While planning for the Hope Lights multigenerational neighborhood is underway, we are providing programs and services that enhance educational opportunities for children and connect them with older adults so all may thrive.

Literacy-based Mentoring Program

Across the Generations is an intergenerational literacy-based mentoring program for kids in grades K through 4. A child who is adopted, or experiencing foster or kinship care, is paired with a grand-mentor tutor to help improve their reading and overall literacy and provide a stable presence in the child’s life. We are currently seeking funding and hope to launch this program in September 2019.

STEAM Programs

STEAM programs will offer educational and experiential opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics for our underserved children and youth in foster, kinship, or adoptive families.

Story Time: Spoken word performances for children and families in underserved schools and groups in King and Pierce Counties. Weaving folktales, African-American, Northwest, and other historical tales, our professional storyteller is entertaining and informative. A question and answer session after the performance allows the audience to share their personal discoveries through the art of storytelling. Story Time Flyer (pdf)

Learn to Code: A workshop for children ages 12-16 who have experienced trauma. Read more.

Respite and Wellness Programs

Programs that promote improved mental health, healing, and well-being:

Quiet Time: An in-school Transcendental Mediation program for middle and high schoolers. (In development for 2020.)

Camp or Equestrian Assisted Learning: Peer groups assisted with therapist and horses. (In development for 2020.)