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July 17, 2014
Generation United Partner update: Partners Mentoring Youth
Here are a couple of Partners highlights from 2014 so far!
Tour of CSU Campus & 3D Printing Lab:
Back in February, Partners put on a life skill activity, in which partnerships (mentor/mentee pairings) were invited to take a guided tour of the CSU campus, put on by the CSU Admissions office. During the tour, partnerships were given the opportunity to see the CSU Oval, a classroom in the Computer Sciences department, the outside of the under-construction Lory Student Center, the West Lawn, the Rec Center, Parmalee Hall, and a residence hall room.
The final stop of the tour was the campus' 3D Printing Lab, located inside the engineering building. At this stop, the group had the chance to see multiple 3D printers in action, and learn about the process of printing in 3D. This was an invaluable opportunity for our youth to see for themselves what a college campus looks like. Many of the youth in our program will be first generation college students, and to many of these youth, the prospect of attending college sometimes may feel like a far off reality. At the conclusion of the tour, one 13-year-old Junior Partner commented to his Senior Partner that touring the campus made him “want to go to college someday”.
End of School Year Celebration:
At the end of April, Partners celebrated the end of the school year by spending an afternoon at Fossil Creek Park. Nearly 20 partnerships were in attendance, as wells as a handful of Generation United members who came out to volunteer. A very big “thank you” to all those from GU that came out to help! We could not have put this event on without their support! Generation United volunteers helped us run the different activities we had going on that afternoon, such as volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, giant Jenga, cornhole, ladder ball. They also helped us facilitate a community service project, in which youth decorated 4x4 inch tiles to be given to donors and supporters of the Partners program.
The afternoon was a hit, with kickball and the tile craft project being crowd favorites. This was such a special way to celebrate all of the hard work our youth put forth throughout the school year, as well as a fun afternoon to kick off the coming of summer.
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