Students at SWARM Springdale.
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1BC Boys and Girls met together for to eat dinner, exchange gifts, and look at Christmas lights. A week earlier, each mentor and student drew a name and were given $1 with the challenge of making a card and bringing a thoughtful gift by only spending one dollar. Needless to say, we have some creative kids!
Early Saturday morning, students, mentors and volunteers woke up and trekked to Dallas to participate in a 5K. Our group came away with a total of 4 awards!
Last Tuesday, mentors and students met to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together.
We are incredibly thankful for the many adults that make AUYD possible!
On Tuesday, 1BC Boys and Girls met together to share a meal, and engage in a lesson taught by our friends at The Women’s Center. The students were prompted to draw and share their idea of a world without violence. Some of the answers shared were very telling of the daily realities with which our students struggle.
Thank you for helping us work at making their dreams a reality!
On Saturday, students learned about simple machines and assembly lines.
Best part was, the finished product was edible!
Yes, we meet weekly in mentoring groups with planned lessons, dinners, and fun times. Last Tuesday we carved pumpkins and enjoyed some treats a group. However, involvement in the lives of students does not stop there, as mentors visit students multiple days a week to check on them at school and home.
Below you’ll see examples of that, including mentors taking students camping, to soccer games, celebrating birthdays, cooking, and many other things.
It’s the small things that usually mean the most… Join us in transforming the lives of these youth.
Tuesday night started with Soccer and Subway!
Then for the second of six lessons, speakers from The Women’s Center came to speak to our combined group of 1BC boys and girls.
The lesson this time consisted of gender roles and resetting what we think of when it comes to certain things only being for boys or only being for girls.
Students at SWARM were transported to the Fall Festival at Major Cheney Elementary for a fun time! Many of our high school students volunteered their time operating games and helping in set-up and takedown. Also, a D-Group of high school volunteers from The Hills Church of Christ came to help facilitate the event.
The AUYD Beasts had a game in Trophy Club, which they lost 3-2. Afterwards, many coaches, volunteers and students also attended the Fall Festival.
One picture you see below is of an AUYD soccer player kicking the ball around with another little boy. He just met him that day, and stayed a while kicking with him and teaching him a few skills. In essence, this encapsulates the ultimate vision of Advent, as the students we are investing in today reinvest in their communities tomorrow.
Again, we want to thank the numerous individuals, churches, schools and organizations that came together to make this a rewarding Saturday for all!
For the next eight weeks, both the boys’ and girls’ 1BC mentoring groups will be meeting together for a special presentation by speakers from The Women’s Center.
The curriculum is called R.E.S.E.T., where youth are encouraged to re-think what modern media is telling us about respect, violence, and gender roles.
The students were highly engaged in the activities as we established a community of trust to move deeper in conversation in the coming weeks!!
On Saturday, mentors and students met at Spanish Square for team building and character lessons! They shared snack and played games together.
Over the weekend, the Beasts also had two games. They have one more practice Tuesday and their last two games are next weekend! Saturday at 10:45am in Trophy Club and Sunday at 4:30pm in North Richland Hills!
After soccer practice, the boys broke into small groups for discussion. They then headed to the park for a cookout!
The girls met at the HUD Community Clubhouse and worked with mentors on an art project.
For then next eight weeks, the boys and girls will be combined on Tuesday nights for a special presentation called “RESET”, put on by the Women’s Center of Tarrant County.
On Saturday, students and mentors met for a time of learning and fun at Spanish Square.
Meanwhile, the AUYD Beasts had a game in Lewisville, which they won 2-0. There was some added excitement because Emily Reppert of Chevy Hometown Kids, which airs on Fox Sports Southwest, was present to interview a few players and mentors!
The film crew stayed throughout the first half and once we know when our segment airs, we will pass along that information!
Last month, volunteers from The Hills partnered with Advent and Rio Vista Apartments to throw a back-to-school party for the students in the community!
A great time was had by all as food was consumed, swimming competitions ensued, and prizes were distributed. The families and volunteers all had a great time!
We are so thankful for our volunteers that made this possible.
The next meeting of SWARM: Rio Vista is this Saturday, October 6 at 10:00 am. Join us at 6324 Baker Blvd. Haltom City, TX 76117.
Our mentoring groups are named after Martin Luther King’s concept of “The Beloved Community.”
The first component to The Beloved Community is “A Vision of Total Relatedness.” MLK once said, “We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”
Advent’s 1BC Mentoring Groups try to accomplish this by stressing family in each group. We hope that no matter the family situation of each child, they will find love, brotherhood, and acceptance in our beloved community.
This week, the boys met at Major Cheney Elementary for a soccer scrimmage and discussion. The girls met at the Community Clubhouse, then went to the park for further discussion.