SKILLZ - Free Enrichment Classes Help Teens Earn School Credits
SKILLZ is a free program during the month of July where teens can learn everyday life skills and earn 5 elective credits. The program is a collaboration of 20 community- and faith-based organizations including Flintridge Center, Day One, Vision 20/20, Lake Avenue Church and Learning Works! Charter School. Day One and other local nonprofits will present workshops on topics such as time management, savvy Internet use, healthy relationships, budgeting, college preparation and public speaking.
The program starts July 6 and runs through July 29 on the campus of Lake Avenue Church. Learning Works! Charter School provides the accreditation. Students must attend Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm for the full 4 weeks. A free lunch is provided by PUSD.
Texting to Reach Teens
According to a 2009 report by The Nielsen Company, the average U.S. teen now sends or receives an average of 2,899 text messages per month compared to 191 calls.
As a way to inform teens about positive youth-oriented events in the community, Flintridge's teen coordinator sends out weekly text messages to teens who have subscribed to the service. The text message system is part of a broader youth outreach campaign developed by students at Art Center College of Design in collaboration with Flintridge's Northwest ECHO partnership.
Teens who would like to receive weekly text updates about local activities should text the word "BORED" to 626-318-7512, and they will be added to the database.
Summer Programs Help Muir Students Gear Up for Fall
Flintridge's Mustangs on the Move (MOTM) partnership, which provides after-school activities at John Muir High School is offering free credit reclamation classes this summer. Students who didn't pass English and social studies during the school year will be able to make up the course work through independent study and receive credit. The credit reclamation courses are a way to keep students on track to graduate on time.
In addition, MOTM is helping to keep the Mustangs spirit going by sponsoring practice sessions throughout the summer for Muir's marching band, football team and cheerleaders. There are 14 girls on the cheerleading team and one mascot. Many of the girls are new and need to learn the routines and cheers so that the team will be ready for the fall. MOTM also helps by providing funding for the girls' uniforms and sponsoring trainings in gymnastic and dance techniques with pros. This assistance helps Muir's cheerleaders more than hold their own against other school teams with greater access to resources.
Police and Firemen to Mentor Washington Middle School Students
Flintridge's mentoring program is off to a running start at Washington Middle School. We are excited to report that we are partnering with both the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments on providing mentors for high risk, high need students. At this time, 10 volunteers from the Police Department have signed up to serve as mentors, and 8 matches have been made. The mentors must commit to spending a minimum of 5 hours per month with their mentees for at least one year.
Flintridge Center- Building CommunityTogether, 1040 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103. 626-449-0839 or www.Flintridge.org.