BECOME PART OF THE GCC FAMILY
EDU-CAMP: STEM Summer
Learning Program & Math in the Garden
Our summer day camp aggressively targets the prevention
of academic summer slide. The garden is used to support STEM-based learning and provides multi-sensory learning experiences to give children a strong foundation in basic STEM concepts. Youth development activities including physical movement, moral and social development as well as good nutritional training. Geared for youth Pre-K to 8th grade.
PRINCIPAL’S CHOICE:7th & 8th Grade Academic Awards Program
This program provides a special opportunity to identify and lift up “promising leaders” from over 85 schools. Considered the VIP’s of the Ball, a pre-celebratory dinner is held to honor these students and their parents. A mentoring component provides year-round support to assist these students to achieve college and career readiness. A parent component helps to equip the parents with the tools to foster their child’s success.
AFRO BALL: Celebration of Achievement & Diversity
Youth in the 7th and 8th grades come from schools all over Toledo and surrounding areas to attend this formal dance. It’s a celebration and encouragement of diversity, responsibility, maturity, and academic achievement. It’s a cultural right of passage and represents a growing sense of independence and decision-making. In recent years, this event has drawn nearly 1,000 jr. high schoolers to the Seagate Center.
LEARNING HEROS: After School Tutoring
This program provides homework assistance and academic-based supports in reading and math for K – 5th graders. Our goal is to increase the student’s reading and math literacy by 6-9 months during the academic year. The Woodcock & Peabody Pre/Post Assessment help to chart the mastery plan and level of progress. Parent engagement is built into the program with Parent Education Nights, Progress Review,s and Family Fun Activities.
YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAMS
Super Saturdays: Exciting social learning programs for youth ages 5-12years old. It’s a safe place where our young people can participate in activities that promote respect, responsibility and personal readiness. No homework or school work is allowed in this program.
Athletic Programs: Coaching and creating champions of character, through competitive games, sportsmanship, teamwork and behavior focused lessons for boys & girls 6-12yrs.old. (Fall season Aug-Nov, Spring season Feb-May) Includes Flag-football, soccer and basketball.
Man Up Now Group: Prepares inter-city male youth to be respectful and productive citizens.This model is taught to all male youth members of Grace. with an expectation of respect and personal responsibility. This model attacks the key issues that our young men face within their lifestyles and everyday living. We will teach, inform and encourage our young men to exercise the use of proper behaviors and actions to show better respect for women, authority, laws, and themselves. (Violence-prevention focus)
Teen Leadership Group: Builds teen leaders in grades 7th – 12th grade through Volunteerism and mentorship. Participants are referred from school counselors and parents to serve as support in all aspects of programming at the Center. Summer referrals are received from various youth employment agencies.
GRACE GARDEN CO-OP: Bringing Fresh, Homegrown Produce to Our Neighborhood
Installed in Fall 2017, our 10,000 square foot, raised bed garden, is a source of community identity, pride, and hope for improving health – outcomes. The co-operative garden model builds on the collective participation of members in all aspects of the garden operation. Members host monthly gatherings to receive educational resources and support for healthier living. An economic development component includes neighbors as Garden employees and a program to develop Youth Entrepreneurship.
SAVVY SENIORS CLUB
Seniors are an essential part of a healthy community! Club members provide year-round support to the Center’s youth development programming both in terms of fundraising and volunteer support. They are actively involved in building the Garden-Cooperative. Our vision is for seniors to have their life energy re-energized so that they view the balance of their lives as being productive, healthy, socially active, and spiritually fulfilling.
Our mission is to ensure all families within our community meet minimum nutritional requirements for healthy living. Emergency food assistance is available with the support of Northwest Ohio and Seagate Foodbanks. During the garden harvest season, fresh vegetables are distributed to individuals and to our two partners: Kitchen for the Poor and Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
ADULT MENTORING PROGRAMS
Dad’s Club: This support group for fathers seeks to strengthen the bond between parent and child and provide a nurturing environment where social activities are readily available. i.e. Reading room, sporting equipment, board games, pool table, video games, movies and more. A monthly breakfast is planned by our partner, Restore Fathers, Inc.
Mom’s Club: This support group for mothers seeks to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the developmental needs and milestones of children as well as provide a positive and supportive social milieu for mothers thru association with senior moms.