Often, the adolescents do not feel like valued members of their communities. Service Learning gives them the opportunity to do something positive in the community, giving them a sense of accomplishment. All clients perform community service projects that, not only benefit the community, but also impact the client following the PARC model: Plan, Action, Reflection, and Celebrate. We hope that this plants a seed of continued community service as they transition back to their home communities. Service Learning projects range from working with senior citizens with special needs, building community gardens, reading to children in local day care centers, and more.
The Bridges program connects the adolescent residents at the Adolescent Services Center with seniors from Pathways for weekly fellowship (including: games, crafts, and activities), fostering relationships based on unconditional positive regard. Additionally, this serves as an activity that teaches the adolescents about community involvement and serves as a safe place where they are not judged based on their past decisions.
“Well bridges is very important to me because I get to build a close relationship with my senior. It teaches me to help someone else other than myself, helps me learn to have more patience, and being with my senior at bridges helps me focus on being in the moment. Bridges is a safe and sacred place with no judgement and where everybody accepts everyone and has a lot of fun while doing it. Bridges also helps me and many others build and fix trust issues by building that relationship with the senior. The bridges program helps us learn manners and respect towards others. And personally I just love participating in bridges.”
– Testimony from a Bridges participant
Partridge Creek Farm
GLRC and Partridge Creek Farm have created a partnership that provides the adolescents with experience and education in farming, sustainability, and building a healthier community. With the help of Partridge Creek Farm the clients participate in projects that include gathering maple syrup, a greenhouse initiative, and a courtyard garden.
Maple Syrup Project
With the help of Partridge Creek Farm the clients participated in a Maple Syrup Project this spring. The clients tapped over 40 maple trees on the wooded campus at ASC. They gathered over 100 gallons of sap and boiled it down to produce two and a half gallons of maple syrup. They hiked through feet of snow, broke up frozen sap, and persevered through the snowy spring we had in the UP. The adolescents will celebrate their hard work by hosting a Pancake Brunch for the seniors they work with through the Bridges program with Pathways, as well as Board Members from GLRC, Partridge Creek Farm, and MARESA.
We would like to thank Partridge Creek Farm for all the resources, time, and knowledge they invested into the Maple Syrup Project and MARESA for providing class time to focus on the project. Thank you to everyone who donated to the purchase of the maple syrup evaporator, including the Ishpeming Lions Club, Dan Perkins, Phil Toutant, and Anna Ballerine. The evaporator was a vital part of the boiling process. THANK YOU!
Tapping the Trees 03/08/2018
Sap Collection 04/12/2018
Maple Syrup Brunch