This Page is Not Complete and is Under Construction
The content of this page will contain information about structured programs & activities that will be provided which are currently being considered by our Board and largely based on discussions with the school administration, parents - and, of course, local teens. We're not planning anything too profound, and anything we do will be defined by the resources & support we may have after construction is complete. For now, you can check out the info below to see where we're going...
One of the programs we're already planning for is the USDA's Summer Meals Program. There are a few hoops to jump through to become an official Site, but we are already communicating with the State Dept of Ed staff (that manages the program at the state level) - so we're beyond the "good idea" phase on this one... May take a while, but it's doable.
Related to the program above, but more organic (i.e. an integral element of the Teen Center) in nature, are the Culinary & Food Science activities we're planning. These activities will be structured, but managed completely in-house. Fact is, we come from families that spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It's the place where we talk, tell stories, experiment, have fun, make messes, sneak cookies, and make some killer food - it's the one place in the home, above all others, where essential Life Skills are developed... So if kids are hanging out on a Friday night, for example, it just makes sense to cook up some good chow and have something to eat - right?
When it comes to raising children, we place a lot of value on Individual Character and Social Competencies. Sure, every kid is different and the experiences of each have certainly shaped who they are and how they behave. That said, we know what the Bible says about right & wrong behavior, what the root causes of right & wrong behavior are, and what is useful for training & bringing up a child. One of our favorite pastimes is looking through old civics books that were once used to teach young boys & girls about such things - and it always amazes us to see how much effort and value society placed on morality, being respectable & hard-working citizens, and how they understood that such things truly affected the health of the community & nation. We don't plan to have a bunch of structured programs & activities for these things; rather, we'll simply maintain an environment that will foster this kind of development.