I was called upon to start my very first garden enrichment program about a month ago at this fabulous center called the Youth Life Center. Not knowing what to expect I mustered the courage to become the garden coach to some of the most intriguing youngsters i have ever met. No matter what the lesson was of the day I became amazed at how attentive and engaged they all were. My 1st days experience was with some kids that were fearful of touching the soil and didn't want it on their clothes however when they returned for the 2nd lesson those same kids were elbow deep in the soil that they amended themselves to transform a bed of clay into a bed of nutritious soil for their garden. Once I saw the fascinating looks on their faces I was hooked.
Each lesson I'm greeted with the same enthusiasm. The energy that I receive from those babies keeps me on a natural high long after I leave the center.
There is no way that I can be the garden coach without the help of some amazing staff that I have grown to know, appreciate and hold with the utmost regard for their involvement. Day one, (I'm an observer by nature) I could tell that the staff were hand picked as they went about their day.
I can proudly say that the Youth Life children now have their own teaching garden. It is far from perfect but within a month I saw them turn a raised garden bed that was filled with clay where only weeds were happy to grow to an herb bed with dill, parsley, cilantro, garlic, red onions, lavender and rosemary to start. And another raised bed with mustards, turnips, collards, Kale, lettuce, broccoli, beets, radish, carrots and wild flower bombs yet thriving in an environment that they prepared.
If those little children can transform a desolate, barren area into a thriving learning children's garden, they can do anything.
Without a doubt that old garden is indicative of the way many children are feeling inside. Every neighborhood should have a Youth Life Center to bring out the greatness in those seeds that have been sown called our children.
Giving thanks to Clarissa Winston for pushing me once again to step out of my comfort zone.
It is my honor to serve our greatestresource, our children. .
Where do I even begin!! Club Xhell Youth Life Center is all things Youth and Community! I absolutely deemed them a pillar in the Clayton County Community. It’s not just a place for parents to “drop their kids” off, but indeed a place and platform for kids to grow, learn and glow in their passion and develop their life purpose. What Claressa Winston and her Staff & Family have set out to do they are actively achieving it on a daily basis. The Love, the Drive, and the Passion all help to fuel the Purpose of this place. From helping youth discover more about themselves through arts, music, theater and more to feeding the community on a daily basis…not just good but with wisdom, character, ethics and integrity and showing others that yes, it does take a village and with that village you can build more, do more and be more! Club Xhell Youth Life Center just isn’t a place but a total experience for all who walk through those doors! Keep Shining and Striving!
I love love the youth life center I thought being a camper there was so fun but worker there and serving the people is way much better
I am beyond blessed by the work that is taking place at the Life Center. Learning a skill that is challenging my mindset and a skill that is changing my lifestyle.
This place is amazing every community needs a place as dedicated and positively influential to it's youth and adult residence as the youth Life center
For years the center has mentored and tutored kids building good character for future leaders.
I love it here! Ms Clarissa and her team are absolutely phenomenal with the youth in our community. I love seeing them come into this space and truly leave with more joy each and every time. I also love their passion to educate and support the youth on how to live beyond their current circumstances. They truly want to see the youth and community thrive!!! Keep it up
The you youth life center change my family life, by offering free food on Tuesday and Thursday. Providing after school care and tutoring for my kids. They also offer help to achieve and or accomplish set goal.
Club Xhell Youth Life Center is simply amazing!! Ms. Winston and her staff are servant leaders helping the community!! The food bank helps thousands of families not go without something to eat. Children have a safe place to grow and exercise their gifts while learning through varies activities and games!! Club Xhell deserves 10 stars!!!
The Youth Life Center is one of the best places around. The staff is probably one of the most selfless groups I have ever seen. Not to mention Miss Claressa. She has done nothing but been giving with the biggest heart and never ask for anything in return. The YLC is amazing after school program.
This organization care a lot about the product or mission, which is extremely important, and they love focusing on understanding the people behind it. When you take care of yourself as a leader, when you understand who you are—what makes you tick, what energizes you, what keeps you up at night—and when you understand your team and say ‘what do you need to accomplish the goals that are set in front of you?’ … and can truly understand them, you have an opportunity to really make a difference.
ClubXell Youth Life Center have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Clarissa and her mother, about three years ago. I they invited me to come and visit the facility. When I arrived I noticed how well organized the staff was and how extraordinarily cleaned facility was. Everyone was incredibly courteous and enthusiastic about what they were doing. I was on a very high hiatus and I thought everything was wonderful and it was a great work they were doing. And that nothing could be better than this experience I was having. And then I met the children. Oh my god what an incredibly group of gifted talented committed focused and well mannered young people. I had the pleasure of watching them perform doing a Christmas play and being a student of the arts I was a lot more than just moved by their passion for what they are doing, I was proud of these young people wanting to do better, and be greater in life. Miss Clarissa our staff and the community want so much for these children and I do as well. I guess as a conclusion I would say if there’s anything that impressed me more than what I have shared in these comments is that Miss Clarissa CEO the chairman the organized of the visionary is the biggest kid of them all. She gets so excited when she sees her children growing developing and being a part of a community as they should be.
My experience here has been nothing but life changing. I originally started out here as a camper in 2011. Attending the camp did nothing less than create a different outlook on how I view life. I have met some of my life long friends while attending the Youth Life Center's CampXpressions. I have made so many memories while experiencing their array of enrichment programs such as drama, voice, dance, karate, step, and character building in Teen Talk.
Once I got to college I realized that I was still using the skills that were instilled in me throughout my camp experiences. Given the opportunity to return as a part of the Youth Life Center's team, I immediately accepted. I knew that I had to be a part of the team that made such an impact on my life.
I have found that being a team member has been more impactful than any experience I have ever had. I am still growing and learning in our professional environment with a family feel. Not only does the Youth Life Center help to better its students, but its teachers as well.
I would recommend our organization to anyone looking for a center committed to youth development.