Posted by Brian Pekarek · February 17, 2014 2:55 AM
Darius Rucker had it made with Hootie and the Blowfish. He could easily have coasted and enjoyed his success for years to come. But he decided to listen to his heart and take a huge risk by venturing into country music.
The start of school brings social and emotional pressures that present enormous challenges for kids. Try some reassuring rituals to create an emotional connection as they leave for school and return home.
A recent meeting in Washington of the influential network that’s changing the way donors decide which nonprofits to support singled out WINGS for presentation as an example of a high-performing nonprofit.
The average family will spend $548 on back-to-school items this summer, according to the National Retail Federation. Consider giving some of your family’s allotment to WINGS — where at-risk kids get the kind of social and emotional tools that don’t fit in a backpack, but mean so much.
Posted by Brian Pekarek · December 01, 2009 2:37 AM
Facing up to his choices in the classroom wasn’t easy, but Uriah Singleton shouldered his responsibility in school, and his triumphant football coach said that’s why the running back has been such a success on the field.
Energetic first-grader Shamar Brehon is having so much fun at WINGS this year, now that he has learned some new strategies for coping with surprises. As the Creed promised, self-control brings “much better days!”
Posted by Brian Pekarek · November 01, 2009 2:43 AM
In an extraordinary display of cooperation, the Boeing Co. worked together with the state’s political leaders to reach agreement on a jet assembly plant that will bring almost 4,000 much-needed jobs to South Carolina. That’s the kind of teamwork that the WINGS Creed teaches because “working together is a must.”
Influential philanthropy leader Sean Stannard-Stockton declared Laying the Groundwork for the Growth Years Ahead “the best annual report I’ve seen from a nonprofit – serious info, easily digested.” Check out the news about lessons learned, dollars saved and interest from Oprah!
Only a couple of months into the school year, and first-grader Victor Sanchez is already flying high! WINGSLeaders praise his self-control and teamwork. In his Sparrows Nest, he's always quick to show support and cheer on the other kids with utmost enthusiasm.
Posted by Brian Pekarek · October 01, 2009 2:54 AM
As the Creed reminds, “working together is a must.” When champion collaborator Lucy Beckham of Wando High School was named the best principal in the nation by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, confetti poured from the ceiling and kids cheered.
WINGS is really at the right place at the right time. The momentum building in philanthropy for investing in high-performing nonprofits with measurable results favors the impactful organization and model that WINGS has built up over 13 years in the field.
Fourth-grader Tiera Alexander really emerged from her shell last year during the Great Outdoors Choice Tiime when she got lots of opportunities to practice speaking up and sharing ideas with teammates.
Posted by Brian Pekarek · September 01, 2009 2:55 AM
With an extraordinary grip on her emotions, the gutsy 17-year-old Melanie Oudin wowed the crowds at the U.S. Open as she knocked off one experienced player after another on the way to becoming the youngest quarterfinalist in 10 years.
The Sept. 2 brawl at North Charleston High School that resulted in 26 arrests may necessitate police presence and hall monitors, but the real answers to the problems there will be found in the early childhood years.
Ten-year-old Tess Abedon loves stealing bases, catching pop flies and the crack of a hardball hitting her bat. She’s so passionate about baseball that Tess joined an all-boys team at an age when other girls prefer softball.
Somehow we just expect kids to learn to read facial expressions automatically. Some do; others are slow to understand these emotional clues. But it’s a readily taught skill. And it’s fun, if you use Pick a Pic!
Trinice Bowens vows never to change her phone number so WINGS kids will always know how to reach her. Eight years after she led the Flamingos’ Nest, she is still hearing from her girls and getting together regularly for sleepovers and heartfelt talks.
WINGS just got a big vote of confidence and a four-year $677,490 grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will help support the new after school program we’re launching at North Charleston Elementary School.
Soar to the Top in Your Flip Flops – Benefit for WINGS kids at Gold Bug Island on July 18, complete with pig roast, open bar and great music. Tickets sold here - $35 in advance, $40 at the door - and at Poe’s on Sullivan’s Island.
Talented White House photographer Callie Shell visited WINGS recently and shot some amazing pictures of our kids. Her artistry and empathy is clear to see, whether she’s shooting the Obama family or after school antics. She’s a College of Charleston grad.
Second-grader Caitlin Cornell quickly became part of the WINGS family despite a late start at Chicora Elementary School. She’s already won a Focus Factor award for ignoring distractions and keeping her eyes, ears and energy on the task at hand.
An empathetic approach makes Callie Shell’s photographs of President Obama’s first 100 days extraordinarily compelling. Just like WINGS kids learn in The Creed, she wants to “learn more about everyone I meet.” Read more. Watch video of Callie & photos.
Ever feel like a dictator when talking to your kids about doing what needs to be done? There’s a better way to communicate and get action! Try this.
Our track record proves that WINGS successfully motivates the most challenged and disadvantaged kids. We aim to reach the most at-risk students in at-risk schools. That’s why we’re launching a new program this August at North Charleston Elementary School. Read more.
Second-grader James Brisbane earned the WINGS Behavior Improvement Award in November and has been working hard to live up to The Creed. His favorite Choice Time activity was Alley Cats, when he learned how to bowl and was extremely proud of all his strikes. Read more.
