CABE is an Alternative Based Education school in Coquitlam that includes teen mothers and other students with learning disabilities, anxiety and other limitations that would restrict the student from enrolling in a standard school. Our club has been involved with the school for two years, working with the teen moms only. However, in June the teachers asked us if we would consider working with all of the teen girls. We agreed to set up a mentorship program, coming into the school once a month for a two hour lunch and learn.
We purchase lunches for the girls through the nearby high schools culinary program. We have done crafts with them and incorporated some of the features of a Girls Circle. We have also partnered with the Crossroads Hospice Thrift Store-who are donating baby and toddler clothing to us so that we can take it to the teen Moms.
We have club members who are volunteering to teach the girls in various workshops, how to do a basic haircut, another will help them to organize their school projects, homework and work area and how to maximize their wardrobe. Several of our self-employed members have agreed to talk about the pros and cons of self-employment.
The photo is of President Linda starting off the luncheon with the girls circle ritual the singing bowl.