PTM High Schoolers participate in a variety of programs to help build a sense of “connectedness”–connection to a caring adult, connection to a positive peer group, connection to a sense of self, connection to a sense of purpose, and connection to work-ready competence. These connections happen through formal and informal programs like those below.
The Calvin House Youth Program is a partnership between Preston Taylor Ministries and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Middle and high school students meet from 5:30-7:15 on Wednesday nights for dinner, games, worship, and family groups. Calvin House Youth participate in regular guys/girls nights out, service projects, and out-of-town retreats.
SaLT, or Servant and Leadership Training, serves a small group of high school students who meet on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30. The program includes tutoring (general tutoring, ACT prep, college prep, etc.) and servant leadership development (job training, career exploration, service learning, manners, and other life skills needed for independence).
Dinner and Devo
PTM 9th-12th graders have an opportunity to come to PTM on Monday evenings during the school year from 6:00pm-7:30pm for dinner followed by Bible Study with a mentor. There are opportunities for mentors and mentees to enjoy fellowship experiences with one another.
Next Steps is our newest addition to the high school program! The purpose of this program is to provide one on one college and career support for juniors and seniors in high school. Each PTM Student who is a junior or senior in High school will have a one on one mentor who checks in with them weekly concerning current academic achievement, future college or career readiness, goal setting objectives and overall well-being. The hope is that our students would not only be prepared for life after high school, but they will be excited about the path they have chosen.
Retreats and Outings
A big part of the high school experience is the “afterhours” opportunities to explore colleges, museums, overnight retreats, and outings. These experiences help inspire dreams and build life-long positive friendships.
Thrive is a program for recent high school graduates. They are matched with a mentor and meet once a week as a small group for life skills development and fellowship.