The Orchard Place Campus provides multiple activities for our students thanks to the help of volunteers. These programs give the youth creative outlets and often help them realize new talents and possibilities.
Current Activities Include:
These are monthly incentive activities that youth can earn through following basic programming. Each month we have a Kudos Kuisine meal and a special event.
Running / Sports Groups- R.U.N. Rise Up Now
The running group helps youth prepare for a 5K run. Basketball and weightlifting groups are also available for the students.
The Orchard Place Girl Scouts group has been a campus activity for more than 10 years. Work is conducted to attain badges that teach life skills such as cooking and first aid. Recently the group worked to build a working robot with Legos. This project is encouraging STEM education for young girls.
Volunteers bring their own pet therapy certified dogs to campus weekly to work with youth during the time they live on Campus. The program is very special to the youth. Many like to be involved since while on Campus they are living away from their own pets.
Mentors spend one hour a week with a youth on campus. Mentors act as support for the youth, providing friendship and guidance. Many also choose to work on life skills with the youth and teach skills like cooking or sewing.
Tutors, like mentors, spend one hour a week with an individual youth. They help the youth complete general homework assignments, as well as work on subjects that are difficult for many youth like math, science or reading and writing.
Board Game / Unit Volunteers
Several volunteers come weekly to play board games with the youth on Campus.
Each December, 9-10 companies and community groups hold holiday parties for the youth on campus, which include gifts, food, and games.
Volunteer groups often visit the Campus for one-time events like the PinkStew Entertainment who visited and taught the youth how to make balloon animals.