What do Summer Programs look like in 2020?
Starting July 6, The GreenHouse is offering four weeks of a "hybrid" Summer Camp (both in-person and online) for kids and teens. We will be leading small Summer Camp sessions for kids and teens in our local park and The GreenHouse Educational Garden in the mornings, and then online enrichment workshops in the afternoon. Holding camp in these spaces enables us to create an environment for growth and connection, while making safety a top priority. Here's a taste of what our summer programs will include:
- Relationships. After months of staying home, kids and teens will connect with caring adult mentors and their friends. Our elementary students will meet in small, stable groups of nine, and our teens in a cohort of twelve.
- Nature. Families that live in the GreenHouse apartments don't have yards, so most kids spent recent months indoors. Our programs will be completely outdoors, giving kids the chance to play with water, dig in the dirt, harvest peaches, run, and enjoy the fresh air (while social distancing)!
- Hands-on Learning. Using individual bags of supplies, kids will mix and measure in cooking projects, build STEM designs, conduct chemistry experiments, and join the library reading challenge. Teens have weekly incentives to advance in math and reading through online and in-person activities.
- Mental Wellness. Through partnership with a licensed clinician, we are weaving in a weekly discussion about mental health and tools for managing stress and anxiety. Youth will learn the "butterfly hug" for calming their bodies, the "container" tool for dealing with hurtful words, and more.
- Creativity. During morning sessions, youth will work with clay, hold percussion circles, draw and journal in sketchbooks, and paint. In the afternoons, GreenHouse staff will hold online creative workshops, dropping supplies off on students' doorsteps in advance.
- Connecting with God. In a time of "shifting sand" under our feet, experiencing God's love as our foundation makes all the difference. Teens will be invited to meet weekly in the evening at the park for prayer and Scripture study.
- Job readiness and community service. Through connection with The GreenHouse, five of our teens enrolled in an online job readiness program offered by the City of Sacramento, which includes a $300 stipend. For several students, this means they can postpone finding a job while developing critical skills and focusing on school instead.
The coronavirus pandemic is costly for everyone, but its consequences for children's development are profound. Access to high-quality, supportive summer programs will make a powerful difference in kids' lives right now.
Join us in having a real impact this summer!
Please consider becoming a 2020 Summer Sponsor. When you give $50 or more, you will receive a thank you picture from GreenHouse youth in our summer programs. Thank you for your partnership in ensuring that local kids and teens have the opportunity to grow and thrive in GreenHouse Summer Camp this year!