300 Greg Neighborhood House afterschool students had the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with Lynn firefighters last Wednesday. Lynn Firefighters Local 739 has been hosting the annual meal since 2010, cooking up a traditional Thanksgiving meal and covering all the associated costs. The event is meant to bring the community together for the holiday and give the firefighters a chance to give back. “I think it’s (the meal) amazing because a lot of families don’t celebrate Thanksgiving and Gregg House gives an opportunity for kids to eat,” Gregg House member and middle schooler Janeyssi Morillo told The Daily Item.
The Western Youth Network mentoring program celebrated its annual Thanksgiving feast earlier this month. The afterschool program, one of the largest of its kind in the state, pairs adult mentors and youths between the ages of six and 17 for weekly meetings where they spend quality time together. Students in the mentoring program often see improvements in academics and behavior and increase their desire to graduate from high school. “I think this organization is doing exceptional work for youth in this county who need a helping hand and need somebody to talk to,” Thanksgiving feast sponsor Billie Howell told The Mountain Times.
Compass High School students are volunteering to help Dora Erickson Elementary students with their studies through an afterschool program known as the Compass/Erickson interns program. The high schoolers serve as peer role models to the elementary students while providing academic support. The teachers at Dora Erickson benefit from the assistance, while youths learn leadership skills and receive homework help. “I really like helping them,” sophomore Nikki Ritter-Truxal told the Idaho Falls Post Register about being a mentor. “It’s fun just getting to help and making new friends seeing their excitement when they come back.”
Chandler Park is offering Memphis students free tech classes through a new partnership between computer science and mentoring non-profit CodeCrew and mobile tech facilities company Building Box. The courses are giving students of all ages a chance to explore robotics, coding, drone programming, 3D printing and more during afterschool hours. “This is an outstanding opportunity to help these kids learn more about technology and show them how they can use their imaginations to accomplish anything,” CodeCrew Executive Director Meka Egwuekwe told The Commercial Appeal.