Boys & Girls Club Launches Middle School Mentoring Program
10/14/2012 10:00:00 PM
By Bob Dohr
It's not a permanent home but the Boys and Girls Club of Door County now has a location for its Middle School Mentoring Program.
Heather Powell, the club's chief professional officer, says the teen center has found a temporary home in the Marshall House behind United Methodist Church, which many know as the 'Boy Scout building.'
The new program launched October 9. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Powell says the first hour is devoted to silent study and homework assistance.
Powell says the second and third hours of programming will consist of small group mentoring, sports and art activities, and other things the kids have told them they're interested in.
"What we're doing is asking them what they want. We're not telling them that 'this is what we're going to do and this is how it has to be.' We're putting a youth advisory council together and we're going to let them kind of dictate the programming that they'd like to see so that they have buy-in and feel like it really is their club."
Powell says a Teen Center Open House is scheduled for October 23 and all 6th, 7th and 8th graders are invited to stop by the Marshall House to learn more about the program.