After School & Summer Camp

VOLUNTEER NEEDS: Weekly Tutors/Mentors, After School Mondays through Thursdays from 3 pm to 5 pm starting September 19th

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After School serves Summit Lake youth in grade school, from 3 pm to 5 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, throughout the course of the school year. Children come, receive a snack, play board games or educational computer programs, receive homework assistance and tutoring, play a group game, enjoy a Bible study, and then head home with another snack. After School students take monthly Friday Fun-Day field trips to various environmental, educational, and recreational sites. The After School program also employs Youth Leaders who assist the youth with homework and learn valuable job-skills while working.

Summer camp operates from June through August and like after school is intended for 1st through 5th graders. Summer camp operates like after school, but with a pronounced emphasis on recreation, Bible study, and reading. Summer Camp provides children with a daily snack and weekly Friday Fun-day trips.

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Open Gym

VOLUNTEER NEEDS: Weekly Tutors/Mentors; Meal Providers

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Open Gym operates from January through May serving local, adolescent males, aging from 4th grade to young adults. On Thursday evenings from 6 to 9, Open Gym invites teenagers and young men to compete in a basketball tournament, provides a warm meal for the participants, and challenges the students through guest speakers, break-out discussions, and academic tutoring.

Open Gym has expanded its ministry to include taking college experience field trips and transporting students to and from their homes.

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Bike Shop

VOLUNTEER NEEDS: Weekly Helpers

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Bike Shop runs from mid-spring to late summer. It is open Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Local youth, ranging from 3 to 19 years old, come and work on bicycles. No bike is free at bike shop! Those who work hours at the shop — maintaining their own bikes, cleaning the shop, and assisting others, earn bikes. Pending on the age of the child, after a certain amount of hours are worked, the child can take the bike home. For example, a five year old may have to work just 2-4 hours to earn a bike, while a thirteen year old will be asked to work 6-8 hours. The used bicycles are all donated from local organizations and churches. The bike shop is always in need of tools, tubes, patches, and chains.

Feature Article: Bikes, Cops & Kids

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Studio

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South Street Studio meets on Wednesday evenings for 6 to 8 week intervals.

Young ladies gather to design jewelry, talk with mentors, and step into womanhood. Through crafting and artistic expression local girls work with Christian women that encourage and love them.

This women’s empowerment program is in need of used jewelry and quality arts & crafts supplies.

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Sports

VOLUNTEER NEEDS: Weekly Tutors/Mentors, Tutors for Football & Cheerleading Tutoring on Wednesdays nights from 5:30 to 7:30 September 7th through October at Mason CLC

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Young boys that are interested in playing football have to make it through a grueling week of football camp! Once the training week is complete, the boys are awarded scholarships to play on teams in the local football leagues. South Street helps provide transportation and equipment for the young men! Football runs from August through October. With weekly tutoring and spiritual formation, South Street has seen some of these young boys grow into Christian, student, athletes!

For boys connected to South Street’s sports programs, Wrestling is a chance to develop physically and personally. Boys are transported to Buchtel’s youth wrestling program and learn how to conduct themselves on the mat and off! The boys participate in tournaments and learn the technicals to win, the character to lose, and the strength to grow into manhood. Wrestling runs from November to March. South Street works with Alpha Phi Alpha to connect African-American youth to the soccer field! The young boys have a chance to play within a diverse environment and learn the technicals and character skills required to play on a team!

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Community Gardens

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Urban Gardening begins in early spring and endures until late fall (depending on the crops planted). Youths meet weekly with community leaders. The urban gardens require initial tilling and sowing, daily weeding and watering, and harvesting when the plants are ripe. Children and adults from the neighborhood participate in the process along with volunteer groups. Local youth are hired to mow, weed, and maintain the plots of land. The youth are instructed in keeping track of their hours, how to properly and safely use lawn service tools, and receive compensation for their efforts along with advice on how to save money and set financial goals.

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