Coach Steve is getting kids to kick up their heels during Soccer Skills & Drills at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center. One of the after-school enrichment activities, developing soccer skills enhances fitness, discipline and teamwork for children who may not have the opportunity to participate in team sports outside of school. Learn more about how INMED’s Opportunity Center is helping to nurture healthy, well-rounded and self-sufficient youth: https://opportunitycenter.us.
Did you know that learning to play an instrument not only enriches children artistically, but also helps them perform better at math? INMED’s after-school STEAM enrichment activities now include piano lessons and free-style musical instrument playing. It’s just another way INMED is helping at-risk children explore and develop new skills to expand their potential at our Family & Youth Opportunity Center. Learn more at https://opportunitycenter.us.
Students in the after-school academic enrichment program at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center recently received a gift they will never forget. Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, spent more than an hour observing the Center’s many student activities—and even participated in a binary coding exercise presented by Sterling Public Library.
Dr. Cerf is widely recognized as the “Father of the Internet.” He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as on the faculty of Stanford University. He also has received numerous awards and commendations for his continued work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, among many others.
“Our entire staff, students and volunteers were thrilled to spend time with Dr. Cerf,” said Opportunity Center Executive Director Cecilia Capece. “This distinguished and unassuming gentleman made himself completely accessible to the students during their activities, and he was impressed with our work at the Center and its importance to the community.”
“The INMED Center is a prime example of community response to young people in need of help toward educational success,” said Dr. Cerf. “It would be hard to overstate the dedication of the staff to their young charges and their families.”
Dr. Cerf’s visit provided a major showcase of the expanded STEAM enrichment activities offered at the Opportunity Center. “Our goal is to develop opportunities for at-risk children with limited resources to succeed in their personal and professional endeavors,” said Capece. “Our program activities are opening new vistas to low-income children and their families.”
INMED was delighted for the opportunity to share information on a variety of support and empowerment services offered by our Opportunity Center with the members of the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region. ACC’s recent non-profit fair and panel discussion highlighted a number of charitable organizations that drew a sizable crowd of individuals interested in volunteering their time and talents. Opportunity Center Executive Director Cecilia Capece was more than happy to answer questions about volunteering opportunities available at INMED.
INMED builds healthy families! From parenting education to after-school STEAM enrichment activities involving parent participation, our programs provide the opportunities and resources for parents to raise healthy, resilient children. Learn more at https://opportunitycenter.us.
Students in INMED’s After-School Academic Enrichment program at the Opportunity Center became paleontologists for a day. In this science activity, students examined the “skeletal remains” of a T-rex dinosaur and its offspring. They took measurements, removed bones and reconstructed its feet and documented their findings. This creative exercise is one of many in INMED’s expanded #STEM activities at the Center, and it’s another way we’re preparing at-risk students for future success!
Thank you to INMED Community Partner Loudoun Now for helping us announce that Robert (Bob) Brantley has joined our Family & Youth Opportunity Center Board of Trustees. Bob is the Senior Director of Air Transport & Mission Solutions for Rockwell Collins, a multinational provider of avionics and information technology systems and services to governmental agencies and aircraft manufacturers. Read more at http://loudounnow.com/2018/01/31/brantley-joins-inmed-board/
Did you know that baking involves math, chemistry and creativity? It exercises all areas of the brain – and taste buds when it’s time to eat! Baking cookies is just one of the ways INMED’s after-school academic enrichment program makes learning fun—and delicious! Learn more at https://opportunitycenter.us.
The students in INMED’s after-school academic enrichment program at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center are enjoying a little athletic enrichment despite the cold weather, thanks to our INMED volunteer and soccer coach, Steve Ahart. Last week, we launched a new after-school soccer skills & drills development program—much to the students’ delight. Who knows, we may have a budding Christian Pulisic at the center!
A big THANK YOU to Community Partner Sterling Library for sharing its e-books and educational activities once a month with the students in INMED’s after-school academic enrichment program at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center. Instilling the love of reading and learning at an early age is a life-time gift!