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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Why Children and Teens Should Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

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There are approximately 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old in the United States, and there have been nearly 2 million cases of COVID-19 within this age group during the pandemic. COVID-19 can make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death. Children are as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults and can:

  • Get very sick from COVID-19

  • Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19

  • Spread COVID-19 to others, including at home and school

As of mid-October 2021, children ages 5 through 11 years have experienced more than 8,300 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and nearly 100 deaths from COVID-19. In fact, COVID-19 ranks as one of the top 10 causes of death for children ages 5 through 11 years.

Children who get infected with COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)—a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Since the pandemic began, more than 2,300 cases of MIS-C have been reported in children ages 5 through 11 years. Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with children without underlying medical conditions.

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks. Get a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 years and older as soon as you can.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html

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BLACK CHILDREN'S BOOKS
TO GIFT YEAR ROUND

Gift these life-giving books throughout the year!
 

INDEX

From left to right

1. Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry -- Based on the Academy Award winning short film of the same name, Hair Love is a beautifully illustrated ode to loving one's natural hair and the beautiful relationship between a father and his daughter. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/585658/hair-love-by-matthew-a-cherry-illustrated-by-vashti-harrison/

 

2. I Promise by Lebron James -- A personal favorite of mine, I Promise by NBA champion Lebron James follows a diverse group of students as they are encouraged to be respectful, imaginative, and, most of all, true to themselves. 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-promise-lebron-james/1136469263

 

3. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson -- A President Obama "O" Book Club pick, Brown Girl Dreaming is a collection of poems by New York Times best selling author Jacqueline Woodson based on her life growing up as a Black woman in the 1960s and 1970s. 

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/304851/brown-girl-dreaming-by-jacqueline-woodson/ 

 

4. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison -- Featuring 18 trailblazing Black women in American history, this beautifully illustrated book was a bestseller and is the best goodnight story to inspire big dreams. 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-leaders-vashti-harrison/1126605253

 

5.  As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds -- This right of passage story follows the love of two young brothers as they navigate through the concept of generational and family love. 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-brave-as-you-jason-reynolds/1122750735?ean=9781481415910

 

6. Happy Here by Sharna Jackson -- Introduced by bestselling author Sharna Jackson, Happy Here features stories and poems by ten talented Black authors as they explore the themes of family, joy, and love.

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FOOD INSECURITY
NOVEMBER 2021

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Photo Source: Penn State University

Food insecurity is the lack of consistent access to enough food to meet the needs of all individuals within a household and can be divided into two categories. The first is that of low food security. Families with low food security generally obtain enough food to avoid disrupting their eating patterns and rely on assistance programs and local pantries. The second is very low food security. In these households, normal eating patterns are often disrupted, with individuals having reduced food intake due to insufficient money or other resources.

According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, over 27.5 million households in the U.S were food insecure at some point in 2020. Of these households, 14.8% had children under the age of 18 under their roofs. Black and Hispanic households had significantly greater instances of very low food security. With the national average within this category being 3.9%, twice as many Black households reported having very low food security compared to other groups. This figure rounds up to a staggering 8%.

Food insecurity rates have remained unchanged from the 10.5% precedent in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced every sector of society to adapt, and this is very present overwhelmed public school system especially when it comes to providing school meals for children. With the shift to virtual learning, many households become ineligible for National School Lunch Program. This contributed to the burden of food insecurity for millions of Americans. 

As the leaves change to vibrant reds and yellows and the sun begins to set in the late afternoon, there is but one reprieve on the minds of students and families across the United States: The coveted Thanksgiving break. As we dine and give thanks in remembrance of those we have lost and the immeasurable sacrifices that have been made in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, let us not forget that the food which lines our tables might be one of the keys to creating a healthier and better future for our growing children.

 

Briana Dickerson, Uzima Health & Wellness Intern 

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BACK TO SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 2021

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Uzima wishes students and families a safe and successful return to school! #MaskOn

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DO YOU PLAY BASKETBALL?

 

Uzima Founder and CEO, Dr. Kendra Outler sit-downs with Yale Associate Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Nii Addy to discuss micro-aggressions and assumptions black male students face.

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UZIMA Stands with naomi

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COVID and THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

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Decision to continue to online education for low income children:

Children of lower socioeconomics live in  communities  with limited access to computers and or internet access. This is also compounded by the stress of not having regular meals and no help with instruction.  This combination can cause the child to less attentive and disengaged in the learning process. As  schools around the nation decide what is best for their respective communities, parents will have to decide if computer based learning is effective for their child.

 

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/09/10/59-of-u-s-parents-with-lower-incomes-say-their-child-may-face-digital-obstacles-in-schoolwork/

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COVID-19 AND SCHOOL

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Most parents of K-12 students are worried about their children falling behind in school because of pandemic-related disruptions

Amid disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, a majority of parents of K-12 students (65%) express at least some concern about their children falling behind in school, with three-in-ten saying they are very concerned. Parents with lower incomes (72%) are more likely than middle-income (63%) and upper-income (55%) parents to say they are concerned about their children falling behind in school as a result of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

Parents whose children are getting a mix of in-person and online instruction are the most likely to be concerned about their children falling behind in school, and those whose children are getting in-person instruction only are the least likely to be concerned. About three-quarters of parents whose children are getting a mix of instruction (74%) say they are very or somewhat concerned about their children falling behind, compared with 65% of those whose children are getting online instruction only and 56% of those whose children are getting in-person instruction only.

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