Building Blocks Hosts Inaugural Event
On Saturday, January 28, Building Blocks, a new NYJL committee for the 2016-2017 volunteer year, officially launched with its New York City community partner, the Single Parent Resource Center (SPRC).
The Building Blocks committee is focused on providing interactive play with moms and babies (age 6 months to 4 years) to create a safe and supportive environment for the new moms to bond with their children. The goal is to provide free “Mommy and Me” classes to an under-served community that would not normally be able to afford it in order to facilitate quality mother-child time.
NYJL volunteers attend with their own children so that they may lead by example and demonstrate healthy mother-child interaction. The activities also allow for informal conversations between the NYJL volunteers and the single moms so they can get to know each other and the volunteers can better understand and meet the needs of the single moms and become part of their supportive network.
This model of teaching and learning together integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen both communities. For their inaugural event, the NYJL and SPRC were thrilled to have Kelsey Fox Bennett donate her time to lead an interactive session that included yoga, scarves, brain gym techniques, songs, and games to facilitate movement-based learning.