THE LEARNING CLUB
The Learning Club is a year- round (July-June) five-hour Saturday program that is designed to enhance the awareness of our adjudicated adolescents through tutoring and mentoring. Our curriculum is designed to also provide our adjudicated adolescents with field trips and guest speakers. As a graduation requirement students will organize a community service event of their choice. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for attending the third Saturday session per month. Students who have completed their program will have an award luncheon where their accomplishments will be acknowledged and graduation.
Yoga (12:00 PM -1:00 PM)
Rotation #1 (1:05 PM -1:45 PM)
Lunch (1:50 PM - 2:15 PM)
Rotation #2 (2:20-3:00 PM)
Legacy Leaders (3:05 PM - 4:55 PM)
Centering Youth- Mindfulness Lecture & Yoga
The essence of this time segment is to demonstrate the negative pathways in which they operating in are detrimental to their truest individual understanding the world. Things such as excessiveness, greed, and ultimately fear holds our youth back from truly being connect to their communities. We will give them utilities to guide their minds toward greater understanding of the world around them through the means of philosophy, anthropology, epistemology and history.
These discourses will help them break down misunderstandings as it relates to the negative behavior. Every mindfulness lecture will encompass a particular theme, which will be reflected upon for the entire day. Our yoga classes consist of a slow deep breathing kinetic activity that illustrates the multi-complexity of ways in which a person is able to move. We will teach the children to move in this manner for the purpose of exposing them to self-relaxing techniques that they may not be accustomed to experiencing. This diversification can be the bases of transformation for each of these individual children; likewise, a way to enhance their physical body’s condition.
Truth and Action
Truth and Action starts from the premise that teaching is an art. The more creative ways we can teach the more we can reach. Truth and Action is about integrating the arts as an emotional learning tool for students. The purpose of integrating arts within the education experience is to allow students the opportunity to interact with the material in new and innovative ways to awaken the learner in all of us! We offer many opportunities for constructive expression. We provide an opportunity for our students to be involved in our visual arts and fine arts programming. Through variety shows and galleries our students exhibit their work. As children progress in their knowledge and competencies, they can begin to learn more about the methods and terminology of the different arts. Through attaining a basic knowledge of the arts, children are not only better prepared to understand and appreciate works of art, but also to communicate their ideas, emotions, feelings, and judgments to others.
The Noble Truth Project will aid the child with improving study skills by equipping each child with critical thinking skills. Children will bring their homework from school with them in order to complete during this hour tutoring session. Partnerships with community schools, colleges, and universities will be another crucial component to NTP when building effective understanding of academia and potential interest that the child has for their future. College students will assist in tutoring our children in the core subjects of mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies.
In simple terms, restorative circles are a group conversation working with people to resolve problems. We focused on social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and something that our region is shining a spotlight on: restorative justice. In the restorative approach, we are less concerned with what rules have been broken, and more with how people and relationships have been harmed. All the affected individuals come together, including and most importantly the offender(s). Working with a facilitator, they move through a set of restorative questions designed to help everyone understand each other’s point of view.
Then, together the group decides how to resolve and repair the situation. Guidance from individuals is a great contribution to children who may lack positive role models in their community; likewise, exposure to others from different backgrounds can shift the thought process of the child. Mentorship would promote community and individual engagement for those children who may need additional assistance that goes beyond the scope of one committed person. Communication is the most important element to human success. The Learning Club conducts weekly group meetings with a specific advisor/mentor. This relationship-building element is key to establishing trust and compassion to our future leaders. This period will promote the push for each student to reach within and focus on their sub-conscious thoughts and feelings for the purpose of greater self-understanding.
The Learning Club will aid the child with improving study habits by equipping each child with critical thinking skills. Students will be engaged in fundamental educational lectures as our focus is to meet each our of students independent needs. Partnerships with Spelman and Morehouse College Bonner Office help foster building effective understanding of academia and potential employment. College students will assist in facilitating our children in the core subjects of mathematics, language arts, science, social studies as well as resume building, interview preparedness, and GED classes.
S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess
The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess Program was founded with the mission of providing activities, services and mentors to help young men prepare for the challenges of manhood and responsible fatherhood. The program was started by a group of Juvenile Court officers who wanted to address the needs of the court-involved young men they
encounter on a daily basis.
S.M.A.R.T., an acronym for science, math, arts, reading and technology, brings together a unique group of sheriff’s deputies, probation officers, attorneys, college students and parents to provide homework help and tutoring for teens. Program participants are taught to apply the focus, strategy and decision-making skills they use on the chessboard to the problems and challenges they face in their everyday lives.
In the coming months, the program aims to register more teenagers and develop a competitive chess team that will share their personal stories of smart decision making
and overcoming obstacles with groups of students from
Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools.
The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program meets every
Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center.
(Prenatal Education and Community Empowerment
We recommend that first time parents (you and your partner) attend our FREE prenatal classes to become familiar with pregnancy, the birth process, postpartum, newborn care and breastfeeding. To help you both prepare for the birth of your new baby, we have developed an extensive prenatal education program that includes yoga classes, guided meditations, and group discussions. Parents will also be intimately involved in our compassion and mindfulness workshops.
Parent Empowerment Initiative
In conjunction with The Learning Club, parents of youth -involved children are invited to participate in our discussion groups, consulting and yoga classes. Parents have assisted the overall functionality of TLC by participating in various committees such as meal preparation, event planning, and fundraising. The Parent Empowerment Initiative is FREE and meets weekly on Saturday’s at the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
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