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(Make a Difference)

An after-school drop-in club
for 6-8th grade girls

 

In several recent surveys, Elk Rapids students have listed, "a safe place to do homework with my friends," as their #1 after-school desire.  The regional Youth Needs Assessment  conducted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation identifies mental health, academic stress, mentoring, tutoring and after-school recreation as high priority needs for teens. 

The positive effects of phone-free time as well as the value and life-transformational potential of safe, supportive, encouraging, faith-based after-school programming is well documented.  The 3-6pm block is a critical time for teens and the desire to fill those hours with healthy activities has been shared by ER teens and school administrators alike.

Right Tree is moving proactively to address these five areas with the launch of after school programming for 6-8th grade girls in our community.  MAD Club is our newest  program addition in speaking possibility, potential, encouragement and  hope into the lives of Elk Rapids middle school girls.

 

While Right Tree is not specifically a Christian organization, and welcomes anyone & everyone regardless of their beliefs, every person involved in leadership has a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  As we spend time and build relationships with teens and as discussion times address issues facing them, Jesus will be part of those conversations.  Our foundational belief in the inherent worth and potential of every person comes from the knowledge we are each uniquely created by a God who loves and celebrates us.

MAD Club will partner fun & challenge with academic support, discussion, sharing & teaching, and vibrant, entrepreneurial community service projects as we work to support and encourage girls in the Elk Rapids community.

 

What will it look like?

 

Monday-Thursday (when school is in session)

after school (approx 2:45) - 6pm

at space provided by Elk Rapids Bible Church

(400 E. Third St. - behind the soccer fields)

each day will include time for

Snacks

Game& activities

Homework

Discussion/"campfire" time

An ongoing community service project

Girls can attend any day or every day

Programs are supervised by Right Tree staff

supplemented by community volunteers

As with all Right Tree programs, MAD Club is available on a donation basis -- families pay what they can toward covering the $6.25/day cost .

Girls can participate regardless of a family's ability to pay

No one is ever turned away for financial reasons.     

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We are looking for adult women and female high school juniors & seniors (this can work for community service hours) with a heart for supporting and encouraging middle schoolers, a vibrant faith, and a willingness to volunteer one or more afternoons per week in 3-month blocks to:

help with homework

monitor and participate in activities

develop friendships

listen to, encourage & support girls

get involved in organization & programming

as little or as much as you like

Depending on your situation, it may be perfectly acceptable to bring younger chldren with you when you volunteer

How   You Can Help!
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