Saturday Bridges - What's Offered
In response to a community-wide survey, SSEF provides discussions and workshops on an array of topics for Adults. In Fall 2017, subjects included a curriculum on Financial Literacy presented by Eastern Bank, conversations on parenting presented by The Fatherhood Project, and a workshop on housing presented by the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership. In addition, one-on-one tutoring for adults with volunteers and mentors was available. View the Spring 2018 Schedule for information on current sessions.
Preschool Sessions for 3-4 Year-olds
Providing a taste of the preschool during Saturday Bridges, these sessions include story and sing-along time as well as arts & crafts and outdoor playtime. Activities take place within a preschool setting on the Lincoln School campus and offer an introduction to the kind of programming that regular preschools can provide for young children. SSEF is committed to supporting families in having their children attend preschool, and this window onto such an experience provides parents with an understanding about what's offered and why it's important to sign children up by age 4. This program is run by a preschool lead teacher with the help of local middle and high school volunteers. Meanwhile, there are also onsite babysitters for infants so that parents can participate in Adult Programming, knowing their little ones are well-cared for and close by.
Outdoor Education for School-aged Children
This program takes place at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. This wildlife sanctuary and farm includes a trail system, displays of native wildlife, and interactive features that allow visitors to experience nature and learn about farming. Each session is led by Drumlin Farm Education Staff and followed by snack and playtime with volunteers. Transportation to the farm will is provided from the Lincoln Schools.
Just for Teens
For the first two sessions of Spring 2018, Teens attended presenter-led discussions with Adults: “The History of Sudan” and “Living in Two Worlds”. The SSEF Teen Coordinator will meet with Teens the last four sessions of the program with a focus on preparing for college, summer employment, stress management, and mastering the MBTA. These sessions will include a field trip to Brandeis University with a focus on what to look for when visiting college campuses, a field trip using the MBTA into Harvard Square, and a day of canoeing and discussion.
SSEF is launching "Get Hooked on Books!"--a family reading initiative. This family-friendly project is designed to acquaint SSEF families with resources at local public libraries while also instilling a love of reading. SSEF knows that the South Sudanese feel that education is very important. Reading prepares children for school, builds critical thinking, and strengthens learning skills. Beyond that, stories are fun and expand horizons. Public libraries are rich community resources with more than books--libraries offer free programming for all ages, museum passes, skill building workshops, networking opportunities and more.