Wheelchairs Against Guns Presents: The Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic

Wheelchairs Against Guns Presents: The Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic

Wheelchairs Against Guns would like to invite all New York City children, ages 6-18, to the first annual Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic. Registration is FREE and all kids will get FREE t-shirts and lunch after each game. Clinics will be held every Saturday, during the summer, from 10am – 12pm in the park of PS 28, located at W. 156th Street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem New York. The Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic was created to present an alternative to kids hanging out on the street. For two hours, parents can take comfort knowing their children are safe playing in the park and not hanging out on the corner getting in trouble. In addition to learning the fundamentals of basketball, the clinic is designed to teach children the value of teamwork, build positive self esteem, and develop critical thinking skills that will help them make better decisions.   Wheelchairs Against Guns is a non-profit organization comprised of men living with disabilities as a result of gun violence. During the school year, members of the organization visit New York City schools to conduct anti-violence workshops that teach students practical ways to deal with bullying, gangs, and gun violence. Kareem Nelson, the founder of Wheelchairs Against Guns, had this to say about the Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic: “At our workshops, we teach students three lessons — critical thinking, how to have positive self-esteem, and conflict resolution strategies.   The basketball clinic was created by our COO Terry Parris, as a way for WAG to give back to the community, while continuing to reach the youth during the summer months...
3 Simple Ways to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

3 Simple Ways to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

No matter how many gifts you give to your child, there is one gift that is the most wonderful and priceless of them all — YOUR LOVE. YOUR LOVE come with no strings attached and is in an ever abundant supply. It nurtures your child and provides a blanket of protection to make them feel safe and secure as they grow through the various stages of their life. Knowing there is a loving and supportive parent in their corner, builds your child’s self esteem like nothing else. And that’s a good thing… because they will need a healthy dose of it to navigate through all of life’s trials and tribulations. With that in mind, here are 3 simple tips you can use to help build your child’s self esteem: 1. Teach them how to respect themselves and others – Unless you show your child respect, they will never know what it looks like. If your child doesn’t develop respect for themselves and others, they could go through their entire lives undervaluing their capabilities and never living up to their full potential. A great first step to teaching your child respect is effective communication. Speak to them politely and use a calm tone. Try to avoid raising your voice when they have done something wrong. Instead, seek to understand why they did what they did, then patiently correct them. Lashing out at your child can cause them to retreat emotionally and feel like they have no value to you or themselves. So when having conversations, listen intently to what they are really trying to say, rather than waiting for the...
3 Effective Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teenagers

3 Effective Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teenagers

A child’s character is forged by the principles and values they learn from home and at school. It goes without saying, parents and teachers play an important role in their mental and emotional development. When children are young, it is easy to direct their behavior, but as they enter into their teenage years, the changes in the child’s personal life make it more difficult. As a teenager, they begin to feel many new emotions they never felt before and their bodies undergo unexpected physical changes. As they struggle to cope with these new developments, the teenager may begin to rebel against their parents and teachers. In their youthful minds, they mistakenly believe these new changes mean they are now old enough to make their own correct decisions. Consequently, the teenage years are a time they experience many social conflicts in their lives. If you have a teenager and recognize they are going through this phase, here are three of the most effective conflict resolution strategies you can share with your child: 1. Encourage them to talk about the conflict —  If your teenager is having a conflict with someone, encourage them to sit down with the other person and try to talk it out. Tell them it is okay to express their emotions to the other party, but also let them know it is equally important to understand the other person’s point of view. Most of the time, they will see that the conflict was nothing more than a misunderstanding or miscommunication. Share this conflict resolution strategy with your teenager and let them know you are there if they...