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More Than College and Work . . . Life

It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing.

Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.

Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.

Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?

So much to celebrate and bring attention to this month. Just in time for the annual National African American Read-In, a groundbreaking effort established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to encourage communities to read together and focused on African American books and authors, we have launched our Spark Reading Club and Writing Lab to engage middle school students, grades 6-8, who enjoy reading fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery in an exciting virtual space to share, discuss, discover and create.

Encourage a middle school student to read with In Reach and check out Read-In recommendations on https://bookshop.org/lists/african-american-read-in-2021-staff-recommendations. Commit to reading. It's a wonderful pastime.

It's World Read Aloud Day! And In Reach has something to say about it. Read all about why we are supporting this initiative.

LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day in 2010 in celebration of the power of reading aloud to create community, to amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right.

Check out what guest licensed therapist Pamela Little discussed with Teens Talk TV host Solange Muller on the Teens Mental Health and Self-Care episode. Ms. Little shared many helpful tips on how to stay present and manage mental health and self-care during this unprecedented time. Watch the episode to learn how S.A.F.E.T.Y. can help you center, step by step.

S – Sleep
A – Activity
F – Food
E – Evaluate
T – Try Again
Y – Yield

Please share this post with others who may find this information useful particularly teens and young adults.

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.

Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.

The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.

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