August 29, 2014

What's Sprouting?
This Issue:
- Getting Ready for Fall Programs
- Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
- Introducing Our New Community Liaison
- Class of 2014 New Board Members

Coming Events:
 - Fall Programs Launch Sept 16th
 - Harvest Carnival - Saturday October 25th

 - Niños Park Soccer Field Grand Opening (TBD)
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We're Ready for Kids!

After a great summer and a few weeks of downtime, GreenHouse staff and families are getting ready for our Fall programs to start.  Our Evergreen after-school program will incorporate a new reading curriculum this year for our elementary students, based on a successful "book club" model over the summer.   Our youth staff will be rolling out a new mentoring program in R4 throughout the Fall that will focus on significant life choices teens are faced with, and will help them stay focused on their educational goals.

Club 56 will have a new faith-based curriculum that speaks to each youth's uniqueness and the way they can make an impact in their community, family, and school.  Our Leaders in Training (LIT) team will continue to work on weekly projects to improve and beautify the neighborhood in tangible ways.  They will also make sure that the newly renovated soccer field at Ninos Park is accessible for all youth in the community.  Parent leaders with our "Parent Action Team" are gearing up to play important roles in coordinating our annual community service events like the Harvest Carnival (Oct 25), our Thanksgiving Celebration, and the Melvin's Hope Christmas Store.

It's going to be a great year!  Thank you for your support and partnership!
Eight GreenHouse teens went on a 4-day overnight camp with Elevate Life Church during the first week of August.   Youth Director Chito Rosado said, "Every youth was impacted profoundly by the speakers and the messages.  Many were in tears each night." 
Pictures (upper left, then clockwise): "Seflie" with youth and volunteers, getting ready for departure from the Clubhouse, "bobbing for donuts" icebreaker, a view of the lake and lodging at Jenness Park.  

Thanks to our many Summer Sponsors who helped make this camp experience (and many others over the summer) possible for GreenHouse youth.   Donors gave over $2300 towards our three free neighborhood summer camps that served over 80 young people this summer!
New Faces at The GreenHouse!

While we are very sad to be saying goodbye to Emily Mazzariello as our Community Liaison for the last two years, we are excited to welcome Josiah Gorter to our team as our new Americorps VISTA.   Josiah (pictures below) was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI and recently graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology.  He is also leading "The Grace House", a new missional community program in the neighborhood that is intended for recent college graduates looking to  make a difference in their community.  Josiah was a summer volunteer with The GreenHouse in 2013 and a summer staff in 2014.  He's a great addition to our team and has a great love for neighborhood kids.

Emily has been a tremendous asset to our team as our year-round Americorps VISTA.  She has developed new volunteer recruiting and training systems, improved how we are measuring the success of our programs, and built strong relationships with both kids and parents in the neighborhood.   She has made an impact on all of us!  We wish her the best in the next stage of her journey!

New Board Members - "Class of 2014"
Please join us in welcoming our new board members:

Mike Mireles is a professor at McGeorge School of Law.  He and his wife Shannon (previous board chair) helped launch The Greenhouse 13 years ago and have been involved ever since.  Mike and Shannon have three lovely kids and live in the Tahoe Park area.

Wayne Tenney is an Information Technology professional at Doctors Hospital in Contra Costa County.  Wayne and his wife Leah became involved at The GreenHouse through Northside Church in Natomas. Wayne is the "IT-guy" for The GreenHouse, and a great asset to our team.

Susie Lindner is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a proud mother of three.  She and her husband David (board chaplain) have ministered in the Gardenland-Northgate community for over 15 years.  Susie brings tremendous depth of insight and expertise to our board in working with family systems.
Josiah in action: Left, kayak practice at the CSUS Aquatic Center.
Right, making homemade root beer with the teens.

GreenHouse Internships Now Available!

Why intern at The GreenHouse?
At The GreenHouse, you will gain first-hand experience working in a low-income community, addressing the needs and challenges of its youth.  Interns at The GreenHouse impact students through program development, staff support, tutoring, mentoring, and leadership development.   

Elementary Program Intern (4 hrs per week)
  • Intern will support The GreenHouse elementary after-school program by:  Preparing and facilitating group literature lessons, preparing small-group math enrichment games and projects, work directly with a small group of students who need extra support on homework and other academic activities, lead, supervise, coordinate academic and artistic enrichment workshops during “Fun Fridays,” and assist with projects to increase program efficiency.
Teen Program Intern (4 hrs per week)
  • Intern will support The GreenHouse Director of Youth Programs with teen after-school program, including: Preparing vocabulary lessons and interactive learning games, developing team-building and leadership development activities; coordinating workshops, and working as a mentor and tutor with Jr. High and High School students.
  • Related majors for both internships: Linguistics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Community Development, Sociology, Social Work, Human Development, Human Services, Family and Consumer Sciences.
To Apply:
Please contact GreenHouse Community Liaison Josiah Gorter at, submit a volunteer application and cover letter, and complete an interview by: September 12th for Session 1 or January 9th for Session 2

In the cover letter address:
- What skills do you believe you could contribute as an intern at The GreenHouse?
- What are you hoping to gain from interning at The GreenHouse?
Accepted interns will be required to be fingerprinted and attend a training session.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 348138
Sacramento, CA 95834

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