The GreenHouse


The mission of The GreenHouse is to cultivate a thriving community by nurturing the emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical development of youth and families and inspiring them to grow to their full potential.

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Programs

Description
The purpose of Club 56 is to help 5th and 6th graders know who they are, created in the image of a loving God who has a purpose for their lives. Kids near the end of elementary school are often beginning to ask big questions, like "Why do bad things happen?" and "What does my life mean?" Club 56 provides a safe place for students to explore these questions in a context of love, Biblical teaching, and supportive mentors. Students in Club 56 participate in service projects and cultivate leadership building-blocks topics like conflict resolution, empathy, and communication. Faithful mentors and a positive peer community create an atmosphere in which students can thrive, growing in faith, self-esteem and a sense of purpose.
Budget
$4,973
Program Successes
Club 56 has a high rate of participation from 5th and 6th graders enrolled in the GreenHouse After-School program, as well as a number of students who come from the neighborhood exclusively for Club 56. This allows us to reach a range of students, many of whom are hearing about God's love for the first time. This safe, positive environment has always been an anchor for students, but in recent years it has taken on a new dimension, as the political rhetoric about immigration has escalated in our nation. Most of the families in our community are immigrants from a diversity of countries, so the current political dialogue about immigration is profoundly personal. As kids have wrestled with fear, pain, confusion, and insecurity about the future, Club 56 has provided a place of safety for them to express their feelings. Together, the group has engaged important questions like what it means to love and respect others, even when we have different opinions; their own worth as children of God; and God's power and presence with them in moments of fear or uncertainty.
Description
The purpose of Oasis is to introduce 7th-12th grade students to the life-changing love of God through entering the Gospel story and exploring how it intersects with their own life stories. On a weekly basis, teens gather with committed adults to learn about God's love through Scripture, discussion, small-group activities, prayer, worship, and service projects. Regular community-building activities like games, field trips and a weekly meal also enable students to connect and develop strong, mutually encouraging friendships. Oasis provides a place for teens to "take off the mask" that they often feel they need to wear in every day life - in the neighborhood, at school, even at home. Youth open up to God and each other through honest conversation and deep relationships, seeing themselves reflected in the mirror of God's love instead of in the false mirrors that society hands them. Long-term committed adult mentors share their own lives and experience with these young people, walking side by side with them through the difficulties and joys of adolescence, and encouraging them to trust God in their daily decisions.
Budget
$25,832
Program Successes
Oasis has grown by 400% in recent years in both volume and consistency of attendance. Currently, Oasis serves 20 students on a weekly basis, and welcomes a broader circle of students that attend occasionally with friends. 75% of the students in Oasis characterize themselves as "the only person in my family learning about spiritual things," making Oasis a place of significant faith-based outreach. Students in Oasis talk readily about the impact of Oasis on their lives and the community. In interviews conducted in November 2017, one student commented, "I used to be so mad all the time, but here I have learned friendship, trust and forgiveness." Another students shared, "My hope is that more teens will be able to experience this. I want the light to shine!"
Description
Evergreen provides 30+ elementary-aged children with a safe, fun, and nurturing environment in which to work on homework, develop their artistic gifts, and participate in recreational activities. Children are paired with an adult volunteer, a "Study Buddy," who helps them with homework and develops a mentoring relationship with them. Each Study Buddy works with the same children each week, allowing them to develop a close relationship and establish consistency in the kids' lives. Students also learn through innovative, hands-on math games, and increase their reading comprehension abilities using the nationally-recognized KidzLit literacy program. On Fridays, the children participate in volunteer-led workshops such as art, violin, cooking and baking, scientific investigation using microscopes, sports skills, and sewing. Workshop experiences stimulate their creativity, boost their self-confidence, and help them discover their gifts and talents.
Budget
$41,009
Program Successes
Evergreen works with a population of children that are 85% English Language Learners (ELL) from Latino, Slavic, and South Asian communities. A majority of our youth come to us several years behind grade level. We operate in partnership with local schools and parents as an 'academic triage' unit to help get struggling students back on track academically.

Successes in last 3 years: Tangible improvements in the number of youth working at academic proficiency and grade-level performance. Major strides in improved parent-teacher communication as we help facilitate home-school interactions. Measurable growth in students developing "Growth Mindset," self-efficacy, and other social-emotional building blocks with a demonstrated impact on academic outcomes. A steady 75-80% rate of our "GreenHouse Graduates" enrolling in local colleges and universities, a crucial pathway out of poverty for their families in a neighborhood where very few high school graduates matriculate into college.
Description
R4 provides a safe, nurturing after-school environment where students in 7th through 12th grade can improve their academics, prepare for college, and learn new skills. The four Rs in R4 stand for: Relationships (building positive relationships with peers and mentors), Reading/ Writing/ Arithmetic (achieving greater competency in academic skills), Resources (accessing resources needed to achieve future success), and Realizing (developing their full potential). Teens are paired with adult volunteers who helps them with homework and develop mentoring relationships with them. R4 students also participate in weekly workshops like guitar, photography, physics, scrap-booking, and biology that help teens develop "soft skills." In addition, this year we piloted a curriculum centered on cultural humility, creating a safe, healthy forum in which this ethnically diverse group of young people can reflect on their own identities, build empathy with others, and develop the advocacy skills that will equip them for long-term personal and academic success. Students also take field trips to local colleges to tour facilities and learn about entrance requirements.
Budget
$21,036
Program Successes
In the last three years, our 'R4' teen after-school program has grown by 400% in youth attendance, attracting and retaining younger students. Teens are now able to receive specialized academic support from UC Davis and CSU Sacramento student in subjects ranging from basic math skills, to Spanish, biology, language comprehension, and even calculus! In recent years, several GreenHouse graduates of our R4 program have been accepted into 4-year colleges, including CSU East Bay, CSU Sacramento, and UC Irvine.
Description
Our Leaders in Training (LIT) program is a leadership and civic advocacy program that provides a safe environment for high schoolers to pursue their dreams in multiple facets of their lives: academics, community service, and personal growth. Participants meet weekly with a team of mentors for community-building, academic support and accountability. The student-to-mentor ratio in LIT creates a unique environment in which each student is personally known, cared for, encouraged, and held accountable at a deep level. In addition, each student chooses an area of service within The GreenHouse community as his or her leadership position for the year. Options include tutoring younger children, coaching soccer, meal planning and cooking, or assisting in spiritual formation with younger students. Each week high schoolers volunteer 2 hours in their designated area, and then debrief the experience with their mentor. This gives them the opportunity to serve as meaningful contributors within the broader community, and to practice job-readiness skills like being consistent and on time, following directions in a work environment, managing responsibilities, and receiving feedback. In addition, students are exposed to a range of new experiences through public service forums and travel opportunities.
Budget
$11,269
Program Successes
Over the past several years, LIT students have made significant contributions to their local community as youth leaders. LIT spearheaded a three-year advocacy effort which culminated in a $180,000 new soccer field and other improvements at NiƱos Park, the local city park. LIT students have spoken publicly in City Council meetings and at large-scale GreenHouse events, demonstrating the growing confidence, strength, and wisdom of these young leaders.

The impact of LIT also shows up in the personal lives of students. Some LIT students come from deeply challenging circumstances, and face daily decisions about whether to stay in school or participate in gangs, drugs, and other unhealthy options readily available in our neighborhood. We celebrate that these students continue in GreenHouse programs, where they are thriving and offering positive leadership to younger students and the greater community at large.