AFTER SCHOOL OUTREACH
We welcome students to come to Our House after school on Monday through Thursday for a healthy snack and help with their homework. This is not after school child care, but rather an opportunity for children from the neighborhood to get help with homework and learn to be responsible with their homework, tests, and assignments. We intend to encourage and mentor Our Kids and help them gain confidence in their abilities to excel in school.
Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade come to Our House for help with their homework, to study for test and to complete class projects. Small groups of students work with tutors in each of the two Our Houses on a rotating schedule. This allows us to help up to 75 students with their schoolwork on a regular basis. Our K-5th graders tutor in the early afternoon, while our 6th-12th graders come later in afternoon. Both houses have WiFi and the technology needed to support their learning.
We believe that it is important for Our Kids to have a healthy snack when they get home from school and before they begin homework. A typical snack at Our House might include a granola bar, cheese stick and fruit, or could be more like a sack-lunch with a sandwich and chips. We often serve a hot “meal,” such as nachos, BBQ sliders, mac-n-cheese or pizza rolls. We are grateful for the resources available to help provide these snacks.
We have a supply closet full of basic school supplies (ex: pens, pencils, notebooks, notebook paper, markers, binders, and glue.) We also have poster boards, construction paper, string, paint, and other items that might be needed for special school projects.
Flash cards, dry erase boards, pens, paper, and pencils are easily accessible in each room for daily use after school.
The first Saturday of every month we host Breakfast Club, a time for Our Kids and their families to enjoy food, fun and fellowship. The children hear a Gospel message then break into smaller groups for discussion and prayer, while the adults are building their own faith community through Scripture-based lessons.
Summer is one of our favorite times at Our House because we serve lunch and host day camps for our elementary aged students. These camps have included: nutrition, art, music, sports, camp iCare, career camp, and VBS. We also hosted a couple of "water days" which were the kids favorite days. When possible, we also try to give our kids the opportunity to participate in other local summer camps.
VOLUNTEERS & INTERNS
Volunteers & INTERNS:
We have been blessed with many college students, high school students, and adult volunteers who make themselves available each day to help the children with their homework and encourage good study habits. Our volunteers often turn into mentors for Our Kids.
Along with volunteers we have interns and practicum students each semester. These are college students who are studying Human Development and Family Studies, Nonprofit Studies, and Social Work. These interns and practicum students are with us every day of the week. This allows them to form relationships with Our Kids and their families.
To learn more about being a volunteer or intern, please email us.