Monday, August 14, 2017

Coming Back to the Roots

My name is Oscar Chacon and I am the newest House of Teens staff member. I’ve been in the community for many years as a Peace Pal’s member who went on to attend House of Teens and its many events such as Mission Presbytery’s Midwinters at Mo Ranch, the annual Mission trip in the summer and many small community service activities throughout the school year.
I recently graduated from the University of Houston – Victoria with a Bachelors in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice. Thanks to the help of three scholarships from Divine Redeemer and the Presbyterian community I could advance through my classes with ease. I have developed outstanding communication and leadership skills with the help of past leaders who’ve supported me and encouraged me to do better for myself and for my peers.
I think it’s time to give back to all those who seek advice and mentor-ship at either House of Teens, Peace Pals or to others who serve this wonderful community. Thank you for allowing me to be part of a community who focuses on progressing with the children’s education, and the neighborhoods safety. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How MEYO Has Helped Me by Josh Ingram

I began volunteering with MEYO in the spring of 2014 and later got hired in January of 2016 to be an intern with the House of Teens. I have also gotten the opportunity to work with Peace Pals as well. I have enjoyed every moment of getting to work with the children from MEYO. I enjoy helping the kids with their homework, activities, and playing games. The kids are a ton of fun and great to interact and hang out with. I have always enjoyed playing basketball, soccer, tag, and other games with the kids. MEYO has helped me see that I want to continue to work with kids in my career after college; MEYO helped me realize I want to be a math teacher, the children always needed help with their math. I hope to take the invaluable lessons I have learned from MEYO and apply them for when I become a teacher. I am happy to have the opportunity to be a part of great organization with such great people and would recommend MEYO as a place to volunteer as well as place for children after school.

Josh is our House of Teens Intern. He is originally from Flagstaff, Arizona but came to San Antonio to study to become a high school math teacher at Trinity University. Josh just wrapped up his final season of playing basketball for the Tigers and will be graduating this coming May.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reasons Why Out of School Programs Are Important in Youth Development

Children spend five times the amount of waking hours out of school than they do in school. For children living in a low socioeconomic area, there are more common disadvantages (food insecurity, family relations and stress, non-school peer interactions, neighborhood characteristics, health issues, etc.) influencing their development and achievement in and out of school.  The youth in our neighborhood are at risk of unemployment, no education, teen pregnancy, prison, and dead-end futures. The value of out-of-school time programs and activities has grown throughout the years. Studies have shown that children that participate in out-of-school programs, like ours, are more likely to do well in school, get sufficient exercise, avoid involvement in risky behavior, and acquire Developmental Assets. Additionally, the Developmental Assets acquired through out-of-school time programs lead to increasing success in school, maintaining good health, exhibiting leadership skills, and valuing diversity. The more assets youth acquire, the more resilient and successful they become and the more protected they are from alcohol and drug abuse, sexual activity, and violence. These programs are designed to provide youth with caring and supportive relationships with adults, as well as opportunities to serve, pursue passions, and assume leadership roles within the family, community, and in school.

To learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets, please visit: