May 2020 Newsletter
Our Mission: Promote healthy life decisions through family education and community partnerships.

Board of Directors
Jeanne Luckett
Terrye Jones
Vice President
Judy Wiener
LaShirl Wilder
Kevin Bingham
Susan Hays Carson
Inglish DeVoss
Geraldine Chaney
Mary Jackson
Nicole McNamee
Brad Pigot
Ann Skelton
LaShetta Wilder
Corey Wiggins
Linda Raff
Immediate Past President 
Tammy Golden
Executive Director
Zaria Bonds
Program Specialist
Betti Watters
Board Emerita
“The information discussed in this program is helpful for parents like me. All parents need to begin the conversation about private body parts and physical boundaries with their children. This was an open environment to discuss those topics with my child.” 
-a statement from a parent participant who attended Growing Up Knowing’s My Body My Boundaries program at the Boys and Girls Club Canton Unit.
Growing Up Knowing's RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Like many of you, Zaria and I have been working from home since the middle of March. Our full slate of programs has been cancelled, and we do not know when they will be rescheduled. Schools are closed for the year and summer programs are on hold. So we are doing what many of you are doing, pivoting our style of work and creating new ways to continue our mission!
Currently we are working toward remote programming offerings that will target the specific needs of the students who are now at home. Continuing with the content of our signature programs and creating both video and live streaming sessions for students ages 3-14 and their parents/caregivers, we hope to provide the tools that families need to keep their children healthy and safe. Especially in these unusual and stressful times. Our Facilitators are on-board and excited to continue doing what they do best! Check out an update on all the programming we did before the lockdown in our Programming Report. And enjoy a sneak-peak at some of what’s to come with a special video reading of “No Means No” by Facilitator Sabrina White
As always, fundraising continues and your gift to Growing Up Knowing can make a difference! Be sure to see our updated Giving Section at the bottom of this newsletter, and contribute if you are able. The children we serve have never been more vulnerable, and it is our goal to find new ways to reach them and continue teaching empowerment and personal safety.
Until Next Time,
Tammy Golden

Programming Report
During the first three months of 2020, Growing Up Knowing implemented the My Body My Boundaries program for Early Childhood and Elementary programs ten times. Growing Up Knowing reached over 200 families. Many thanks to our community partners for partnering with us!
  • McWillie Elementary School
  • Power APAC School
  • Operation Shoestring
  • The Institute of Southern Jewish Life
  • Boys and Girls Club Units: Canton, Sykes, and Capitol.
  • Northside Baptist Church

Facilitator Spotlight: Shonnie Cooley
Shonnie Cooley is the Projects Coordinator for Parents for Public Schools (PPS). She has been with PPS for 11 years this August. PPS provides programs that prepare parents to advocate for the success of their students, schools, and communities. Part of her duties include facilitating workshops and coordinating meetings.
Originally from the Detroit, Michigan metro area, Shonnie and her family moved to Jackson, MS almost 20 years ago. She is wife and proud mother of 3 adult children (2 daughters and a son). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Detroit College of Business in Dearborn, MI.
Shonnie has been a facilitator with Growing Up Knowing (GUK) since her training in January 2019. Her favorite program to facilitate is My Body, My Boundaries for Elementary-Aged Children. Although she hasn’t facilitated Tween Talks yet, she looks forward to facilitating Tween Talks in the future.
"The things that sets GUK’s programs apart from others is that I haven’t seen/heard of another program that addresses not only the students but the parents as well and GUK programs start discussions about important information that is hard for most families to talk about."
During Shonnie’s down time, she enjoys painting pre-drawn canvases, doing puzzles and listening to music. Other fun fact is she loves to dance and enjoys Zumba.
You Can Help! 
Join us in May for $5 Fridays! Your donation of only $5 helps us create digital content to share with students who are out of school and learning remotely. Your donation has never been more important or more appreciated. If you can do more, please do!
With a gift of just $25, you can sponsor a family to participate in a My Body, My Boundaries program; and with $300, one family gets to participate in The 'Tween Talk. Your tax-deductible gift of any size will directly help Mississippi children and families grow up knowing how to make healthier life decisions.
YOU can help cultivate a culture of consent for families in your community. Do you know of a school, community, afterschool, or faith organization who would like to partner with us at no financial cost to implement one of our three signature programs (My Body, My Boundaries for Early Childhood FamiliesMy Body, My Boundaries for Elementary School Families, and The 'Tween Talk: Comprehensive Sex Education for Middle School Families)? You can refer them to us by clicking here.

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