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Give Big Kern- Only 7 Days Left!

Give Big Kern is in 1 WEEK! Please join us and the giving spirit of the Kern County community as we join together to raise money. Give Big Kern is a one day event (but you can give all month long!) in which nonprofit agencies collaborate in a 24-hour crowd-funding campaign.

Curious as to what your donations* will provide at our agency? Here is a snapshot of the difference you can make with a quick and easy contribution:
• Only $10 can provide a weekend outing for a child with Autism in our Butterfly Bootcamp program
• Just $30 can provide a MONTH supply of clinical materials for a College Connections student (that’s only $1/day!)
• Only $75 can provide a full counseling session for a child/adult that is un- or under-insured
• Just $100 can provide a MONTH of parent training sessions for two caregivers

Please join us in our efforts to make psychological and educational services affordable and available to all! Make your donation here: https://www.givebigkern.org/organizations/learning-dynamics-inc

*ALL donations go directly to provision of programs and services

Earth Day: FREE Park Admission

We have over 400 national parks to enjoy in our country. It is National Park Week and today is Earth Day! Today and tomorrow, 117 of these parks across the country that normally charge an entrance fee ranging from $5-$30, are offering FREE admission to everyone! Visit the National Park Service website and find a participating park near you.

Whether you can make it this weekend or not, there are additional days this year to enjoy free admission:

August 25: National Park Service Birthday

September 30: National Public Lands Day

November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Looking for more ideas for Earth Day? Here are 5 simple and fun Earth Day activities posted yesterday.

 

5 Ideas for Earth Day- April 22nd

 

Earth day is tomorrow! Here are 5 simple and fun Earth Day activities to spend the day enjoying and supporting our wonderful planet:

  • Spend some time in your garden- planting a tree or small garden is a great way to spend Earth Day. Trees are not only beautiful, but also beneficial to the environment! Vegetable and/or flower gardens can be simple to create and also provide healthy foods and beautiful flowers.
  • Make an earth friendly meal- shop your local farmers market and try out a new recipe utilizing only ingredients found from local sources.
  • Litter clean-up- individuals, groups, and families can band together to clean-up their neighborhood, a park, and communities by picking up litter.
  • Attend a green event- there are many events throughout communities. Here are two events happening this weekend, one in Kern county and the other is Los Angeles county:
    • Greater Bakersfield Green Expo-showcases recycling and renewable energy businesses and services throughout Kern County, and also includes a recycled art competition for high school students https://gbgreenexpo.org/
    • Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo- includes fifty exhibitors from all over Los Angeles County and Ventura County and also will have numerous children’s activities to teach kids about the environment while they have fun http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/earth-day.html

#HEAL

If you follow LDInc on social media you might have noticed our inclusion of #HEAL on every post after our agency hashtag (#LDInc). Here’s a little insight into its meaning- #HEAL is an acronym for Hope, Empower, Achieve, and Learn- pillars of our agency’s mission and values.

Hope
Our agency aims to instill and encourage hope in everyone we serve. We strongly believe that hope is instrumental to the work we do. We want to inspire our clients to maintain hope in all situations- hope that they can instill change; hope that they can be, do, and feel better; and hope that they can reach their goals.

Empower
We want to empower each and every person who walks through our doors. Empowerment means that each person believes that they have the competency, capability, and strength to enact the necessary changes to improve the themselves and their relationships.

Achieve
Success for us, is helping our clients to achieve the goals they set for themselves. As much as someone may want to reach their goals, we know there are times when their energy may be limited. We partner with our clients; working tirelessly to match their efforts, and provide them with emotional and tangible resources, to help them meet and exceed the goals they set for themselves.

Learn
Learning is a never-ending journey, that is energized through the sharing of knowledge between our staff, clients, and community members. As an agency, we strive to continue learning and developing, as individuals and as a team. Our aim is to continuously seek out knowledge, resources, and strategies to strengthen our ability to effectively serve others. We use this as a tool to promote the well-being of others and disseminate helpful information throughout the community.

#HEAL
It is our “HOPE” that we are able to “EMPOWER” others to “ACHIEVE” their goals when they “LEARN” new ways of thinking and doing, that are personally meaningful and culturally-harmonious.

We are faithful that the confidence gained will inspire them to share their talents and skills with others, so one day we are all able to #HEAL.

 

Help Prevent Child Abuse

Every child should feel safe and experience a childhood that is free of abuse and neglect. While that is not the case today, we have the opportunity to work towards a better tomorrow where this is our reality. April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Let us take this opportunity to remember that that we can make a difference in the lives of children across this country.

We may think that child abuse does not affect the children in our family or the families of those we know. Statistically, everyone that thinks this cannot be right. Every day, five children in the United States die because of child abuse1. Sadly, almost 80% of these cases involve at least one parent1.

Whether we are providing prevention or intervention, our efforts can make a big difference in the lives of children today, and the families they grow up to have tomorrow. Fostering healthy parenting and positive family interactions within our own families, and those of our family and friends, is an excellent place to start. Need some ideas? The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services put together a great list of 10 things that we can do to help prevent child abuse2.

  1. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. (2017). Child Maltreatment 2015. Available from: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment
  2. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (n.d.) Child Abuse Prevention Tips. Available from: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/child-safety-and-protection/child-abuse-prevention-tips