategy will lead to a more lasting impact on your family engagement efforts and thereby support your efforts to support student outcomes. Applications close July 15.

Click the link to learn more about the grant and read the full newsletter!

TheraPink works to improve middle schoolers’ mental health

Mental health has been a big topic this year, particularly with the increased stress from the coronavirus pandemic. TheraPink for Girls Inc., a mental health organization that started in January, is aiming its efforts specifically at helping middle school girls learn to cope with difficult situations, care for themselves and maintain their mental health.

“There are tons of challenges that middle school girls are experiencing such as maintaining friendships, bullying, unhealthy coping skills, and self-love,” said Jasmine Spratling, the CEO and founder of TheraPink for Girls Inc.

TheraPink is starting out with programs like “Candid Conversations,” which is a virtual safe-space chat, “Self-care Saturdays,” which are monthly events that provide info and activities for active self-care, and “TheraPink and Write,” a journaling initiative that encourages participants to write about their feelings and experiences.

“It’s important to provide an easily accessible and safe platform that educates youth on the importance of knowing about ways to actively engage in self-care that can eventually be modeled independently,” said Spratling.

One of the stressors on the middle school population that TheraPink targets is the anxiety and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. TheraPink works to help participants process those feelings while following COVID-safe protocols.

“All events have been virtual thus far. However, we are excited to begin having in-person events this summer and when school resumes in the fall,” said Spratling.

Who’s helping?

TheraPink for Girls Inc.

Services: TheraPink works to bring an increase of mental health and self-care awareness to middle school girls in efforts to decrease the mental health challenges and suicide rates among the population.

Where to donate:

How to get help: Individuals or organizations that wish to collaborate in any way can email [email protected]

If you are involved in or know of an organization working to bring relief to the Atlanta community during the coronavirus pandemic OR you are with an organization with supplies that you don’t know where to donate, please email us at [email protected].

redefinED Atlanta Provides 24 Grants to Schools and Nonprofits Serving Students in Atlanta Public Schools

redefinED atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every student in Atlanta has the opportunity to attend a great public school, today announced it has awarded more than $168,000 in grants to 24 recipients, including 14 schools serving students in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) district. Grants were awarded through the Innovation Fund for Pandemic Education and Restart, which was created to help organizations address the immediate educational needs of schools and students due to the impact of COVID-19 and to reimagine and enhance public education for the future. 
“When Atlanta Public Schools began the school year virtually last August, we knew that students who were already facing unimaginable circumstances would need more educational and mental health support if learning was to take place. The Innovation Fund was born from this need, as well as to inspire schools to think about how they could initiate positive and sustainable changes for the future,” said Ed Chang, executive director of redefinED atlanta. “We are thankful to our partners who helped make these grants a reality, and are happy that many of the programs awarded grants are already seeing meaningful results.”