Resources for celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day on January 15, 2007
We invite you to dream with us about Dr. Martin Luther King’s hopes for our future. In commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday, The MindOH! Foundation has created resources to help youth understand his message, and ideas for celebrating this great American. Share these tools with a young person you know; inspire their dream for America.
Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday
Resources for the 2005 Tsunami
Over the holiday break of 2005, the world experienced a major natural disaster.
An earthquake under the Indian Ocean created a series of huge waves
known as tsunami, which struck parts of Asia and Africa. Over a
hundred thousand people lost their lives in the disaster. Tens of
thousands are now left behind to deal with the destruction. They
have lost loved ones, homes, jobs, and businesses. Thousands need
shelter, food, water, and medical supplies. The following messages
were donated by Project Wisdom and can be read over your school's
in-house public announcement or television system.
the Project Wisdom messages about the 2005 Tsunami
Cyberbullying Resources for Youth, Families and Educators
Bullying is a widespread problem that has affected most of us at
some point in our lives. It is especially difficult, even traumatic,
for young people. Unfortunately, bullies have begun using the Internet
as a means for reaching their victims at home via instant messaging,
chat rooms, Web sites, and blogs. MindOH! has created cyberbullying
and other bullying resources for the victims of bullying, those
who bully, and for bystanders. These activity worksheets are designed
to help youth understand the full meaning and consequences of bullying,
to reflect on the choices they are making with regard to this issue,
and to explore ways of stopping online social cruelty.
Helping Students Deal With
Disturbing War Images
We have all been exposed to some very disturbing images and stories
coming out of Iraq in the past month. We are concerned about students
who might be struggling with these images and stories, some of which
are difficult even for adults regardless whether they are for or
against the war. Download
Project Wisdom broadcast messages that address this issue and
possible impacts on students.
Current World Events: Resources
for Students During a Challenging Time
As more of our troops are being deployed and all of us are acutely
aware of what is happening overseas, The MindOH! Foundation would
like to offer you the following resources which were developed by
mental health and education professionals with appropriate expertise.
These lesson plans, activity worksheets and other materials serve
as a springboard to:
- Facilitate one-on-one relationships between adults and youth
- Appreciate the importance of communication, respect and tolerance
- Understand democratic principles in the context of current events
- Contribute and find ways we can help
- Develop meaningful dialogue to help with stress and anxiety
- Provide inspirational broadcast messages
Teacher/Caregiver-Facilitated Activities for Youth
Teachers and caregivers can use the following lesson plans as a
springboard for conversation to help youth deal with their thoughts,
feelings and behaviors associated with current world events.
Individual Activities for Youth
Teachers and caregivers can distribute the following individual
activities to help youth reflect on current world events and/or
seek the guidance of an adult mentor.
The Crisis Intervention Team for the school district of Hillsborough
County, Florida has created a booklet, Current
World Events: Coping with the Stressors in our Lives, to assist
school personnel and parents to better cope with the stressors present
in their lives, as well as the lives of students and children.
For More Information
To provide feedback, donate additional resources, or to ask questions,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia Disaster:
How Can Students Respond?
The following MindOH! activity sheet, Thinking it Through, helps
students reflect on why bad things happen to good people.
it Through: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?
The following two broadcast messages address the Columbia space
shuttle disaster, one for secondary-level students and one for
elementary-level students. We hope this will help your students
know that they can choose a positive response to this great tragedy.
Wisdom Messages: The Columbia Disaster
Additionally, MindOH! Co-founder Leslie Matula wrote a letter
to help students respond to this tragedy titled "The
Columbia Disaster: How Can Students Respond?"
December 2001: September 11th Conversation Tools
In December 2001, the MindOH! Foundation offered Thinking
it Through worksheets to provide parents, caregivers and administrators
a springboard to create meaningful conversation with youth about
the events surrounding the September 11th attacks and the ongoing
war on terrorism. These tools presented young people with an opportunity
to think through the emotions that they may be experiencing, including
fear, anger, racial slurs and bullying. The worksheets were donated
by professionals were developed by mental health and education
professionals with appropriate expertise.
Character's Cool Contest
The Character's Cool Contest is an opportunity for secondary school
students in the United States to share their knowledge and support
for practicing ethical behavior. This three-part contest includes
a school drawing, an individual drawing and a student essay contest.
Schools with the most participants are entered to win a new computer
for their school with a one-year subscription to MindOH! or Project
Wisdom's character education program. Students are entered to
win Nintendo Gamecubes and cash prizes. For more details, visit
Cool Contest Web site.
MindOH! is an e-Learning company that focuses on character education
by creating interactive computer modules that teach students problem-solving
techniques and communication skills, reinforcing universally held
virtues such as respect and responsibility. Click
here to register and experience a Flash presentation of the
MindOH! Discipline and Life Skills Series.
MindOH! qualifies for a number of different types of funding such
as Title 1 and Safe and Drug Free Schools, but it is also part
of the MindOH! Foundation's mission to place the MindOH! program
in schools and other youth oriented organizations that cannot
afford it. If you would like to add your school, district or organization
to the MindOH! wish list, please click here.
Call For Papers
Part of the Foundation's mission is to educate parents, teachers,
and the community about character education. To do this, he MindOH!
Foundation seeks professional papers and articles to publish and
distribute on the Web site, through the newsletter and other venues
as appropriate. If you are interested in submitting a paper, please
Please be sure to indicate your suggested topic, your qualifications,
and contact information.