Donations Needed!

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We’re seeking a donated or deeply discounted truck or van to aid us in our operations.

As our valued supporters know, our work providing extracurricular activities and leading community service projects takes us to many locations throughout the DC area.

We often have to rely on our staff to provide transportation of volunteers, bulky program materials, large quantities of food, and so on.

A vehicle devoted to our operations would be more efficient than using our staff members’ personal vehicles, decreasing the number of cars, the amount of time, and the amount of fuel necessary to transport materials. Our own vehicle will also build our capacity to deliver our students and volunteers the best experience possible. If you have any leads that will allow us to secure a vehicle within our budget, we are eager to pursue these. Please respond to info@sowhatelse.org, thank you!

Programming material donations wanted! So What Else seeks all sorts of materials to be used in our after school programs for under-served children, including school supplies, arts and crafts supplies, and new or gently used sporting equipment! A wide variety of materials will be accepted. We will be collecting during the Fallsgrove Community Halloween Parade, at 400 Casey Ln, Rockville, MD 20850 from 3pm to 6 pm on Friday, October 31. If you are unable to make this event but would like to donate, please respond to info@sowhatelse.org to make alternate arrangements.

Program of the Month: Taste and Move

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Taste and Move is the center program around So What Else’s mission to create a healthier lifestyle for our youth.

This program kicked off in 2013 at just 2 sites and has grown to being implemented in 4 schools and 1 community center per week. Our healthy living program is designed to introduce and encourage kids to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. The program combines hands on cooking lessons, nutrition lessons, fun fitness activities and gardening lessons to engage students in new and fun ways to stay healthy.

The program’s mission is to teach kids that food is fuel and health is happiness. In our program students explore the concepts of organic foods, local and seasonal foods, sustainable eating and GMOs. By encouraging kids to grow their own food and eat healthy we are empowering them to take control of their health at an early age. Our program strives to make healthy living fun and interesting instead of a chore or burden, encouraging children to care for their health and well being.

After a long day of school our program re-energizes students and encourages kids to stay active. Through group cooking lessons youth are able to gain teamwork and leadership skills and they are given the chance to develop new relationships with their peers. Learning about growing your own food creates self-efficacy and empowerment in youth. Students gain a sense of pride in providing for themselves and feel more in control over their lives. Trying new foods and learning new accessible snack recipes encourages kids to eat more LIVE foods full of nutrition and less processed foods with no nutrition. The physical activity students take part in during the program gets them moving and encourages them to keep moving after school instead of sitting in front of the TV.

The programs ultimate mission is to combat childhood obesity and prevent diabetes and disease at an early age. All the ingredients used in our program are organic and nutritious. Students are able to eat what they cook in the program thus providing them with a nutritious snack after school. This helps students focus when they go home and have to study and work on homework.

Our  goal is to expand this program to 2 new additional sites in the Spring of 2015. To help us reach our goal please donate! We cannot reach more students without your help.

Tutors Wanted

Date: recurring; Monday through Thursday; Now Through December 18.
Time: 5:00PM to 6:00PM
Location: Cabin John Middle School (10701 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac, MD 20854)

Tutors are needed to help first through eighth grade students build their reading skills. Local organization Scotland Storm holds study sessions Monday through Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 6 pm in Potomac. Ideal candidates are patient, positive, enjoy working with children and are committed to helping these children succeed. Openings available immediately! Applicants should be consistently available at least one night per week. Tutoring experience a plus but no certifications necessary. Minimum age of 18. Applicants will be subject to a background check. Please send an email to williams.aj.91@gmail.com briefly describing your interest, experience, and availability, and please include your phone number.

Fall 2014 Program Kickoff

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September 29th marks the kickoff week for our fall after school programs. So What Else and our team of Youth Development Practitioners will be teaching a total of 24 youth programs at 14 different sites.

We have a wide range of programming being offered this semester, all with the common core focus of teaching our students the importance of community and the importance of helping others. We are providing Fitness, Yoga, Hip Hop Dance, Expressive Arts, STEM and Healthy Cooking Classes.

All of our programming is free to the students and families that live in the under-supported communities that we serve.

To volunteer at our after school programs please email us at info@sowhatelse.org. We are looking forward to a great semester that is full of creativity and learning!