At GUM relationships are at the forefront of what we do. We want to build authentic relationships with our youth and offer a genuine support system. We believe that the hardships of life can suppress hope and creativity. We want to encourage our youth's creative minds and help inspire imagination and see their dreams become reality. More than anything we want to cultivate change. We want to see our youth develop into young leaders that become the change makers in this world.
On Monday nights from 6:00 - 8:00 our youth meet for a lesson, dinner, and games. We use this time to teach our youth basic biblical principles and life skills, to help them with homework, and to connect with them on a deeper level by having intentional conversations.
Things the youth are taught include but are not limited to:
Respect - The kids are asked to follow a set of rules, including respecting our leaders and volunteers as well as each other.
About the life of Jesus - All the lessons taught to the youth come back to who Jesus is and how He has called us to live.
Responsibility - Each of the kids are assigned something to do to help clean up, a few of the tasks are washing dishes, taking out the trash, organizing the recycling, sweeping, putting up chairs, and putting away games.
Meal preparation - A few of the kids show up early to help our youth director cook dinner.
If you are interested in volunteering with our youth on Monday nights, providing meals, mentoring, or tutoring please contact Katelyn Lowery at email@example.com for more information.
Youth Go Green Global
YG3 is an integrative approach to creating change socially and environmentally at both the local and global level. YG3 was created to address:
● High youth unemployment rates
● Youth mentorship, life skills, and leadership
● Local sustainable projects
● Global poverty through solar panel assembly and clean water initiatives.
This initiative is an effort to recognize that we do not live in three worlds but one (1st world, 2nd world, 3rd world).
We have hired two of our youth, Isaiah and Marquis. They are responsible for solar panel installation and shipping. They will attend job development classes and be under direct mentorship of a staff member. Isaiah and Marquis will also be given the opportunity to help in the planning and implementation of new green initiatives (i.e. water harvesting).
G-Crew Dance team
Our Dance team meets for practice on Tuesday's from 4:30 - 5:15 at Wright Cuney Recreational Center. All school aged girls are welcome to participate and learn hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical styles of dance. The dances are choreographed to Christian music, and the girls are taught the lyrics and what they mean. Dance is a great place for the girls to learn creativity, how to exercise, memorization, attention to detail, and a chance for them to have fun.
If you are interested in volunteering with our dance team please contact Katelyn Lowery at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Reading Program
The Youth reading program welcomes students that are in 5th - 8th grades to come and be paired with a tutor. Each student will work one on one with their tutor for 45 minutes every Thursday at 5:30 pm in our Program center. Student's will have the opportunity to read aloud to their tutor and ask questions, learn new vocabulary, take trips to the library, and be read aloud to. Our reading program will provide a safe place for students who are struggling with their reading to receive the extra attention they need.