Thanks to Licking County Foundation for our STEP UP! Program for teens. STEP UP is a social and emotional learning program which was adapted from the Camp MakeBelieve Kids® 8 Step Program, specifically for the growing teenager. The goal of the STEP UP Program is to prevent self-destructive behaviors and promote optimal mental health in teenagers.
Teens are stressed out for a multitude of reasons; academic, social, sports, romantic, body issues, hormones, bullies and more. STEP UP does not eliminate stress, but teaches kids to cope with stress in a healthy and productive way. This program educates teens and their parents on key social and emotional learning concepts that enhance self-confidence, self-awareness, empathy and social skills, while also giving them tools and strategies for self-control and self-motivation when they need it most.
STEP UP is modeled from the 8 Steps of the Camp MakeBelieve Kids® program and are geared toward helping students:
For students who may have social emotional or academic challenges they may need additional prep time to get ready for the next step. This will be the third year for our transitions camp and we have seen some great outcomes preparing our students. This year we will be doing 2 weeks.
June 18th - June 22nd and July 16th - July 20th.
These are mini life boot camp on looking at what we really want to do in life. Looking at aptitude tests and seeing what areas are best suited for the next step. If college is where we want to go looking at planning on what happens in high school to get us ready. If we want to go to trade school or right into job force what do we need to do to hold down a job. How do you write a resume and fill out an application. What social skills do we need to move forward in life.
How do we go to the grocery store, create a budget, how much money do we need to make to live on our own? Want a car? What do you have to do to be a responsible car owner? License, insurance, gas and maintenance all those things that we don't think about. Life can be hard for our students but if we can prepare them for some of these challenges and have them thinking about the next step they will do great!
Camp starts daily at 9:30 and goes to 3:30; Cost is $150 for the week. (Autism Scholarship and Jon Peterson Scholarship can be used for these camps) My Place to Be also has additional scholarships available to families in need. Any questions please contact Christa Milner at [email protected] or call 740-899-4296.
All Children need a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them