The City is holding the 2015 closing ceremony for the Summer Mentoring Programs, Peers on the way to Everlasting recovery (POWER) and Girls Empowerment Mentorship (GEM) on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Activities Center.
The closing ceremonies will recognize teens for their successful completion of the summer mentoring programs. POWER is geared toward males, and GEM, for females at-risk youth ages 13-19 to strengthen self-esteem, obtain leadership skills, form healthy relationships and develop job readiness skills. The programs also help teens make positive choices in all aspects of their lives.
This summer, for ten weeks, POWER members participated in team-building activities, educational excursions and were mentored by City employees and provided opportunities to job shadow while visiting work sites. They performed various projects for local non-profits and City divisions, like street improvement and graffiti removal. The teens were able to get hands-on experience as well as participate in educational excursions throughout the program.
GEM participants attended weekly workshops for eight weeks that included internet safety, college preparation, job readiness and teen violence prevention. The girls also attended leadership camp and volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club, Single Mother’s Outreach – Closet on Main and the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.
For more information about the City’s Outreach and Neighborhood Services, including POWER and GEM, contact Anthony Martinez or Susie Cordova with the City of Santa Clarita at (661) 286-4006 or click here.