Students in CommonBond Communities Skyline Tower Teen Programs engaged in leadership and service-learning activities.
During the school year, the Teen Advisory Council, a leadership group for students in grades 10-12, organizes several activities for their peers and the building as a whole. One particularly successful event was the group’s Food Festival, which brought together Skyline residents of all ages and CommonBond staff. The event was a potluck, and everyone enjoyed sampling each other’s favorite dishes. The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) Club, a team building group for students in grades 7-9 planned several service-learning projects together, including a recycling education event for Skyline Residents.
Over the summer, two Skyline teens served as Peer Garden Assistants. They worked with staff to lead activities for their peers in the program’s community garden plot around gardening skills, environmental education, and healthy eating. In addition, several Skyline teens were hired to work in the building’s Teen, Youth, and Early Childhood Literacy programs through the Saint Paul Right Track program. Two teens who had previously worked at Skyline Tower obtained more professional internships through the second level of Right Track. Summer teen programs included service-learning and leadership opportunities for all students in the program. Students worked together to plan and run a free community carwash, a neighborhood cleanup, and games for younger students at the building’s National Night Out event.
Skyline students continue to build their teamwork and communication skills through activities like TOP, employment through Right Track, leadership roles within the Teen Program and building, and service-learning opportunities.