RISE Inc. offers youth programs for the 2022-23 school year

The Winters RISE, Inc. office is launching new after-school programs to foster connectedness, homework help, and life skills for Winters youth.

Starting next week, RISE will launch its Girls’ and Boys’ Clubs for students at Winters Middle School.

The Girls Club is exclusively for eighth grade girls and takes place in two parts two days a week. The Girls Club program takes place on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. On Wednesdays, Girls Club homework help sessions are held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both sessions take place on the WMS campus.

Maira Galvan, RISE Youth Coordinator, said the Girls Club program gives eighth-grade girls the opportunity to meet and connect with others in their class, provides a positive role model to help empower and lift them up. , and on Wednesdays, they receive homework help.

Galvan said the girl group is focused on their well-being and development as they prepare to transition to high school. Some of the activities include outings in town and participants have the opportunity to meet high school graduates to learn tips and talk about their experiences in class.

The Boys Club is for all boys in grades six through eight who can attend Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the WMS campus.

Brandon Villegas, mental wellness specialist, said the mission of the program is to provide boys with the opportunity to come together throughout the week, have fun activities and be able to express themselves and be aware. in a safe space.

Boys Club participants will also be able to receive social and emotional support at daily events, hang out and connect with others they may not meet on a regular basis.

Boys Club begins Tuesday, September 6 and Girls Club begins Wednesday, September 7.

The RISE Duel Fuel program is back for its second year. The program was launched last year to teach students how to cook with what they have in their pantry.

Duel Fuel is open to fourth graders through high school and takes place Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Winters RISE Inc. office. The program launched Monday.

“Duel fuel gives kids the opportunities they need to learn how to cook,” Villegas said.

Students learn how to use fresh produce and pantry items to create nutritious meals, along with tips and techniques on how to cook and prepare a meal.

New this year is the Gardening Club which is open to children in grade three through high school and takes place on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Winters RISE Inc. office.

Villegas said the Gardening Club is currently being developed through a partnership with the Winters Joint Unified School District. He works with Cathy Olsen, Winters JUSD Food Services Manager,

“It was (Gardening Club) something I always wanted to do with the original Duel Fuel program,” Villegas said.

The goal is for students to learn how to grow fruits and vegetables in the garden plot outside the RISE Inc. offices and then use them in the Duel Fuel program. Villegas encourages youngsters to participate in both Duel Fuel and the Gardening Club for the full experience.

“I wanted the students to learn the basics of autonomy. To take care of themselves so that when they are alone they have a good idea based on our programs on how to take care of themselves,” Villegas said.

The Garden Club start date has yet to be determined, but will be released as soon as program details are finalized.

Applications for all four programs are available at the Winters RISE office at 200 Baker St. Applications for Girls’ and Boys’ Clubs are also available at the WMS office.

Villegas accepts donations of recipe books and kitchen equipment for Duel Fuel. Villegas said that for kitchen equipment, he was looking for camping kitchen equipment or mobile kitchen utensils.

To donate items, contact Villegas at brandon@riseinc.org or call 530-794-6000.

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