Our Programs

Our Programs are born out of strategic partnerships with local school districts and supported through funding from businesses and other community organizations. The youths referred to Improving Minds’ programs are matched with a caring mentor and placed in one or more of the following programs:

• After-school Program – Conducted everyday, during summer, and during short school breaks
• School-supplies Program – We provide youth in this program with educational necessities like schoolbags, clothing, School Supplies and more
• Cultural Program – We conduct educational programs on Cultures in our community and around the world

Summer Reading Camp 2016
Cultural Awareness

The cultural awareness component will focus on developing our students’ cultural awareness, knowledge and sensitivities. We aim to increase our students’ ability to understand multiculturalism, so that they can be more sensitive towards different cultures. This section will cover topics like gender roles, food, dance, music and how media shapes personal perspectives. The goal is to equip our youth with the skills to build strong interpersonal relationships that nurture them throughout life.

Book Reading

In this section, we aim to empower our youth with essential reading skills. Our program will engage struggling readers with the magic of books and storytelling. We make reading fun and rewarding by giving youth access to books that match their reading ability. This way, they are able to grow as readers and improve their reading skills. We will give all readers access to a library card.

Arts and Crafts

Art can be incredibly therapeutic. It can enhance self-esteem, refine motor coordination, build academic understanding and enhance independent creativity. This section of the program will unlock the power of art by engaging youths in Arts and Crafts. This program will support various learning styles and allow youths to use selected materials as tools for independent creative expression.

Sports and Fitness

Exercise has many mental, physical, emotional and health benefits. Exercise has the power to improve your mood by releasing endorphins in the brain. We seek to promote a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness through mental and physical games.

Etiquette

At Improving Minds, we have formulated creative, engaging and fun ways to teach youths important social and communication skills, as well as the ABCs of table manners and building self-assurance. In our Etiquette program, we will teach youths the following:
• Table Manners – Be sure to eat in small pieces and not stuff too much food in your mouth at once. Learn how to use the right utensils for different types of food.
• Telephone Manners – Learn how to speak nicely and identify yourself properly over the phone.
• Be Gracious – When you are invited to a gathering that requires an RSVP (which means Respond as You Please), be sure to let the person know if you can make it.
• How to Tie a Tie – Girls and boys will learn how to tie a tie.
• Be Open to New Foods – When someone offers you food that you may not like, try it anyway. You may end up liking it!
• Importance of Shoes – People believe that the way you maintain your shoes are indicative of the way you handle detail in life.
• Be Friendly – Take the initiative to talk to that new kid in class. If you were that new kid, wouldn’t you like that too?

Yoga

Yogi Kids and Youth Fitness Program is an integrated curriculum that brings nutrition and physical fitness education to elementary youths of low-income backgrounds. Proper nutrition and physical fitness prevent obesity and are critical to good health. In this program, our youth will learn how to improve their overall health and fitness levels. They will even learn how to reduce the risk of developing life-threatening illness later in life. This program also encourages parents and families to get involved in the lesson. The main goals of this program include:

1. Providing 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
2. Identifying that a healthy lifestyle involves eating a variety of healthy foods and being physical active.
3. Learning that fruits and vegetables help keep us healthy.
4. Learning the food pyramid.
5. Learning and identifying safe food handling habits in the kitchen.
6. Learning that eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
7. Learning how to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet.
8. Learning and identifying snacks from the different food groups.
9. Playing will take place outdoors when possible.
10. Offer non-competitive activities.

KERT (Kids Emergency Response Training)

This program is design to teach youths First Aid and CPR for all ages, Relief of Choking for all ages, how Fire Prevention and more.

Our Goal is to:

• Empower
• Promote and educate safety and health education in an engaging manner needed to perform lifesaving skills.
This portion will be taught by a volunteer instructor who is certified by the American Heart Association or The American Red Cross.

NO NEED TO PACK A LUNCH- We got this! Breakfast, Lunch and snack will be provided.

Important Dates

• Summer Reading Camp Begins on June 6th 2015, and end August 19th, 2016
• Early Registration will start on May 18th 6:00 p.m.- 8:00p.m. and May 21st 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at 425 N. Orchard Dr. Park Forest, IL 60466
• Open for registration begins June 1st – June 11th, 2016
• Final day for registration is June 10th, 2016
• Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• All camp materials are provided by Improving Minds Inc.

Early drop off starts at 8:00 a.m. … if you need to drop off your child (ren) sooner 8:00 a.m. or later than 6:00 p.m. Please contact us for more details.

Space is Limited

Click here for Summer Registration Form

Fees
• A nonrefundable $25.00 registration fee is due at the time of enrollment.
• Camp fee $500.00 (includes all supplies)
• Registration and camp fees are due in full unless the family enrolls in the installment payment plan.
• If you wish to register your child(ren) sooner, please feel free to contact us.

Payment & Policies
Families who wish to request a payment plan must register during early registration. A minimum of $175.00 must be made at the time of registration to qualify for installment plan.
Once a payment plan is agreed upon, complete payment must be made on or before June 06, 2015.

Our summer reading camp is intended to assist boys and girls 2-4 grade who are struggling with reading in an effort to combat summer reading loss. If your little one is struggling or having some difficulties with reading, we are here to help you and your child. We understand that you deal with it as a family, make us apart of your family.

Call us today or email us at info@improvingminds.org

Contact Sharon (708)631-5846 or Patti (708) 601-6267

To register your child(ren) for our summer reading camp, please download our application and our brochure for more detail

Improving Minds is a non-denominational organization