Community Educational Initiatives
"Be Safe - Be Smart" -
Investigating Technology Safety in the Computer Age
Telephone scammers, computer hackers, internet predators, identity theft and social media misuse have unfortunately become rampant problems. According to Bankrate.com, in a recent survey, about 41 million Americans have been victims of identity theft. These issues cannot to be taken lightly. All ages are vulnerable, but seniors living alone are especially so.
Many parishioners may have experienced these problems. How do you respond to a frightening telephone call or prevent a terrible experience? How can loved ones be prepared? As Philoptochos leaders, we can provide valuable services to members and parishioners by inviting a professional in the field to present a program for a chapter meeting or community event.
A few credible organizations that provide speakers at no cost include your local Better Business Bureau or local police department. One chapter had a safety instructor from their local police department come and speak early in the holiday shopping season. The room was packed with Philoptochos members, parishioners & guests.
Children with special needs hold a special place in our hearts. They must be protected and cherished, encouraged and included. Yet having them in a church community presents challenges. The Metropolis of Chicago, with the blessing and support of His Eminence Metopolitan Iakovos, of Blessed Memory, and under the leadership of Presvytera Toni Mihalopoulos, developed “Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me,” a ministry of programs for children with special needs and their families.
Stop Bullying in Your Community
It can happen anywhere, cities, suburbs or rural towns depending on the environment.
Repetitive actions, power imbalance and intentional acts are the three main components causing verbal, physical and relational types of harmful behavior among our youth.
It is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. Both children who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
Some people dismiss bullying among children as a normal part of growing up, but bullying is harmful. It can lead children and teenagers to feel tense and afraid. It may lead them to avoid school, and in severe cases, teens who are bullied may feel they need to take drastic measures, react violently, or even consider suicide. The effects of bullying last a lifetime.
Parents, school staff, youth advisors and other adults in the community can help GOYAns, teens in the 7th through 12th grades, prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school and church environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.
The Stop Bullying In Your Community program and curriculum is a collection of videos and PowerPoint presentations. They are provided below and are designed to be used in chronological order. The Activities under Resources can be used, as desired, to reinforce the PowerPoint presentation. The curriculum culminates with the video I See That and It’s NOT Okay where students can upload anti-bullying emojis to their smart phones in order to send them to offenders via text messaging. We hope that this program will be of benefit and will help to eradicate bullying in your community.
Women's Health Initiative
The mission of the Women’s Health Initiative is to focus on critical health issues facing women today. As such, the first educational initiative focuses on the leading cause of death among women in the US – heart disease. The committee has gathered educational information from premier health organizations, including the CDC, American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, and educational institutions. These articles will provide our membership and chapters with health and educational information to assist them in becoming more informed and aware health care consumers.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Awareness, Understanding, Support and Care
The mission of our Philanthropic Initiative for Alzheimer’s Disease is to promote awareness regarding the many facets of this disease as well as to help those individuals afflicted by this terrifying disease and those that love and care for them. Of the top 10 causes of death in America, Alzheimer’s is the only disease without any effective treatment or cure. The committee has gathered educational information from organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the Bright Focus Foundation, and the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement founded by Maria Shriver, as well as collected materials from books, videos, and websites. It is our goal that all of this information will assist our community in caring for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease, who cannot advocate for themselves. We hope a cure will soon be found for this tragic disease.