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PROGRAMS/EVENTS

LIFT programming/events calendar

Upon arrival at the Youth Center, students will first Check-In, and then they will be able to sign-up for the Calendar items scheduled for that day. They must get signed up before the Activity’s Start Time and we ask that they only sign up if they will be present for the entire activity. Please also remember that space may be limited for some items. We will work to ensure all students have the opportunity to try each offering over time.

In addition to the workshops and programs scheduled on this calendar, LIFT’s Program Staff and volunteers will lead other activities at the Youth Center each day. On a typical day students can expect to have opportunities for: 

  • Meeting with an Adult Mentor (Email morgan@lift-ringgold.org to get signed up!) 
  • Meeting with a Tutor (Email morgan@lift-ringgold.org to get signed up!) 
  • Creating a Daily Art Project (some led by guest artists) 
  • Playing in the Gaming Room or at our Video Game Station 
  • Spending time on their homework with help from volunteers 
  • Painting the in-process murals inside the Center. 
  • Curling up with a good book or helping with the monthly Creative Writing project. 
  • Playing a game of ping pong, basketball, cornhole, gaga ball, and other outdoor games.

LIFT posts our programming/events calendar monthly. In order to stay up to date please check back periodically. Please scroll down to read more general information about programming at the Claudia Nance Rollins Youth Center and LIFT’s community events.

LIFT's program focus areas R.E.A.C.H.

All of LIFT’s programming falls under one of the five categories of our R.E.A.C.H. Please check our calendar for the monthly programming schedule.

R ecreation programs:

 At the Center: 

  • Pool table, foosball, air hockey, etc. PLUS Board games, cards, books 
  • Music, Movies, Video gaming: concerts, lessons, and competitions 
  • Stress Reduction: Yoga, Meditation, Centering activities 
  • Outside: Shooting hoops, Cornhole, Horseshoes, Ping Pong 

Field trips: 

  • hiking, rock climbing, caving, geocaching, fishing, boating 

Hosting events: 

  • Slip-n-Dive Kickball, Lula Lake Family Adventure Day, Run/Walk Groups 

E ducational programs:

  • Workshops on practical life skills: finances, job interviews, resumes, car maintenance, cooking, health, and wellness practices. 
  • Meeting professionals who can help students explore different career possibilities or trades; Hosting Career Fairs and Internship Postings. 
  • Professional Tutoring offered for free and having a place to do homework. 
  • Having access to technology and resources to help you accomplish schoolwork. 
  • Access to a mini-library with a student focus, co-hosted by the Catoosa County Library. 

A rt programs:

  • Photography and videography – utilizing state of the art equipment and editing tools 
  • Music Studio – Students can get lessons to learn to play an instrument thanks to a partnership with Songbirds Foundation and the Guitars for Kids program. We will be able to record their music as well, want to teach live sound mixing, and host songwriting workshops. 
  • Maker’s Space – fully stocked with supplies for crafting of all sorts (unstructured creativity); we will also partner with local artists to offer lessons in drawing, painting, pottery, etc. 
  • Functional Stage – we hope to nurture students interested in acting and movie making. Giving them a space to perform and projects to work on as they learn new skills. 
  • Digital art and Creative writing: poems, stories; marketing and media 

c ommunity programs:

  • Community Service Projects: there will be a monthly opportunity for our students to serve our community, our environment our country, and its citizens. 
  • Mentoring: working with adults to give multi-generational opportunities for students to be known, feel supported, and be given a safe space to communicate. We also hope to have older students become mentors to younger students as they serve as leaders at the Youth Center 
  • Connecting with community leaders, government officials, and advocates for change who can inspire our students and challenge them to make a difference. 
  • Working in your school to be a positive influence for good 
  • Joining a small group of peers that support me and encourage me-by interests and struggles to bridge negative isolation 

h ealth programs:

  • Having healthy snacks available for students at the Youth Center. We will also be able to send students home with Snack Sacks when there is a lack of available food at home. 
  • Mental Health connections for both individual counseling and group support group settings will be offered whenever possible. Getting to speak to a counselor one on one about what you are struggling with or with a small group of peers designed to offer specific support and resources for challenging topics. 
  • Resource Bridging – we will always have easy access to resources for students and families in a variety of topics. We will give referrals to access necessities, mental or physical health resources, spiritual… 
  • Workshops for parents/guardians on helpful topics and especially on areas that are under-served. specific topics that are typically under gender issues, technology, 
  • Hosting and referring community resources mental, physical, and spiritual health 

Community Events

P/G NIGHTS @ LIFT

Parent Night: Childhood 2.0 – LIFT will often invite parents to the Center for evenings of support, encouragement, education, and connection with others. This evening we will watch a documentary together and then discuss its content as a group.
Childhood 2.0 is helpful for anyone who wants to better understand the world their children are navigating as they grow up in the digital age. Featuring actual parents and kids as well as industry-leading experts in child safety and development, this documentary dives into the real-life issues facing kids today.

Support Groups

Interested in attending the Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Planning Meeting please use the Zoom link below.

Click here to join the meeting via Zoom.

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