The La Pine Park and Recreation District community school program (aka “the Hub”) provides youth of La Pine and surrounding areas with a safe and nurturing environment where they can develop healthy relationships while participating in life enriching activities. This program is designed to enhance your child’s academic performance, encourages and develops personal discipline and promotes healthy lifestyles.
Within the first full year of operations, we enrolled at least 160 children and youth in the La Pine Community School program. Many of these youth were referrals from the School District, identified as those needing the academic, behavioral, and relationship support offered by the program activities. The other 60 students will be self‐referred as they are attracted to the fun activities and opportunities available at the Youth Center.
Academic remediation will be by a combination of certified teaching staff and trained volunteer mentors under guidelines developed by the Community School Coordinator. With one year, Math and Reading skills will advance by one grade levels as measured through pre and post testing.
Behavioral issues will be addressed by combining professional staff at Families And Communities Together (FACT) with mentors from the community, including specific skills mentors in recreation (e.g. we have a County Commissioner now teaching robotics to enrolled youth), and groups that will display positive options to acting out. This could include bringing in the local fly‐fishing group to both instruct and lead outings. The outcome for this section is to decrease behavioral referrals to school counseling staff by 50% and increase attendance statistics by 50%. Ensuring appropriate referrals to family counseling and substance abuse services will be a real strength of this program.
Relationship improvement will occur as we increase the ability of the youth to form positive relationships by enrolling at least 50 adults in the program as volunteers; we also will enroll high school youth as mentor volunteers when the elementary school phase starts after successful implementation of the middle and high school program. The volunteers will lead outings, teach classes (including in the quiet disciplines like writing poetry and short stories), be present at Center to serve snacks and engage in conversation at a time when the youth are ready for that, and to be a general resource for any other issues that might arise. Agencies providing therapeutic services such as, counseling, information and referral, family strengthening, have agreed to be on site, bolstering the services of FACT.
Summer Adventure Days takes place once a week, June 16 through August 11, 2015. Click here to learn more about the La Pine Park and Recreation District’s Summer Adventure Days program.