Trauma is weaved into our daily activities whether we like it or not, but the threads of love and hope are carefully intertwined into the overall pattern by our hands and hearts.

In keeping with our mission of renewing minds and restoring hope in the Southside Region, STORY has big dreams for our programs and a proven track record of the impact they have on the community.

ML2 After School Program

 

Youth from the ML2 After School Program receive awards for their stellar grades!

During the school year, we empower low-income youth living in the Thomas Rolfe Court Public Housing community with our after-school program. By focusing on math, literacy, and leadership skills-building, we help elementary students improve their grades, build their self-esteem, and make healthy choices. Every two months, we host Parent/Child Socials that feature shared meal and activity time, designed to encourage parental involvement in educational outcomes. Over the long summer months, we host a four-week intensive summer camp that keep the kids out of trouble while engaging them in interactive activities and educational field trips.

Some of the families who participated in the STEM Egg Drop Challenge at our Spring Parent Social. We love engaging the community in our programs!

STORY Mentoring Program

 

Ja’Liyah captures a photo of her mentor, Bonnie, after creating a shared work of art.

By participating in the STORY Mentoring Program, youth have the unique opportunity to build close, healthy one-to-one relationships with supportive adults from the community in a safe and supervised environment. Matches meet for 4+ hours per month to engage in a variety of pre-planned activities, bonding as they build marshmallow catapults, play basketball, or paint rocks. Mentoring is a proven prevention and intervention strategy for youth at risk of falling behind academically or getting involved with the criminal justice system. Our youth benefit greatly from having a mentor who serves as a resource, support system, and bridge to opportunities in the wider community!

Looking to the Future

STORY and its Board of Directors are working to develop and implement new programs as funding is made available to the organization in order to address service gaps within the Southside Region. Future programs may include a focus on creative arts, youth education and STEM, young adult workforce readiness, and holistic health.