This summer Stand Up For Salem hosted their first ever youth program in partnership with the Salem Family Success Center. The pilot program started in late June and ran the middle of August for 18 children aged 7-14.
SUFS was thrilled to find a wonderful program director this summer; Ms. Krishore Holloway, an college senior working toward her degree in Social Services at Cumberland County College.
Krishore developed curriculum in literacy and math skills based on hands on bicycle construction and repair, but found a serious need for instruction in prosocial behavioral skills which she provided.
In addition to learning how to repair and build bicycles, children learned how to enhance their self-control, deal with conflict in acceptable ways, how to follow instructions and ask for help and how to get along with others. At summers end, each child had a bicycle that they built or repaired themselves.
Given the success of the summer program we have decided to continue the program on a limited basis during the school year.
Details about the admission process for the school year will be posted on the SUFS website in the near future.
Donations of bicycles, bike supplies for repairs or cash can be dropped off at SUFS.