Monthly Archives: April 2015
The HAPI-YEP Word of the Day is REMUNERATION. The first 2 students to find Veejay and tell him what it means will get an extra stamp! Hint: He’ll be on campus today for HAPI-YEP Lunchtime!
On April 16-17, 2015, we took our students on a two-day field trip to visit the Inland Empire’s prestigious universities. We took them to the University of California, Riverside, Cal Poly Pomona and the University of La Verne. Instead of the usual campus tour, we toured various resources on campus and had student panels. It is important for the students to know about their needs and the various support and resources available to them on campus. In doing so, we hope the students will better utilize all these resources in order for them to succeed in the near future. A big thank you to UCR, Cal Poly Pomona, University of La Verne, and OCAPICA Scholars and MHS Alumnis for making this field trip possible! Check out the photos below!
University of California, Riverside
Cal Poly Pomona
Other Fun Activites
We want to say thank you to one of our community partners, VAALA and Trinh Mai for facilitating a 3 day art workshop for our youth. The students learned to how to create Haikus and also how to create self portraits of themselves. Art is a very important piece of personal expression. At HAPI-YEP, we like to introduce different methods of self-expression and hopefully the student will gain an interest in the arts.
Some of our OCAPICA Scholars came back to visit our HAPI-YEP students at MHS. The Scholars provided insight on Financial Aid and their experiences during their first year of college. It was wonderful to see the Scholars come back to their Alma Mater and encourage our students to get to college. Anything is possible!
As academia becomes more competitive each year, students are placed under increasing pressure to excel. The consistent stress to out-perform others creates a hostile environment for developing, young minds. These negative influences of stress and pressure endangers the mental health of students. However, students have come to develop better and better coping mechanisms to deal with the negative influences.
Upon request, a yoga workshop was created and hosted for the students of the HAPI-YEP. Students were able to learn and perform a number of various yoga techniques and poses in order to maintain their optimal mental wellbeing. From the mountain pose to the reverse warrior pose to the chair pose, students explored a variety of simple yoga poses while focusing on their breathing. The yoga workshop provided students with the rare opportunity to stop and take a deep breath. Because these opportunities are few and far in between, the students anxiously participated and took the care of their mental health into their own hands. The workshop gave students the chance to take a proactive stance regarding their mental wellbeing. With this activity as a precedent, students will hopefully continue to maintain their mental wellbeing on their pathways to success.