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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to decrease overall bullying by effectively empowering students with the tools & resources building their emotional intelligence while advocating for youth wellness and providing coping mechanisms for youth experiencing childhood trauma.

Results: We have established partnerships with the following schools & organizations. 1. Washington School for Girls (Elementary and Middle aged girls) 2. Francis T. Evans Elementary School 3. Boys & Girls Club of FBR 4. Nationals Youth Baseball Academy 5. Johnson Middle School

Target demographics: Elementary & Middle Schools

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 children in the Washington DC area

Geographic areas served: Washington, DC

Programs: As a trauma survivor of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), I know first hand the challenges the youth are experiencing growing up in poverty stricken areas riddled with drugs and gun violence. I was able to survive those high stress environments but not without severe PTSD, anxiety, suppressed childhood memory and academic struggles. It wasn’t until I matured and learned coping mechanisms. The more I analyzed research and studied brain function is when I realized the impact childhood trauma had on my life. Fly By Nature Foundation was formed to bridge the gap to that the whole community is trauma informed and given the tools and resources to heal. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education, job opportunities, and earning potential. However, ACEs can be prevented. We created a curriculum aligned with Social Emotional Learning helps youth develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success. Our curriculum helps cultivate compassionate school environments that support hurting kids while building safe communities. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs. Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full potential. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 47 percent of children and teens have experienced a traumatic event, such as the death or incarceration of a parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with someone who has been suicidal or who has a substance or alcohol dependent, according to new federal data. In Maryland and in Virginia, the rate was 41 percent. The findings come from state-by-state survey data released Thursday from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, which aims to take a first-ever real-time look at the rate of children affected by adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Such experiences can have serious long-term impacts on a child’s health and well-being studies show, including increased risk for smoking, alcoholism, depression and heart disease. Public health advocates hope this data, which is expected to be collected annually, will undergird a wide range of policy changes to prevent such adversity and to help children heal. Our curriculum was designed to help children heal and thrive in school so they can achieve academic success. Removing those barriers that prevent children from learning is vital to them having positive outcomes and becoming productive citizens. What empirical evidence supports the effectiveness of SEL implementation? Research confirms and teachers, parents, and principals agree: Social and emotional competencies can be taught, modeled, and practiced and lead to positive student outcomes that are important for success in school and in life. Decades of research studies demonstrate the following benefits of SEL: • Improvement in students’ social and emotional skills, attitudes, relationships, academic performance, and perceptions of classroom and school climate • Decline in students’ anxiety, behavior problems, and substance use • Long-term improvements in students’ skills, attitudes, prosocial behavior, and academic performance • Wise financial investment according to cost-benefit research Our Youth Wellness Curriculum is designed around evidence based programming to establish cohesion between classroom, schools, families/caregivers and communities working together to achieve common goals. Here are the 5 Core Competencies: * Self Awareness * Self Management * Social Awareness * Relationship Skills * Responsible Decision Making

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Iman J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Fly By Nature was founded by a childhood friend. The drug culture and senseless violence were at an all time high during our formative years. As such, many of our classmates did not make it to graduation. To be considered one of the only upwardly mobile members of your neighborhood is a huge responsibility. You are constantly being bombarded with pleas for assistance.

Exhausted by my drive to help others, I vowed to utilize my resources. I contacted Fly by Nature Foundation to assist a friend with several children with obtaining hygiene and household products. The items were delivered to her home by the founder of Fly By Nature along with notes of encouragement from their partners. My friend called to thank me via Facetime, smiling from ear to ear.

The founder of Fly By Nature is continuing a legacy of service to others as demonstrated by his grandfather. Before the crack epidemic, Washington, DC was a bustling metropolis with a network of activists working to improve the Washingtonian experience. Fly By Nature has the potential to reach a broader spectrum through their efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an organization that truly cares about the youth. They work very hard to provide programs that out children NEED. Keep up the excellent work in the community!

1 Timothy J. B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fly By Nature spearheads one of the biggest issues for our children, bullying, in the coolest way. With an approach that makes an impact on the children they work with, Fly By Nature can be seen all around the Washington D.C. region promoting their anti-bullying, anti-violence, community minded agenda. They host events that provide school supplies and/or holiday gifts for children, they host events with motivational speakers for children, they work with local schools to create supply lockers for underprivileged children, they host community events, they have a really cool clothing line that promotes anti-bullying as well. This is a Non Profit functioning and thriving at the heart of the people in Washington D.C. It is fitting that Fly By Nature continue to receive recognition and exposure as they continue to serve the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fly By Nature is out in the community at all the events raising awareness about bullying, working to help kids understand it’s not cool, and being a positive presence. They also partnered with my for the 3rd annual Flash Tech Summit, which is a day of tech workshops to expose kids to different areas of tech and it’s completely free

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this organization on their Flash Tech Summit last month and it was absolutely amazing!!! The dedication this Foundation has for helping local youths is remarkable! I am definitely looking forward to volunteering for future events with Fly By Nature Foundation.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an Amazing time Volunteering my time with the Fly By Nature Foundation. I enjoyed sharing knowledge / experiences with the Youth. The Fly By Nature Foundation is a great example of what we need more in our communities.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working the 2nd annual toy drive on 12/8 at the Boys and Girls Club. I had such a great time from working with other volunteers, to the entertainment, and most of all seeing the kids enjoy the games, Santa, dance contests and more.... Fly By Nature Foundation is full of amazing people who simply wish to give back to the community and they did an awesome job by throwing this toy drive. I’ll definitely be back next year to volunteer!