The Center That CARES’ President and CEO Rev. Grayson’s famous words “Grinders Gain” rang loud and clear when construction of the high school students new space at the G Center began. This newly constructed space for the high school students generates a warm, inviting and welcoming place for the students to unwind and complete assignments in a leisure stress-free environment.
The space was constructed through the insight of the students it serves as well as the counselors that provide guidance. It was centered around a technology enriched society which allows the students to remain focused and up-to-date with the current technological trends. The H.U.S.T.L.E Room boasts a 65 inch curve smart television with smart board capabilities, 3 pcs, a printer, tons of desk space, lounge chairs, curved sofa for round robin discussions as well as a quiet bean bag carpet area for some quiet time reading.
What I believe makes CARES such a great and phenomenal organization is it’s ability to create nurturing and lasting partnerships with local businesses. We realize that we cannot broaden our youth’s experiences or create grand adventures alone. This summer CARES had the pleasure to go into it’s third year partnering with Venture Outdoors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle through outdoor recreation.
Through Venture Outdoors, our CARES campers had an opportunity to go fishing and kayaking on the Allegheny River as well as hike through some local trails. They also got an opportunity to climb the Great Rock Wall and go biking. And this past Saturday, August 20, 2016, a few CARES campers along with Youth Program Manager Lo Hutelmyer were invited to The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to be featured on The Saturday Light Brigade’s Youth Express Segment, which highlights youth endeavors experienced throughout the city, to share their experiences this summer. The show broadcasts live on WRCT Pittsburgh 88.3 or can be heard online through live streaming at www.slbradio.org.
The Saturday Light Brigade Youth Express Segment features occurrences and happenings around town through the eyes of our youth. Larry Berger, who is the show’s radio host lead a round robin discussion with the youth asking them to share the highlights of their time with Venture Outdoors, their most fun and memorable moment and lastly the importance of playing outside and what that means to them.
Dominique Harris, a fifth grader at Pittsburgh Liberty stated that she just enjoyed being able to be outside and free in the wind to play and do new things like kayak and climb the rock wall.
Xavier Wade-Kendall’s fondest memory with Venture Outdoors was the fishing excursion. This was his first time truly fishing and along with the help and guidance of the Venture Outdoors staff he was fortunate enough to catch a fish!!! Way to go Xavier!
Dreyton Townsend, a 1st grader at Penn Hills Elementary, said that he enjoyed going to Riverview Park and learning to ride bicycles. He said the staff were really nice and helped him a lot.
All the campers expressed the importance of getting healthy and being able to play outdoors to try to stay active and fit.
Future Venture Outdoors activities include their free rock climbing event with the mobile Rock Wall to be set up in the Hill District. And also attending the screening of the film An American Ascent, which will take place at the Hill House on September 17, 2016 at 5pm. You can watch the trailer to the movie here. This movie (based on a book called the Adventure Gap by James Edward Mills) is about the first all African American climbing team to ascend Denali, the highest peak in North America.
Entering its 17th year of service, our Summer Camp Experience provided the youth of Allegheny County with countless memories and awesome adventures throughout this summer, while creating lasting friendships. Located at Wesley Center and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center the camp is divided into groups by grades so that we may maximize their experiences as well as enhance their individualized activities.
With partners like Venture Outdoors, Club Scouts, The Story Mobile, and others, the campers were delighted with a variety of daily activities which included swimming, kayaking, fishing, museum tours, recreational reading, as well as multiple field trips to the view the latest movies and wonders of the area’s Carnegie Museums, just to name a few.
The campers also enjoyed special activities, such as their excursions to PNC Park to cheer for the Pittsburgh Pirates and our end of the year trip to our great Kennywood Park. The camp also provided an opportunity to visit the Rollerdome in Youngstown, Ohio. When hanging out on our sites or in the neighborhood, campers were able to enjoy our computer center, games room, and often utilized the adjacent parks to get in some good exercise and fun!
The campers were given the opportunity to delve into an entrepreneurial role as well with the 4th and 5th grade girls’ bake sale, with the profits going toward their Annual Girls TakeOver SleepOver.herpes pictures class=”Apple-converted-space”> The bake sale generated so much attention that it made the Tribune Review!!
At the end of the 2016 CARES Summer Enrichment Camp session, the campers were shown appreciation for attending by being surprised with an all day summer explosion cook-out party held at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center.
After 17 years of excellence would you expect anything less?
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