Brain Awareness Week

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Children’s Home of York

Organized by:
Children's Home of York

Participating Organizations:
Children's Home of YorkYork/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2015

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Press Briefing
  • Radio Show
  • Other: A Foster Family BAW Arts and Education Evening

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Other
  • Professionals
  • Other: Foster families
  • Other: administrators
  • Other: teachers.

Approximate Number of People Reached:

300

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Classroom Events: we held 5 separate classroom brain awareness events throughout our agency programs and various other community agencies. Each session consisted of: Introduction to the brain by way of Brain Jeopardy Game, displays featuring: brain functions, brain composition, neurons and communication between brain and the body, Senses, and an optical illusion art gallery. Students created brains out of clay. The Foster Family BAW Arts and Education Evening. Started the evening with a family meal, followed by a parent presentation on "the developing adolescent developing brain". The youth participated in a "healthy Brain Scavenger Hunt" and then met up with their families afterward, where they visited several self-directed exhibits and participated in three different art projects: Making a Clay Brain, Making a Brain Hemisphere Hat, and Making a Brain Mobile. Families stopped by our "photo shop booth" to capture the evening fun on film. The evening was a fabulous success. We were not expecting the turnout we received, as getting foster families to come out to evening events is always problematic. The families truly enjoyed this event and look forward to other similar evenings. Our classroom BAW events were also very well attended. Kids had a blast participating in all aspects of event, and were thrilled to take home their own hand made clay brains. We are so thrilled about the success of this event, that we look forward to expanding it to local schools.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Agency NewsletterFoster Parent NewsletterPersonal ask

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Agency newsletter Personal ask Foster Parent Newsletter flyers

Resources

Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • BAW Buttons

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Fact Sheets

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Actually, we would not have had these events nor participated in BAW without your assistance and excellent awareness campaign. Your generous supplies of pencils, stickers, buttons, erasers, booklets, etc., helped tremendously with the cost and creation of materials. Partnering with BAW gave our event more bang. Our event was mentioned during our Agency's licensing process when the state interviewed some of our foster families, who commented on how great the event was and they look forward to m

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Start planning early. Invite creative folks to the planning table. Be flexible!

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

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Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):

Foster families commented: "this was a great family event" "I learned so much about the adolescent developing brain, like they need so much sleep" "I didn't realize how much time it took for the brain to develop". "We loved making brains out of clay". "The brain hemisphere hat was so much fun". "Thanks for a wonderful fun, family event."

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Contact Details

Contact Phone:

717-755-1033 x 1244

Contact Email:

hgyimesi@choyork.org

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