3 months, 3 weeks ago by Mary Griffith
Quincy Christian School and the Adams Co. Health Dept. are now involved
The Quincy Public Schools Teen Reach program got a big boost with the announcement that Quincy Christian School and the Adams County Health Department are aboard as partners.
Bob Murray, administrator for Quincy Christian, says the mission of his school and of teen reach are highly compatible: finding a way to advance academic and social growth for children.
"Now we're the parent program for Teen Reach, and it's an amazing partnership,” Murray said. “We are blessed richly in our community."
Teen Reach will continue to be housed at the old Irving School building and will serve, on average, 42 students daily. Each weekday, after school, students can ride the bus to Irving and participate in activities meant to catch them up on school work, reinforce good study habits, and modify behavior.
The peer on peer mentoring provided by the Christian School members and students is more relevant to the Teen Reach participants’ lives.
Program Director Dennis Williams says one of his mentors, Quincy businessman Mike Nobis, is a great example of the kind of volunteer the program needs.
"Somebody that is consistently there when they think nobody is ever there for them- that is the key component,” Williams said. “That's what he (Nobis) does. Every week, coming to them, talking to them, saying 'I'm here to support you. I don't have to agree with everything you say but I'm here, and I'm here to support you.'."