When School is in Session
During school months, VolunTeens are welcomed to Nathan’s Place daily after school (3-6 pm). Time is set aside for homework and tutoring, after which the kids can enjoy basketball, billiards, exercise equipment, and video games as well as a variety of board games. Internet activity is closely supervised.
In addition, VolunTeens are encouraged to participate in character education classes, health and nutrition classes, Worth the Wait Training©, vocational career classes, along with other various events and projects.
During the Summer
When school is out for the summer, Nathan’s Place has a full schedule of activities Monday through Friday (6 am-6 pm) for the VolunTeens in addition to service projects. Swimming, movies, bowling and visiting nursing homes are some favorites. In late summer, the VolunTeens and their families are invited to Awards Night, a celebration with food and games and the participants are presented with their chosen rewards as well as awards such as VolunTeen of the Year.
Year round, VolunTeens are encouraged to lend a hand with supervised service learning projects in which the teen can earn rewards while helping adults. Assistance to senior citizens is a regular activity, and VolunTeens also are responsible for maintenance of city-owned landscape plantings, setting up the Christmas lights on the square for the Downtown Association and other activities suggested by the youth. They love walking the dogs at the dog pound.
AOK’s service learning projects include a structured reflection period to emphasize the rewards of volunteerism and community service.
In the food department, nutritious snacks are served regularly and a balanced hot meal is available from 5:00 to 6:00 for anyone hungry and interested.Enroll Online