During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, we were impacted personally as one of our youth participants tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Out of an abundance of caution, we asked all our youth participants and their families to monitor and report to their doctors if any of them began exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Our foremost concern is for the recovery and well-being of the affected individual and their loved ones. We will continue to prioritize the most vulnerable among us and do everything we can to safeguard the health and wellness of our staff, participants, and surrounding communities.
To protect our students, families, and staff we are doing everything possible to make sure FAN continues to create safe places and linked hearts during this challenging time. As part of our COVID-19 response efforts we have implemented the following:
Cleanliness. We have hired a specialized cleaning company to sterilize our programming space and administrative offices. By taking this action we are ensuring that our space will be safe for students, families, and staff returning for programming.
Safety. Due to the recent positive test of one our families, all staff have been asked to self-isolate and to watch for symptoms for at least two weeks. Additionally, we have canceled in-person programming in alignment with DC Public Schools.
Community Services. Because we believe in being a community resource, FAN will serve as an emergency food distribution center. To date, we have supplied families with 497 breakfasts and snacks.
Virtual Programming. On Monday, March 23rd, we moved all of our programming virtually. Students can now participate in Movement Mondays, Truth Circle Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Try it out Thursdays, and Virtual Field Trip Fridays. Tune in each day at 4:00 p.m. via Instagram Live @Fihankradc. Every Saturday during this time, we will also be hosting virtual Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) sessions at 4:00 p.m. By continuing to offer programming during this time we are ensuring our participants are provided with academic, enrichment, and coping support opportunities throughout this pandemic. We are also in need of virtual tutors!
We appreciate the continuous support that our community has exhibited during this evolving national crisis. If you would like to learn more about how you can support members of our FANmily please contact me directly or consider a contribution online.
We will continue to share relevant updates as the situation unfolds. Please continue to practice social distancing, self-isolate if you are not feeling well, and continue checking for updates and heeding counsel from DC Department of Health or your local health department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If there are any questions or concerns, you can call me directly at (202) 380-9390 x1.
FAN is turning 15! Join us this year as we pay homage to the work that we've done in the past and gain focus around the work we're going to do in the future. This year is all about 2020 vision, but you can't know where you're going unless you understand where you've come from.
FAN opened the doors in 2005 as a safe space for fostered youth. Since then, we have expanded to be a home for anyone who may be impacted by the child welfare system.
Over the years, we've managed to serve over 200 FANmilys, connect and sustain relationships with over 15 funding and community partners. Jobs have been provided for more than 5 alumni participants. We've also been able to keep the doors open and provide a nurturing environment for participants despite leadership changes, economic hardships, and navigating the everchanging landscape of the DC area. What started out as just a means to providing a safe space turned into so much more. In addition to our 4 programs (Trauma informed after school, summer camp, alumni, and caretaker), we also operate as a drop in center. Being a drop in center means that anyone from the community can walk into our space and be provided with services!
As we come close to the end of the first quarter in 2020, we're still making progress. We've celebrated Dr. King, Valentine's Day, and welcomed a new member to our FANmily. We made new community connections with Oye Palaver Hut & Let's Go Boys & Girls to introduce the art of storytelling, and stem to our youth participants. We've also continued our partnership with Project Create to give the participants art therapy. Our Alumni group received resources surrounding housing, food, clothing for job interviews, and employment.
We are committed to working toward creating safe, nurturing spaces where participants can be themselves and get support. We look forward to continuing the work.
Hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
Mark your calendars for December 3rd, #GivingTuesday. Black Friday and Cyber Monday can hollow you out with sales, sales, and more sales; but, on #GivingTuesday....instead of buying, let's give.
Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso, otherwise known as FAN, is a charitable organization dedicated to creating safe and nurturing spaces for DC youth and thier families. As FAN's Executive Director, I am excited about the progress FAN has made over the years and hopeful about the level of impact we will continue to have with your support. Take a look below to see all that we've done in the past year alone.
Next year, we're excited to be celebrating 15 years of service. Thank you for being a part of our journey! The next 15 years will be even more fulfilling.
Now, more than ever, FAN needs your support for stronger, more positive and direct impact on the lives of the children in FAN. Please join me in donating to FAN on December 3rd at at our Global Giving Project Sitewhere we need to complete our goal of $10,000.