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Summer Program is Almost Here!

Apr 19

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During the summer months, when few structured opportunities are available for youth, Hope House offers an exciting, educational, and safe Summer Program five days a week. Three days out of the week, youth explore Southeastern Wisconsin through field trips to sites such as Menomonee Park, Blue Lotus Farm, and Pump It Up. The Shining Stars have the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn about communities and cultures outside their own.  They also have tons of fun making new friends, playing games, and getting some exercise!

Fun at the park!

Two days every week, the Shining Stars participate in educational workshops at Hope House. This includes community service activities, friendly sports at the park, and several hours in specialized clubs. This year, the teens will be planning and hosting a barbeque for the younger Shining Stars, as well as their family and friends. In the past, they have coordinated a program to share fresh produce with elderly neighbors. We’re hoping to harvest enough vegetables to share again this year! The clubs available include Garden Club, Science Club, Bike Club, and Theater Club. Here, youth spend time on focused activities and hone specialized skill sets such as gardening or bicycle repair.

Repairing a flat during Bike Club.

This program offers very important opportunities for Milwaukee’s youth, as they grow into responsible and compassionate citizens. Our Shining Stars program is always free, which opens up activities that youth may not otherwise have access to, such as trips to Incrediroll or Discovery World. These are fantastic alternatives for youth that remove them from risk factors for negative behaviors, such as violence, drug use, or gang activity.

Picking strawberries on a field trip.

To make our Summer Program the best it can possibly be, we need help from our supporters! We need volunteers to assist with clubs and chaperone field trips. We’re especially in need of a leader for the Bike Club. If you know your way around a wrench, we’d love to have your help! If you want to help, please contact our Youth Services Supervisor, Beth, at (414) 389 3823.

Don’t have much time but still want to give? Consider fulfilling one of our summer wishes. Any of the following would be wonderful gifts:

Notebooks for summer journals
Individually packaged snacks and juices
Plastic silverware—especially spoons
Sunscreen
Starter plants (onions, tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, pansies, edible flowers)

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