Mentoring & Tutoring Program
One of the most vital components of a good mentor/tutor is the ability to establish a trustful bond with their mentee. If a student has not done as well with their work, our mentor/tutor will go through it with them and bring them to good understanding. Our students feel at ease with their mentors/tutors and can confidently ask questions without feeling embarrassed or uneasy.
Mentoring/tutoring can help teens as they go through challenging life trials, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to high school. Mentors/tutors serve as positive role models, invest themselves in their mentees and uplift them. They also encourage and motivate them to become their best. Mentors/tutors offer students an avenue to expand their life perspectives, overcome obstacles and build on their strengths to make positive choices and develop basic school/life skills.
Township gardens provide fresh produce and plants as well as contributing to a sense of community and connection to the environment with an opportunity for neighborhood improvement. A Place To Go… joined forces with Sustainable Maple Shade to create a delightful garden filled with fruits and vegetables. From the preparing of the soil to the planting and nurturing of the plants the students get their hands dirty for our neighborhood. The process starts the later part of March beginning of April while the students are still in school. During the summer months the students and their parents help with the weeding, watering and picking of the fruits and vegetables. The produce is enjoyed by all who are part of the garden but is distributed to families that are in need and also to our local food bank.
Working in a garden inspires creativity, develops nurturing skills, and encourages teens to make choices, thus giving them a sense of pride in their accomplishments. The learning opportunities that come from gardening reach beyond the garden beds. Generally, gardening is a holistic activity in which teenagers make connections between the different things they learn, and how they can then apply those lessons to other things in life. Gardening provides many opportunities for engaging teenagers.
Through planting, designing and maintaining the garden the teens learn responsibility. By cooking, and sharing the food they’ve grown, they learn about where food comes from, the nutritional value and in turn they develop healthy eating habits. As teenagers work together in groups, they learn important life skills, such as cooperating and sharing ideas. Gardening helps build teens’ self-confidence and sense of accomplishment but first and foremost gives adults a chance to spend quality time with the teenagers
Teaching teenagers how to cook will make them healthier, and it also does a lot more. First, when teenagers know how to make healthy food choices and can prepare well-balanced meals on their own, they’ll be far less dependent on unhealthy, quick and easy options like fast food and pre-packaged foods. Second, it’s a great way to help them build healthy habits that will carry them into adulthood. Third, it offers a positive fun, hands-on way to introduce teenagers to other life skills such as budgeting, problem-solving and grocery shopping Lastly, it gets teens away from their phones and into an activity that helps build independence and self-confidence.
Most importantly, learning to cook gives teenagers the skills to feed themselves well, not just eat. Teaching them to cook allows them to nourish their own bodies, as well as the bodies of their future families. In the end teenagers who cook become adults who cook