North Church’s ENGAGE! Summer Youth Employment & Mentoring Program is back for its 2nd year. Seven teen applicants from the community will participate in understanding basic job readiness concepts, experiencing hands-on job learning, and mentoring by working adults. This personalized project will all lead to job coaching and employment in the community.
Congregation members can support this mission in several ways:
— Mentors will help provide 1 to 2 hours a week of support on putting together a resume, role playing interviews and building confidence from the experience they are gaining.
— Lunch Buddies will bring lunch for 10 on one day during the 5 week program.
— Youth Champions will attend the celebration banquet and cheer the youth participants as they receive certificates of completion and the final portion of their program stipend!
Contact Alan Archibald to learn more about volunteering.
Read Alan’s weekly recaps below to learn more about this summer’s Engage! Program:
This week the Engage program youth were able to connect to both the service components and the entrepreneurial components of the farmers market at North Church.
They provided child-friendly activities of face-painting, putt-putt, temporary tattoos and making balloon animals. A boy about 3 years old sat very still for close to 15 minutes to have his face painted like a tiger. I mentioned to his mother that he was so good at sitting still. She said: “He’s very serious about tigers.” Oshyn did an awesome job of painting his face and totally made his day!
On the entrepreneurial side, they were able to talk with 4 of our vendors about their small businesses. The last one was Rosie of Rosie’s Riblets. She said that she wanted to talk to the young people. She gave them all pulled pork sandwiches and emphasized how important it is to get their education. I think that made her day – I know it made mine.
The Engage participants plan to be at the next market too, so be sure to look for them when you come to shop at the market on July 21!
Our second week of Engage! – North’s summer youth job mentoring program – is underway and participants are not only getting work experience but getting a look at North. They see how children from the MLK Center’s day camp came for a respite while their air conditioning was out. How our neighbors in need come to Bread and Bowl. How Indy’s senior citizens are staying active in numbers at Shepherd Center. They have made contact with 40 plus individuals who work and serve at North Church. I hope you will also have the opportunity to engage with the program too.
On Wednesday, I have the opportunity to engage with the Children’s Museum as they celebrate their first year of the Mid North Promise Program. Some of our participants were referred from their program. We are privileged to be part of a neighborhood where organizations share our desire to support those in need with generosity and encouragement to make a way for individuals to better themselves.
It’s June and we’re engaged! That is, we have started North Church’s Engage! Summer Youth Job Mentoring program on Monday morning. We have 7 youth neighbors enrolled who have been referred to us by collaborating organizations – IPS, Indianapolis Children’s Museum and Goodwill. These youth will get hands on experience in a variety of the daily roles at North. Our mentors from North will also meet with them individually to help translate these experiences into resume content and help them think about and even practice the interview process.
Our planning committee of Maurice Rembert, Amy Bonner, Peter Robbins, Alan Archibald and Lydia Shaw helped to create our structure. Maurice Rembert a student support professional with IPS helped review applications. Amy Bonner has served in job training with Noble for many years. She started her lessons “soft skills for paying the bills” on Wednesday. Alan Archibald, a certified Trauma Focused CBT therapist provided training for mentors in Trauma Informed Mentoring. Peter Robbins will present to our mentees about preparing for and beginning professional careers in law and business. Michael Ray of Mentoring with Magic will provide additional “nuts and bolts” mentor training on Sunday, June 26.
Our mentors are Ben Lekberg, Mike Schweiss, Alan Archibald, Marcus Case, Carol Tiller, Donna Archibald and Dana Williams. They will provide some one on one attention to help individualize the ways that the youth are able to apply what they have learned. On the first day, we had the opportunity to have a 15 yr old girl work on making a list of resources needed at the front desk for neighbors who need rent or utility assistance. She had discovered resources for many needs but noticed that there was no resource online or listed with referral agencies to help people find a church. We have a sharp group of students who are participating this summer!
We are still in need of some individuals who can bring lunch for our group on Wednesdays. Call the church office and let them know if you are able to engage in this way. Please pray for everyone “engaged” in this program – our mentors, mentees, parents, and our church staff who are all participating to improve the ability of these youth to take advantage of employment opportunities in their futures.