Youth In Action!

Posted on June 2016

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) facilitates six Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) clubs in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area. Clubs meet once a week in various settings: in-school at Thomas Harrison Middle School, afterschool at Skyline Middle School, and in community sites such as Mosby Heights, Harris Gardens, Second Home and Youth Council. Service learning is a core component of TOP®, where every year youth aim to complete twenty hours of meaningful community service. Club members chose their community service activity, plan, and implement the cookiesproject. Community service encourages TOP® members to set goals and understand the value of giving back to their community while building their sense of worth and self-efficacy

Local Middle and High School teens participating in TOP® carried out exciting community service projects this spring. Whether it’s baking healthy cookies for a local soup kitchen, clearing out the Rain Garden at Liberty Park, or visiting with residents at Brookedale Senior Living, our youth continue to make a positive impact on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community. Check out our youth in action!

Looking to help support those in our community struggling with hunger, Thomas Harrison Middle School clubs baked over 200 cookies for the Blessed Sacrament Soup Kitchen. In order to meet the health and dietary needs of everyone, the teens chose a low sugar and low fat recipe. Everyone got to taste test the Oatmeal Cherry cookies and had a great time!

Our after-school TOP® clubs in Mosby Heights and Harris Gardens had a chance to work with Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation to learn about the benefits of the Rain Garden at Liberty Park in downtown Harrisonburg. Club members cleared out over grown and invasive plants and trees to help the Rain Garden function more effectively. Both Harris Gardens and Mosby Heights members also expressed a strong desire to work with young children in the community. Members planned artistic and engaging activities for four and five year olds at Harrisonburg-Rockingham Daycare and spent an afternoon making new friends. liberty

Many of our clubs have benefited from our partnership with Brookdale Senior Living. Youth Council in particular has visited with residents a number of times. Youth Council members plan activities for residents at Brookdale and enjoy sharing stories and conversations. This inter-generational partnership gives younger people a view into the past and older residents a view into the future. Youth Council also took their artistic skills to Spotswood Elementary Boys and Girls club. Youth Council led water coloring activities, games, and Lego building with children at the afterschool program.

Whether working with children or the elderly, young people benefit greatly from reaching out and helping others. We ae so proud of the great work that our clubs have done this year and can’t wait to see what they will do next year.