I was excited and energized by the first General Meeting of the year which took place at Toberman Neighborhood Center. Carter Calhoun, Acting Director led a walking tour of the TNC campus and introduced us to staff members and program participants. The main idea of the programs offered at TNC is to provide a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” to individuals and families seeking assistance.
The basis for the programs offered at TNC are the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets® which fall into these categories:
- Support – from family, other adults, neighborhood, and school; includes communication, and parent involvement.
- Empowerment – children are shown they are valued and appreciated at home and in the community, have opportunities to help others, and are made to feel safe.
- Boundaries & Expectations – at home, in the neighborhood, and at school; adult role models.
- Constructive Use of Time – creative, and structured activities in the community, at church, and at home.
- Commitment to Learning – motivate to achieve, be engaged, care for teachers, enjoy reading
- Positive Values – help and care for others, stand up for all people, have integrity, be honest, responsible, and healthy.
- Social Competencies – planning and decision making, interpersonal skills, resistance to trouble, peaceful conflict resolution, cultural awareness.
- Positive Identity – self-esteem, sense of purpose, personal power, optimism about their future.
The efforts of Toberman Auxiliary members to raise funds through membership dues, Thrift Shop sales, bridge playing, FUNdraising, and support of TNC fundraising activities supports essential programs including
- TOBERMAN ACADEMY after-school program for students in grades K-including a free warm evening meal. Younger children recently made bookmarks, sold them on the TNC campus, and then gave the proceeds to a local animal shelter.
- LEADERS IN TRAINING is an academically focused program for 6th– 8thgrade students also includes a free warm evening meal is provided.
- WEEKLY YOUTH MENTORING program provides one-to-one support to promote academic success in school, encourage involvement in shared hobbies and interests, and guidance for possible career paths.
- PARENTING PROGRAMS for parents, and grandparents help parents understand the way their family works and ways to create a stable, harmonious family structure that works for them.
Our contribution is important. Every Auxiliary member contributes by their membership, as well as through active participation. Let’s work this year to grow our membership so we will be strong for the future, and able to continue providing support for our community through TNC’s programs.
Let’s have fun while we grow. Join us for a day trip to the Historic Kellogg House in Pomona, plan to come to the General Meeting on June 22nd, buy a ticket to the TNC Gala with Kobe Bryant at Terranea on April 4th, come to the next Board Meeting, invite someone to become an Auxiliary member.
I hope to see (or hear from) you soon.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Patricia (O’Boyle) Gill, President