Community Garden

The Community Garden program strives to educate and empower members of the Clinton-Peabody community by providing a location for all residents to learn about good nutrition and the environment. Our program aims to promote sustainable practices and healthy lifestyles, encourage social interaction, and produce organic foods. 

In the fall and the spring, our program plants and harvests seasonal vegetables and herbs in the garden. We educate participants about different types of plants and the diverse uses for the foods we grow. When it is too cold to work on the garden, we implement a curriculum of educational activities related to food and gardening that include art projects, active games, and preparing healthy snacks from our very own healthy recipe book! Another way we learn about different food sources is through field trips; we annually visit a farmers’ market, science education center, an urban farm, and more!

The Community Garden program is open to Clinton-Peabody residents of all ages, and our participants do not have to be a part of any other City Faces program in order to join us!


Our garden is located on the southwest corner of Lasalle Lane and St Ange Ave

 

Girls Club

The Girls Club meets biweekly with City Faces girls, ages 12 and older. The program is an enriching environment that fosters self-esteem and creates another support system for the City Faces girls through educational and fun field trips, as well as quality time at the City Faces studio with activities such as cookie decorating and journal making.

Girls are also exposed to different career fields such as science and technology. Fun activities include finger-knitting, jewelry making, fitness classes, movie days, skating, and much more! We frequently take field trips to educational (and fun!) locations such as the Science Center, the zoo, and tours around Washington University’s campus.  Girls involved in Girls Club will leave with a new sense of confidence and a new group of lifetime friends.

Leadership is also a focus of Girls Club. Leadership building exercises are an important part of our curriculum. In the future, girls involved in the Club will be able to move up in leadership positions. For example, our older girls may have a chance to mentor some of our younger girls.


Girls Club Goals:

  • Broaden horizons
  • Build leadership skills
  • Foster Friendships
  • Raise awareness of various opportunities
  • Promote mental and physical health

Mentoring

The Mentoring program seeks to build lasting one-on-one relationships between City Faces mentees and Washington University mentors. Pairs meet at least once a week to spend quality time together; from visiting each other’s school to cooking together to playing basketball, the options are nearly limitless! Pairs discover common interests as their unique friendship develops. 

Mentor pairs also enjoy group activities, such as potlucks, field trips, and holiday celebrations. The flexibility of the mentoring program allows for a mixture of fun and learning.

Both mentors and mentees come away with meaningful friendships and irreplaceable experiences. We hope that the deep connections formed will encourage pairs to explore academic and personal interests. We also hope that pairs will develop long-term planning skills and that the mentoring program can serve as a safety net that City Faces students can always turn to.

Tutoring

Tutoring is a daily after-school program held in the City Faces studio Monday through Friday. Our tutors are mainly Washington University students who are trained to be effective tutors. Our focus is to develop creative and engaging curricula in five main subjects.

 

Reading

Our reading program is designed to help City Faces students discover the fun in reading. We incorporate graphic novels and stories with fun relatable plots. We encourage City Faces students to develop a love for books and push to raise their reading level. Our programing encourages reading out loud, reading comprehension, and vocabulary building. Through daily reading practice, children will build reading skills and confidence.

 

Math & Engineering

Through our partnership with TESLA, a Wash U student group that strives to teach St. Louis youth applied mathematics and engineering, the City Faces math program strives to bolster an interest in mathematics and engineering through fun, hands-on activities. Throughout the week, we integrate design, building, creative problem-solving, and more skills required for success in math and engineering, into the curriculum. Our goal is to expose City Faces students to fields of study and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

Science

In our science curriculum, we assimilate inventive ways of teaching to spark the students’ interest in the world around them. We perform interactive experiments that help students understand areas of science in a way that is fun and engaging. We explore the world of science through simple experiments focusing on biology, chemistry, materials science, architecture, and other exciting fields!

 

Art

Our art program strives to give City Faces students a creative outlet and help them realize their artistic talents. By exploring many different artistic techniques, mediums, and subjects, we hope to expand the ways by which children can express themselves through their art. We showcase children’s art at our annual Art Show, so that members of the Washington University community can admire and experience our students’ art.

 

Music

Our music program is a fun way for City Faces children to acquire new skills and discover their own musical talent. Our program teaches basic music theory and gives children hands-on experience with different instruments.


Ideology

In addition to our weekly schedule of programming and activities, we offer daily homework help and a daily reading time. Students can receive help with their homework from individual tutors. We believe that working in groups and seeking help from peers, in addition to receiving personal attention and tutoring, is a great way to learn and build teamwork and communication skills.

Beyond academic tutoring, we often vary our lesson plans by adding active games and other extracurricular activities, which help the kids focus when we work on academics. We use a nearby playground and studio space for activities from tag and basketball, to origami and paper drums, to egg drops and balloon races. We hope that by fostering an environment of close friendship and shared fun, we can engage the kids in each subject so they can enjoy the material while they learn.

A central goal of the City Faces Tutoring program is to build personal relationship between City Faces tutors, the children of Clinton Peabody, and our students’ parents. We hope that our tutors are able to connect with the students, help them discover new subjects and ways of engaging with their studies, and become sources of support for the children that we work with.

If you are interested in signing your children up for the City Faces Tutoring program please contact us via email.