Our 1 + 1 campaign offers a unique opportunity to maximize your impact – if you act before the 1st day of summer. Give $50 to WINGS, and one matching donor will give $50 and a second matching donor will add $100. Your gift grows into $200 to spend on our kids! The offer lasts ‘til June 21. Donate now.
He’s big, he’s pink, he’s always glad to see you! We think Mr. Pig soars because he spreads good cheer wherever he goes in our community, connecting with kids and making people smile at the mere sight of his oversize porcine presence. Read more. Watch Mr. Pig recite The Creed.
Everybody makes mistakes. That’s why it’s important to learn how to apologize, take responsibility and make amends. Teaching kids these important lessons is a lot more fun when you create an apology pot. Here's how.
More than 2,000 fluffy pink clouds covered with smiley faces filled the skies over London on a bleak winter day as one artist’s attempt to lighten the gloom and doom afflicting so many of us lately. Read more. Watch this video of Happy Clouds.
Fourth-grader Zyquiasha Meggett brims with confidence and charisma. She really loves singing, and worked hard to learn about opera during Choice Time voice lessons offered in partnership with the Charleston Academy of Music. Her instructor said she took full advantage of the opportunity. Read more.
- Henry David Thoreau
Multiply your impact! Give $1 to WINGS and it will be matched by $1 from a supporter. Give $11 and it will be matched by $100! This campaign expires on the 1st day of summer. Join us in our Movement to transform lives – 1 kid at a time! Donate now.
Max Simon aims to teach 1 million young people to meditate and become more self-aware. He leads groups in meditation in unlikely public places � like the Louis Vuitton store in Beverly Hills. His motto � "less stress, more success." Read more. Watch a video of PDM.
When kids get input in decision-making, they may not get exactly what they want but they learn to find solutions everyone can live with. Explain fairness with the win-win grid. Here's how.
A new investment of $6 million by the foundation headed by Jennifer and Peter Buffett sends an important signal that this Movement to advance social and emotional education is gaining national momentum by leaps and bounds. Read more.
Fourth-grader Davion Anderson really loves learning to play golf during Choice Time, even though he�s definitely stepping outside his comfort zone, getting to know the volunteers who teach 1st Tee. It�s not always easy to practice what The Creed preaches. Listen to The Creed. Read more.
- Evander Holyfield, Boxer
U.S. News & World Report polled researchers and came up with a list of 5 ways to be happy despite the deepest recession in decades:
1. Take care of yourself 2. Become more charitable 3. Spend more time and money on enjoyable activities 4. Invest in relationships 5. Focus on what you�re grateful for
Posted by Brian Pekarek · February 01, 2009 2:57 AM
Maintaining calm under pressure is a learned skill – a social and emotional skill. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger demonstrated how crucial that skill can be when he crash-landed US Air Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. Read more. Need to decide who’s going to take out the trash, sit in the front seat of the car or get the last piece of pizza? Fingers Up shows kids a fair way to make hard decisions. Here's how.
From The Wall Street Journal to Oprah, the experts are offering tips for surviving the tough economic climate we face this year. But what guides people through this or any other crisis in their lives? Emotional intelligence. Read more.
Tyquez Legree has become so much more confident and outgoing over the last year, it’s hard to believe how shy he was when he arrived at WINGS. He enjoys Buenos Amigos Choice Time, learning about Hispanic culture through fun activities. Tyquez is quick to pick up Spanish phrases like “acuerdo” – agreements. He’s learning at WINGS how important it is to keep the acuerdos he makes. Read more.
- Anatole France, Writer
They’re calling it “the Obama bounce.” It’s got nothing to do with poll numbers or the way he dances. It refers to a sudden rise in feelings of wanting to pitch in, help out, make a difference. If you are feeling the bounce, please consider giving time or money to WINGS. We promise to make a real difference in the lives of kids with your gift. Connect now.
Posted by Brian Pekarek · January 01, 2009 2:57 AM
WINGS | Helping Kids Soar
Now that she’s attending Duke University, and a member of student government, Aris Hanchard is amazed at how many different kinds of people she meets. Her WINGS experience prepared her to “step into their shoes” and celebrate those differences, she says. Read more. Instead of frustrating power struggles with your kids, offer choices that include them in the decision-making process and encourage their independence. How about making it a resolution for the New Year – fewer power struggles, more choices! Here's how.
What distinguishes the most effective leaders? Emotional intelligence. That’s the conclusion of a study of 188 global companies in the Harvard Business Review. At WINGS, leadership development starts in the elementary school years. Read more.
Third-grader Shadin Selim came to Charleston from Egypt and knew no English when she started at WINGS. It was very difficult at first for her, but she’s learning to be proud of a heritage that’s different from her classmates’. It helps to hear that The Creed says, “I understand others are unique.” At first her accent made her reticent – now she’s talkative and sociable and constantly volunteering to participate. Read more.
- Tiger Woods
It hasn’t been easy for WINGS to balance the budget for 10 years or keep six months of operating reserves. Careful investors tell us that in such a rocky economy, this sound fiscal track record now inspires confidence that WINGS will provide value and impact for the money entrusted to us. Donate now.