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Financial Literacy

Apr 30, 2016 1:29:29 PM


FINANCIAL LITERACY...A POWERFUL TOOL - Hello friends! One of the ways in which we help empower the women in our Full Circle Exchange Job Readiness Training program is by providing opportunities for them to practice what they have learned and show their growth. The women are able to earn "Full Circle Bucks" through notable improvement in skill level, display of leadership, or acts of kindness. The Full Circle Bucks that they earn can be used at what the women have come to call, "Friday Market". Each Friday they bring out all of the items that have been donated to the program and they can trade their Full Circle Bucks for any items in the market. The market provides opportunities to practice what is learned in the Financial Literacy classes taught each day during enrichment as well as by our community partner Bank of the West (thansk BOW...you ladies rock) and is a tangible measurement of small and large successes each week. If you would like to help empower women in your community we are currently seeking donations for: NEW OR GENTLY USED clothing and accessories (women's, childrens', mens). NEW toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, etc.), laundry soap, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items. Bus passes and grocery store gift cards in small denominations. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm at 2127 Century Way, Boise

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Lowering Language Barriers

Apr 17, 2016 11:05:29 PM


Many of the women enrolled in our Full Circle Exchange Job Readiness Training program begin their journey with us knowing very little English. A very few were allowed educations in their previous countries. But many have never written or read before, even in their own language. Part of our 3-6 month holistic job readiness program aims to lower language barriers by providing these incredible women instruction and practice with English that fit their varied language level skills. By the time the women are ready to apply for jobs they have improved ability to read, write, and converse in English. They dedicate so much time to learning English and their hard work pays off! Learning a secondary language is one of the most difficult things to achieve and it takes years to master any language. It is inspiring that these determined and capable women are able to improve their language skills in only months. To help support the Full Circle Exchange Job Readiness Training Program click here http://bit.ly/1xjD2TQ *photo: Job Readiness Training enrollee in class with "Teacher Daniel"

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Art Therapy

Apr 1, 2016 11:08:00 PM


ART THERAPY - Another tool we use at Full Circle Exchange to help the women in our Job Readiness Training program heal is creating and coloring in mandalas. The reason mandalas are so powerful in healing is because it is an active form of meditation. The movements used to create mandalas are repetitive, which help to reestablish a steady rhythm. The repetitive action requires a light focus rather than lot of thought or decision-making. This is what helps helps bring a person into the "here and now" instead of living in the past or present. This allows the women to focus on the present and their current goals. It also empowers to discover their abilities to create beauty and art.

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Healing and Enrichment

Mar 3, 2016 10:55:00 PM


As part of the Healing and Enrichment portion of our holistic Job Training Program, we recently welcomed Courtney Beth , one of our Full Circle Exchange advisers, and founder of The REN Method. Courtney is an accomplished entrepreneur and aromatherapist. She taught us about the power of scent in healing. She spoke about scents and how they can trigger memories and taught us how to transform those memories into something positive by creating our own scents full of things that are pleasant to us. With her, she brought along 17 bottles of various natural essential oils with which the women in our program were able to make their own customized scent. Courtney spoke about the natural healing properties of each essential oil and how they could be used in daily life. She had everyone smell each of the oils to decide which ones they liked best. After gathering 3 scents they liked, each woman was able to combine them to make their own, unique perfume. Many of the combinations the women made were combinations the therapist had never thought to make before and she was pleasantly surprised to find out how wonderful and powerful they smelled. She also noted that throughout her 10 years of experience as an aromatherapist she had never seen so many people in one demonstration choose the lemongrass scent. While every woman’s customized scent came out to be full of different combinations, it is empowering to also see the similarities. Every woman has a different story and comes from a different culture, however there are many things that can unite people together and this incredible opportunity to learn about the power of scent only proved how learning and growing together can create unison. Thanks Courtney!!!

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Emotional Healing

Feb 2, 2016 11:02:00 PM


EMOTIONAL HEALING - While much of our focus is on job readiness and skill training, we also know that the women who join our program carry many heavy burdens as well as a history of emotional and physical trauma. As part of our holistic approach, one of our 4 main pillars is "Emotional Healing." Along with art and music therapy, we have recently incorporated Yoga into our program to begin the process of shifting trauma towards a state of ongoing healing. A study done at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts revealed that participation in trauma-informed gentle yoga significantly reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Sometimes the trauma a woman endures can impair her immediate ability to learn new skills or secure and keep a job. We work with each woman to empower her through healing and equipping her with the emotional tools which remind her that she is strong enough to overcome any obstacle she encounters. Yoga is an incredible tool to use for healing and stress management; one that the women can use long after they have left our program.

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