SHEPHERD COMMUNITY INC
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review
Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services
Location: 4107 E. Washington St. Indianapolis IN 46201 USA
Programs: Age 0-3: Project JordanThis program will begin in 2006. This program is geared to work with pregnant mothers and their children until they are three years old. We will work on parenting skills and we will connect them with other services.Age 3-5: Pre-school AcademyThis is an academic based, half-day school for 3,4,and 5 year olds. The main focus is to insure that after graduating from our academy, they will be able to read. We use an aggressive curriculum that helps build on all aspects of their complete education needs. Students are also provided two meals a day.Age 5-11: After-schoolThere are two after-school programs for elementary age children that work with them to provide individualized tutoring, help with homework, physical exercise, their evening meal and lots of fun.Summer Day Camp: Nine week program that offers children a place to receive two meals a day, interactive group experiences, field trips, swimming, reading time, crafts, science lab, life skills training and lots of enjoyment.Sports: Children are offered opportunities to participate in Karate, soccer, gymnastics, basketball and other sports that help them grow and mature mentally and physically in an environment of hope.Age 11-14: After-schoolHomework help and individualized tutoring is the foundation for the middle school program. Students are able to use tutorial computer programs and are tested to monitor progress in their areas of weakness. Club activities include specialized offerings that mix fun with life skill learning and career exploration. The students also receive their evening meal through this program.Summer Day Camp: Career exploration and life learning is seen throughout the nine week program. Field trips to meet people who represent different careers help these students choose what they want to do in their life. Students also do work projects and are paid a stipend that enables them to learn banking, shopping, and budgeting.Age 14-18: After-schoolSimilar to the middle school program, students work on homework and individualized tutoring. Life skills training includes drivers education, cooking, car repair, and various physical exercise opportunities. Dinner is also served each day.Summer Day Camp: The emphasis of this program is on how to achieve the career one desires. Post high school education options are explored and students get to visit colleges. Weekly field trips to various local businesses include the requirement for each student to write a report of their impression and what they learned. Half of the week is spent on work projects where they begin to learn the importance of a strong work ethic and can earn money. Lunch is included and afternoon snacks are part of the daily routine.Age 18-22: College AccessWhile the students are still in school a staff member begins to help the students and their families explore college. Financial aid is pursued and visits to colleges are made with the whole family. When a student starts college, help is provided to supply them with all the basic needs. During the summers, employment opportunities are found for the students.Parents and Adults:Educational skills, parenting skills, English as a second language, emergency food and clothing, crisis counseling, and holiday food baskets and Christmas store are services provided to the adult neighbors. Job programs are also offered.
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I volunteer at Shepherd and love it! They have wonderful staff that are devoted to the children and really do strive to break the cycle of poverty.
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