She recruited over 20 teens to volunteer at the Time Piece Park Flower Planting Community Meeting; then, she got many of her peers to join her in working with Jr. Main Street as they brainstormed positive events and directions for the community. This has inspired her and several teens to look for opportunities to serve the community. Crosswalk is excited to help foster and encourage this excitement and interest in the community. Crosswalk teens are community changers!
Teens have been learning about woodworking with one of our dedicated volunteers, Mr. Bryan. He teaches students to plan projects, predict supply needs, and determine how much time their project might take. They also learn to select the appropriate tool and use it responsibly. In addition to teaching woodworking skills, Mr. Bryan models patience and focus. He teaches that good projects take time and cannot be rushed. Projects have included fixing a foosball table, building cornhole games, creating wooden coffee trays to sell, and building and installing wooden shelves. This is one of many avenues Crosswalk provides for teens to have fun while learning new skills. We are excited to see what they will make next!
Recently Crosswalk opened up an area for teens to learn basic boxing skills. Mr. Tom, a Crosswalk volunteer, is a former Golden Glove Boxer who believes teens will benefit from learning basic boxing techniques for fitness, confidence, and a last resort self-defense. According to Mr. Tom, “Teens need a place to let off steam, without hurting anyone. A place where they can punch a bag and talk to a mentor about their frustrations.” With every lesson on proper boxing technique, Mr. Tom also talks about confidence, self-control, being a peacemaker, and becoming a person with a strong moral code. Mr. Tom believes teens should be able to defend themselves, but strive for peaceful resolutions in every situation. Crosswalk is excited to provide this new avenue for teens to explore and experience.
Teens came pouring into Crosswalk at 2:43 pm after their first day of school, and they were surprised to see a tower of pizza boxes waiting for them. The teens were thrilled and surprised that someone would buy them pizza. Many teens asked, “Why would somebody do this?” Our answer was simple; “New Hope Community Church wanted you to have an amazing first day of school!” New Hope Community Church provided 15 large pizzas from Swampers, and some of their members brought in tasty desserts. Crosswalk and the teens enjoyed this special treat. Thank you! We are looking for event sponsors each month for holidays and special events. If this interests you or your group, please reach out to Nathan or Rick.