Community Service: Teens will complete various service projects onsite and offsite under the supervision of EDGE Community Service Coordinator. Projects include: Reach Out Lakota, Animal Adoption Foundation, Hamilton Urban Garden Systems, Hope’s Closet, Bicycle Recycle, Clutter2Care, Hope House Mission, Blessing Bags and others.
Fridays, Food Trucks & Futures: This unique life skills series is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Teens will hear from presenters regarding job readiness, financial planning, housing, career pathways, buying their first car and more. At the end of each presentation teens are invited to a meal of a local food truck on site.
Lakota YMCA: Staff will lead fun large group activities and games monthly to get teens active and embracing the art of play.
Life Skills Minis: Weekly teens will be invited to participate in hands on learning of simple but impactful life hacks to set them up for success now and in the future. Examples include how to sew a button, writing a check, checking tire pressure, recycling basics, first aid and more.
Mental Health Break Out Groups: Teens will be able to meet with Cassie, a licensed counselor from Focus On Youth, our mental health provider. Teens will engage in large group discussions to learn skills and discuss how to cope with different aspects of their lives. Topics will vary from anxiety, grief, coming from blended families, depression, eating disorders, and relationships. Teens that have signed a Focus On Youth release form, can also sign up for time slots to have one on one discussions with Cassie.
Mental Health Individual Counseling: Teens may seek out individual counseling with Cassie, a licensed counselor from Focus On Youth, our mental health provider. (An additional consent form is necessary for individual counseling, this form is included in our registration packet).
MidPointe Library: Specialized monthly programming from MidPointe Library Liberty staff such as the creative arts, STEM activities and group gaming.
Nutrition & Wellness: Teens will learn healthy, positive eating habits and meal preparation through cooking lessons bi-monthly. from a registered dietician.
Post High School Planning: Adult volunteers/staff as well as visits from post-secondary representatives will help answer next step life questions and provide guidance for teens after graduation through a variety of avenues depending on the individual needs of each teen.
Sources of Strength: This peer led upstream prevention group will meet twice a month with adult advisors to develop and carry out campaigns to promote positive mental health and wellbeing throughout their local community.
Tutoring: Adult volunteers/staff will be available daily for tutoring and homework help