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How Can Parents Prepare for Missed School Days?

January 19th, 2018
School

School absences due to illness aren’t just a struggle for children but parents as well.

Deciding that your child must stay home due to an illness can be a difficult decision for many parents. Sometimes, we feel as though we have no one to watch our child and that we can’t afford to take time off from work ourselves. Plus, you don’t want your child to get behind in their academics. Nonetheless, the need for your child to stay home from school while sick will come up sometime or another and there are a few ways parents can prepare for this inevitability.

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Why Volunteering May Be the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

January 12th, 2018
Volunteering

Looking to set a life changing New Year’s resolution? Volunteering may be a great option for you!

We’ve finally entered 2018—and we all know what that means! Now’s the time to start setting some resolutions and trying to improve your life. It’s a good time to look back at how you spent the last year, what you did, and what you wish you had done. If you’ve ever considered volunteering, there’s no time like the present to get started giving back to your community.

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What Dangers Do the Homeless Face During the Winter?

January 5th, 2018
Homeless

Winter can bring about some minor annoyances for most people, but for the homeless, it can be dangerous.

The Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area has been facing a colder winter than we’ve seen in the past few years already; we saw snow in early December and it has continued into early January as well. For most of this, all this signals is that it’s time to pull out the winter coats from under our beds, swap out our tires for winter ones, and shovel some snow out of the driveway. Those who are struggling with being homeless, however, face much more serious and potentially life-threatening dangers during the colder months.

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Getting Back to School: What to Do Once You’re Sick

December 22nd, 2017
School

Starting to get a cold? Here’s what you can do to get better and get back to school or work.

It’s cold season and we all know what that means: missing an unfortunate amount of school thanks to coughing, sneezing, and painful headaches. We’ve previously covered how to avoid getting sick at all, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones who came down with a nasty cold anyway, it’s time to do all you can to recover. Let’s take a look at how you can get back into school or the workplace and be productive once again.

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Tips for Keeping School Attendance Up and Your Child Healthy: Part 1

December 8th, 2017
School Attendance

Staying healthy is always important but especially so when it can impact school attendance.

Winter brings along a few great things: you can be bundled up with your family for the holidays, exchanging gifts and laughter, and for a lot of people it’s truly a magical time. That being said, there’s a reason winter can be difficult for parents in particular. Winter brings along with it coughs, sneezes, sniffles, and trips to the doctor—all of which keep their child out of classes and brings down their overall school attendance, which can have a huge impact on their academic performance. Let’s take a look at some tips from us here at My Brother’s Keeper for staying healthy and keeping school attendance in mind this winter.

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Showing Thanks by Volunteering This Holiday Season

November 17th, 2017
Volunteering

Happy Thanksgiving from us at MBK! Consider donating or volunteering this holiday season.

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to take account of all the blessings you have in your life and reflect on how lucky you are to have those things. It’s also the perfect time of year to think about ways you can give back to the world; what can you do to benefit your community? Volunteering in Baltimore may just be the best way to do that. Let’s take a look at some of the problems Baltimore is facing and what you can do to help.

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Tips for Writing a Resume

October 23rd, 2017
Resume

Crafting the perfect resume could give you the edge you need to get a new job.

We realize how important a resume is in this day and age. More often than not, it’s an employer’s first impression of you and can make or break their decision to hire you. If you haven’t had very much work experience or are simply worried that your resume isn’t up to snuff, we’re here to help. Searching for meaningful employment is difficult enough, but if you’re willing to take the steps to get the right resume, you may just find the job you’re looking for.

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Taking a Look at The Relationship Between Homelessness and Mental Illness

September 25th, 2017
Homelessness

There’s a strong correlation between homelessness and mental illness.

It’s a hard statistic to face but approximately one-third of the total homeless population suffers serious, untreated mental illness, according to a research summary put together by the Treatment Advocacy Center. It’s startling to think that one of the most entrenched and difficult problems to overcome in America isn’t merely a class distinction but a public health epidemic. Today we want to take a look at the relationship between homelessness and mental health and why they play into one another.

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How Does Poverty Impact Students in Higher Education?

September 18th, 2017
Poverty

Living in poverty can have a huge impact on how one pursues higher education.

Higher education is plagued by soaring costs and shrinking financial aid, making accessibility for those living through poverty increasingly difficult. Students from low-income backgrounds have to work incredibly hard to even make it into college, but beyond that, it becomes even more difficult for them to stay and do well. The fact that poverty has such a large impact on students may lead some to believe that those in poverty just aren’t capable of doing as well in higher education, but let’s take a look at how and why being poor has such a massive impact on students in higher education.

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How Does Hunger Impact The Brain?

September 15th, 2017
Hunger

Hunger can have huge developmental impacts on children’s brains.

We all know how much hunger can ruin our day. Around lunchtime, our stomachs tend to grumble and we need to start snacking. By letting ourselves get hungry, we start to get sluggish and a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Even the short-term effects of hunger are detrimental, so it’s important that we look at the long-term impacts that improper nutrition can have on a person. Today, we’re taking a look at how hunger can have huge impacts on the brain.

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