september 2021 Newsletter 
 
Our Mission: Promote healthy life decisions through family education and community partnerships.
Board of Directors
 
Corey Wiggins
President
Terrye Jones
Vice President
Judy Wiener
Treasurer
LaShirl Wilder
Secretary
 
Kevin Bingham
Susan Hays Carson
Inglish DeVoss
Donna McLaurin
Nicole McNamee
Linda Raff
Susan Rockoff
Shedrick Rogers
Ann Skelton
 
 
Jeanne Luckett
Immediate Past President 
 
Tammy Golden
Executive Director
 
Zaria Bonds
Program Specialist
 
Betti Watters
Board Emerita
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
FACILITATOR FEATURE: THE VALUE OF IN-PERSON
PROGRAMMING 
 
I had the chance of facilitating an in-person tween talk with another facilitator in July. We traveled to Shannon, MS, and facilitated the lesson to F.A.I.T.H. Prep Academy. I met some wonderful people that invited us to come back anytime. I must say, my overall experience was great. I connected with the parents that I facilitated the lesson to that treated me with the utmost respect and who were very engaging with the lesson. I discussed and facilitated, “Comprehensive Sex Education for Middle School Families”. The topics discussed in this lesson were: reproduction and sexually transmitted infections (STI) facts, consequences of risky sexual behavior, and pregnancy prevention (including abstinence and contraceptives).
 
It is important to have open and honest conversations with both parents and children about these topics to prevent misconceptions, have accurate and safer knowledge to make healthy decisions with relationships, and help set the tone for parents to have easier conversations about sex at home with their children. The in-person session was important because of the hands-on experience, engagement from both the parents, children, facilitators, and it gave me the chance to build rapport and trust, show dedication, motivation, and the time spent was valuable because you got to establish a stronger relationship with the parents and children because in-person meetings can be more focused and productive than online meetings.
 
Kyree Smith
Drew, MS Facilitator
 
 
 
 
Growing Up Knowing is happy to announce that we have
been selected as a myWalgreens Featured Nonprofit for the next  three months! 
 
 
You can donate your Walgreens Cash rewards to make an impact. It is easy! Sign up or register at https://mywalgreens.com/ . Your preferred store location determines choice of local nonprofits so be sure to enter 39202 or Jackson, MS.
 
We are also excited to share that we will be awarded funds in the amount of $100 from the first myWalgreens Donation Program!
 
Now you can help GUK reach our $500 goal! Be sure to share with your family, friends, and neighbors!
 
 
 UPCOMING VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
 
Understanding My Body In Partnership with Planned Parenthood Southeast
 
 
Join us for a workshop in which youth grades k-3 will be
able to identify body parts and understand the importance
of using correct terms for those parts.This workshop is only
for young people in grades k-3. 
 
 
My Body My Boundaries with the Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health
 
Growing Up Knowing is so excited to announce that we are partnering
with the Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health again to implement our My Body My Boundaries Elementary program.
The program is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22 at 6 pm. 
 
You may RSVP for yourself and your child(ren) at this Sign Up Genius link:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49ADAA22A7F9C25-virtual8
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yes! You Can Help! 
 
With a generous gift today, YOU can support Growing Up Knowing’s
virtual My Body, My Boundaries programs, and 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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Tammy Golden
771 N Congress St
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