Quarterly Newsletter
January 2019
Our Mission: Promote healthy life decisions through family education and community partnerships.
Linda Raff
President
Joann Mickens
Vice President
Judy Wiener
Treasurer
LaShirl Wilder
Secretary
 
Kevin Bingham
Mary Jackson
Terrye Jones
Jeanne Luckett
Harriett Oppenheim
Brad Pigott
Gwendolyn Prater
Ann Skelton
Corey Wiggins
LaShetta Wilder
 
Dana Larkin
Executive Director
 
Leah Wittenberg
Program Specialist
 
Betti Watters
Board Emerita
We deeply appreciate our 2018 donors who made our success and progress possible:
 
Laura Anderson
Anonymous (4)
Judy & Rims Barber
Kevin Bingham
Janice & Buddy       Blumenthal
Steve Boone
Melba Bowman
Christine & Jerry   Branson
Jeanne Burns
Kelly & Thorne Butler
Sarah & Richard   Campbell
Susan & Dorsey Carson
ChemFirst/First   Mississippi Corporation
 Charitable Endowment
 Fund
Janet & John Clark
Dr. & Mrs. Alton Cobb
Marcy Cohen
Community Foundation  for Mississippi
Shante & Walter
 Crockett
Lynn Crystal
Betsy & Kane Ditto
Mrs. Brad Dye
Entergy Mississippi,
 Inc.
Sonya Enyia
Judy &
 Charles Ferguson
Summer Graves
Miriam Gray
Susan & Macy Hart
Margaret & John 
 Harvey
Sam Humphrey
Mary Jackson
Rita & Larry Johnson
Terrye Jones
Debra & Alex Kassoff
Robin & Jeffrey Kurtz-   Lendner
Nsombi Lambright
Dana & Jonathan
 Larkin
Davetta & Jonathan
 Lee
Jeanne Luckett
Diane & David Martin Eszean McDuffey
Rosemary McElroy
Camille McKey
Susan & Pat McNease
Mike McRee
Joann Mickens
Marion Miles
Frances & Cooper   Morrison
Diane & David Morse
Ginnie & Luther Munford
Susan & Hibbett Neel
Frances Jean & Walter   Neely
Harriet & Jed
 Oppenheim
Beth & Steve Orlansky
Janet & Luther Ott
Phoebe & Rob Pearigen
Carol & George Penick
Margaret & Brad Pigott
Becky & Don Potts
Gwendolyn & Wesley   Prater
Ginger & Matthew Raff
Linda & Michael Raff
Beverly Ray & Reed   Branson
Karen Redhead
Sheila Rubin
Betsy & Joe Samuels
Don Sawyer
Ann Myers & George   Schimmel
Alexis & Aaron Schwartz
Brianna & Ben Shahvar
Ann Skelton
Bessie & Leland Speed
Seetha & Asoka   Srinivasan
Lynette Sroka & Joseph
 Huttie
Carol Taff
Dorian Turner
Danielle Wahba
Wellsfest
Judy & Joshua Wiener
Katherine Wiener
Corey Wiggins
Lashetta Wilder
LaShirl Wilder
Leah Wittenberg
Sharon & Joel   Wittenberg
Mary & Hilary   Zimmerman
Before Growing Up Knowing...
 
A six-year-old girl and her mom seldom talk about sensitive topics; it's just too uncomfortable. When the director of the girl's afterschool center asks them to participate in a program hosted by Growing Up Knowing, they apprehensively agree.
My Body, My Boundaries...
 
The girl and her mom attend My Body, My Boundaries Elementary School Program at her afterschool center. The facilitator tells the families what to do if they are in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe - be "R.A.D." -Run away, Ask an adult for help, Describe what happened. At home, the girl and her mom discuss what they learned.
After Growing Up Knowing...
 
Three weeks pass and the girl tells a friend that someone is touching her inappropriately. Her friend reminds her of the program they attended and reiterates that she needs to tell an adult. The girl pulls the director at her afterschool program aside. "Remember that program where we learned that if you're in an uncomfortable situation you should tell an adult? Well, you're my trusted adult so I need to tell you I'm being touched." As a mandatory reporter, the director immediately notifies the Mississippi Department of Human Services. She then sets up a meeting with the girl's parents and a social worker. The afterschool organization now has a protocol in place to help families in the future. The afterschool director reports the children who attended My Body, My Boundaries are much more vocal protecting their physical boundaries with their peers.

You Can Help Protect More Children
  • Do you know someone who would make an excellent Growing Up Knowing facilitator? Send them this link to apply by January 25th.
  • Have you previously participated in one of our programs? Join our new Facebook group specifically for past parent/caregiver participants in all of Growing Up Knowing's programs.
  • Did you know a gift of $25 sponsors one family to participate in My Body, My Boundaries Elementary School Program? Give your tax-deductible gift now of any amount so more children can grow up knowing how to make healthier life decisions.
Breaking News!
 
We are the proud recipient of a three year grant from The Phil Hardin Foundation.
 
“Growing Up Knowing takes a unique approach to sex education, including abuse prevention, by directly involving parents with their children in honest, open discussions about sexuality and sexual health in ways that are medically sound and proven effective. We are impressed with what they’ve already done in a few short years in working with middle schoolers to prevent teenage pregnancy and more recently with abuse prevention for younger children. The Hardin Foundation is excited about our partnership to help Growing Up Knowing expand and sustain its good work with schools, congregations, and community organizations in addressing these far too prevalent problems in Mississippi.”
 - Lloyd Gray, Executive Director of The Phil Hardin Foundation
Meet Our Partners
 
We are grateful to the following organizations for partnering with us to implement our programs:
      

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Address postal inquiries to:
Dana Larkin
PO Box 16123
Jackson, MS 39236