Perseverance Life Skill Speaker: Alaina Meekins-Kent

HALO Volunteer Alaina Meekins-Kent joined the HALO Staff in June, sharing her perspective on Perseverance. As a dedicated community advocate with a fervent passion for mental health and cultivating joy in life, she talked with the HALO team about her story and tool kit for working on June’s Life Skill. Alaina is the visionary founder of ConSOUL Collective, a non-profit …

Time Management Life Skill Speaker: Jen Rogers

HALO Volunteer Jen Rogers joined the HALO Staff in April, sharing her tips and tricks for Time Management. As a certified professional life coach, keynote speaker, and podcaster, she gave the HALO team tangible techniques for working on April’s Life Skill. “Too many people suffer from decision fatigue without knowing it. They wonder why pursuing their dreams of growing in …

Self-Discipline Life Skill Speaker: Albani Beza

HALO Volunteer Albani Beza joined HALO Staff in February, opening up the conversation about Self-Discipline. Her life and experiences as a young entrepreneur and mom were inspiring and motivating for HALO Staff when reflecting on February’s Life Skill. Albani graduated high school a year early to pursue a career as a hairstylist. A year into her apprenticeship, she became a …

The Power of Trauma Informed Yoga

Entering into the Spring season means that it is a time when we can take a step back and focus on various areas of self-care. One of the most powerful outlets for self-care for our HALO youth is through attending trauma informed yoga and meditation classes at the HALO Learning Center.   According to healthline.com, a traumatic event is an …

January Goal Setting

January is goal-setting month at HALO and our youth are already well on their way to getting their goals off the ground and turning them into a reality. The Learning Center has made sure our youth have learned how to set goals that are SMART: (S)pecific, (M)easurable, (A)chievable, (R)ewarding, and (T)imely. Many of our youth set goals that revolve around …

Integrity In Practice

Integrity, noun: 1: Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; incorruptibility 2: HALO’s September Life Skill 3: What our kiddos show in spadesThis week, our kiddos created comic strips depicting themselves or others showing integrity. We discussed how having integrity means keeping promises, being honest, and doing the right thing. Some of our characters are standing …

August Life Skill of the Month “Confidence”

In our workshops this month, we worked to help teach our youth to have healthy confidence in themselves by encouraging positive self-talk and facilitated discussion about the things that make them feel confident. We found ways to help youth rethink negative thoughts about themselves and helped steer conversations toward talk of strengths and talents — we taught them to focus …

Focus – Our May Workshop

The life skill for the month of May was focus! Our art projects this month were centered around this theme. We believe it is important to cover this topic with our youth because focus is the foundation for a solid work ethic, which provides opportunities and success for our kids. Check out what they have been up to below!On the …

HALO November and December Guest Speaker of the Month

November’s Life Skill is “Health”. HALO invited Kelli Jones to join us to speak at our monthly staff meeting. Kelli took a holistic approach to health, focusing on mind, body, and spirit. Kelli talked about the importance of prioritizing sleep to let your body heal.  Creating a bed time routine is helpful to let your body know it is time …