Children’s Science Center lab at Fair Oaks Mall

Looking for something stimulating to do with your kids this weekend? Check out the Children’s Science Center lab at Fair Oaks Mall. It’s Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities and programs. Belly up to the Experiment Bar and try your hand at a variety of chemistry, biology and physics activities. Or exercise your curiosity in the Tinker Shop, where you can build structures and test them in the vertical wind-tube, construct a little robot, and deconstruct machines and toys. The lab is a favorite of these Latina Sci Girls from Herndon. Make it your favorite, too! Admission required. See more at @ChildrensScienceCenter on Facebook. (Photo courtesy of Children’s Science Center)

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Check out our program offerings

Did you know that Latinos and African Americans make up only 5% of the tech workforce? According to research by Child Trends, less than 50% of African American and Latino children have access to or use the internet at home.

INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center is trying to bridge this gap by equipping children, youth and adults with critical skills they need to be competitive in the job market. Check out our programs. We’re more than you think! @INMEDCenter  @FamilyYouthOpportunityCenter  #jobreadiness  #STEM  #skillsdevelopment

Developing Job Skills for Success

Students in the Mujer Unica cooking class at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center practice their knife skills and learn to prepare ceviche, a favorite Latino appetizer. At the end of this 10-week course, students will take an all-day exam, culminating in food management certification and new opportunities for career advancement. For more information about this EKKLESIA USA program, contact Maria Vasquez at 703-729-4951.

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The Power of Homework

The kids may not love it, but studies show that children who do their homework are setting themselves up for success.  According to education researchers Brian Gill of RAND and Steven Schlossman of Carnegie Mellon University, homework is “essential to raise educational standards, foster high academic achievement, upgrade the quality of the labor force, and link family and school in a common teaching mission.” That lesson is reinforced every day at INMED’s after-school program, where children receive one-on-one homework help in addition to other important academic enrichment activities to build computer agility and math proficiency.

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Bank for Success Series

A big thank-you to BB&T Bank for their commitment to teach their Bank for Success Series on  at the INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center, once a month on a Friday, starting March. BB&T’s Devin Perry and Andrea Larrea taught banking basics in the first class. (there has been one class only). This FREE course is open to the public and is taught in Spanish. For more information, please contact Coralis Fernandez at 703-729-4951. @INMEDCenter  @FamilyYouthOpportunityCenter.

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Register for Summer Camp

The INMED Opportunity Center is once again hosting a summer camp program for children age 5-12, starting on June 12 and running through August 18 (in 4 two-week sessions). Sessions will feature science projects, arts & crafts, cooking classes and recreation.

Session 1: June 12- June 23 (2:00 pm-6:00 pm)

Session 2: June 26- July 7 (2:00 pm-6:00 pm)

Session 3: July 24-August 4 (2:00 pm-6:00 pm)

Session 4: August 7- August 18 (2:00 pm-6:00 pm)

COST: $100.00 per session/ per child. Scholarships are available.

Please register in person at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center at 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 130, Sterling, VA 20166. Space fills up quickly! For details, contact Erin Lewis at 571-465-5996 or

The Diaper Fairy visited the Family & Youth Opportunity Center

The Diaper Fairy visited the Family & Youth Opportunity Center late last week, with tote bags bursting with packages of diapers and wipes of all sizes. Her name is Susan Fellen, a representative of the Rotary Club of Ashburn, which facilitates the Northern Virginia Diaper Bank. To our families at the center, who often must choose between diapers and food, Susan is more of an angel than a fairy.

It costs more than $100 per month to keep an average baby in diapers and wipes. For families and single parents living far below the poverty line, that amount is overwhelming. The Northern Virginia Diaper Bank supplies diapers and wipes to local community service organizations that distribute them free of charge to mothers and babies in need. Beginning last Thursday, INMED will receive a monthly donation of diapers that have been collected by a legion of volunteers throughout the community.

THANK YOU, Rotary Club of Ashburn and the Northern Virginia Diaper Bank, for keeping INMED’s babies a little drier and their moms a little happier!

For more on the diaper bank, visit or visit the group on Facebook:

Carnival Day at the Center

Children in INMED’s after-school program took a field trip to the carnival—without even leaving the Family & Youth Opportunity Center! As an enrichment activity, children were given play money to purchase tickets to various games and activities. They had to manage their money and then exercise their creativity and problem solving skills to complete the fun tasks, such as ring toss. For more information about INMED’s after-school program at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center, visit

Working hard on behalf of at-risk families and children in Loudoun County

Members of the INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center’s Advisory Board held their quarterly meeting last week to celebrate successes and share strategies for overcoming challenges. Board members span a variety of public agencies and nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving low-income families. The Advisory Board has been active in shaping INMED’s local programs for two decades and have been key to our success! Special thanks to our community advisors: Tanya Bosse, Family Literacy Program Director, Loudoun Literacy Council; Michelle Chambliss, Business Owner – Color Me Mine; Jorge Frapiccini, Community Representative; Katherine Kalil, Branch Manager, Sterling Library; Souad Nachabe, WIC Supervisor, Loudoun County Department of Health; Ondrea McIntyre Hall, Program Coordinator, Loudoun Early Head Start; Lynn Scott, McKinney-Vento Liaison, Loudoun County Public Schools; Johanna VanDoren-Jackson, Manager, Infant and Toddler Connection of Loudoun (ITC); Laurie Warhol, Division Manager, Child Protective Services, Loudoun County Department of Family Services; and Sherry Fortier, Director, P.A.S.T.A (Peers And Students Taking Action).