Our Programs

Youth Programs

Edgewood Village offers Educational opportunites for all ages. 

There is a CACS Headstart right here on the property.

After School Tutoring and Enrichment 

o  The Edgewood Village After-School tutoring program serves 30-40 students every semester. With the support of the Office for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and the America Reads programs through MSU each student is matched with a college student to get help with homework, mentoring and learning through play. We also receive support from our community partners like The Peoples Church and The YMCA Healthy Living Mobile Food Kitchen, who provide after school snacks this semester.

Our resident children (grades K-12) have the opportunity throughout the school year (September-June) to come into the Village Network Center following their days at school to receive tutoring and help from MSU America Reads and Service Learning Tutors and or participate in the after school programs such as Khan Academy, Computer Lab Learning, Lego Club and more. The after school program runs from 4pm-6pm Monday-Friday. 

Offsite Learning: Fieltrips 

o   Arranging field trips for our residents, we plan trips to educational facilities, fun and active facilities, trips to the Farmers’ Market, Wharton Center (Seats 4 Kids), Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Lugnuts, East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, Parkwood YMCA, MSU Recycle Center,  and many more. Not to mention the countless college visits our Edgewood Scholars and parents have attended. The field trips allow our residents to travel to places that they may not know of or are unable to get to. 

Summer Camp Scholarships

o   We are able to provide our resident children with the opportunity to go to different summer camps throughout the summer. The board has been able to fund our children to go to these camps that they might otherwise not be able to. It’s a fun experience for them during the summer that also allows them to stay physically and mentally active. 

Summer Youth Activities

Nutrition Education (for all ages) click the link below to see Edgewood Village featured on a PBS nutrition segment. (Special Thanks to Quintin Shine-Director/Producer and Anna Jursinic-Nutrition Educator from the AmeriCorps program.)

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Each summer Edgewood hosts summer activities, field trips and sends students to camp through partnerships with Mystic Lake YMCA, Parkwood Y, Peoples Church and many other local camps. This summer we sponsored 32 weeks of camp. Also, Thanks to the YMCA Healthy Living Mobile Food Kitchen we were also able to provide breakfast and lunch to Village residents all summer long.

 

 

Teen Programs

 Art of Leadership

Since 2014 with the inspiration and financial support of Mark McDaniel of Cinnare and the Art of Leadership of program founder Denise Stein; Edgewood Village has had the privilege of offering a life altering, future changing, fully engaging leadership program to our youth and families.

Village Youth have been given access to the same leadership training as managers and CEOs of very successful companies. Denise always says, “The only difference is,  kids get it faster.” Students and coaches are taken through a journey of self-discovery. Examining core values and creating a personal life vision to guide them. Under the instruction of the course leader students realize the impact and power they have to make change at home, in school, and in their community.

Since the beginning of the program the students have done community service projects both in the Village and at Fenner Nature Center. They have hosted three very successful community events at the end of each school year. The purpose of these events are to build community. The students want to end bullying and have the neighbors get to know each other better. The students came up with an idea for a free store, offering free personal needs items and clothing to Village residents. The events have been very well received and appreciated by the community. Thanks to the students the free store is open year-round inside the Village Network Center. Our students are an inspiration to their parents, piers, and younger siblings. They are leaders already in their community and they will make an amazing impact on the future.

 

Scholars Program (<click the link to see a full brochure about our Scholars Program)

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Teen Nights

o   Tuesday nights our teens have a safe place to come hang out, play video games, watch movies, and participate in other age appropriate activities. We bring in guest speakers such as Sofia Estrada from Gateway Youth Services to talk about important issues such as internet saftey, budgeting, and human trafficking. There are also tutors available to help teens with homework.

Adult Programs

Adult Education: Through a partnership with Advent House Ministries and Peoples Church Volunteers Edgewood Village was host to providing education to adults in the community. Classes included Technology Skills, Business Skills, Language Arts, Life Skills, and Mathematics. This fall we are hoping to incorporate Government and Current Events class to the schedule.

ESL Classes were made possible with volunteers through Peoples Church. Classes provide instruction and strategies to help participates advance their reading, listening, and pronunciation skills of the English Language.

Homebuyers Workshops hosted by the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition assisted residents in learning the processes involved in purchasing a home as well as developing goals and plans for participants future.

Financial Workshops provided residents with resources and strategies on how to work on budgeting, saving, and repairing credit and was hosted by MSUFCU.

Edgewood Village Forum was developed to bring together the management team and residents to provide lease education, program and property updates, as well as collaborate to improve the community.

Tower Activities: We offer additional activities and programs for our Tower residents (seniors and persons will disabilities) as well. They enjoy Bingo night, Wii Bowling, Brain Gym, Gadget Guru (a how-to class on technology), Craft Nights, Movies, monthly potlucks, mall walks, and outings to special events and areas of interest in our community. These programs all seek to encourage community engagement and facilitate access to activities and resources that promote health and wellbeing. 

Resident Advisory Council: Residents come together to discuss issues, create support, and discuss changes they would like to make in their neighborhood. 

Parent Support Group: Parents join forces to support their children and each other through education, nutrition, time and stress management and moral support.                                        

 

Family Programs

Art of Leadership Free Store: The Middle and High School Youth of the Art of Leadership program here at the Village started a sharing closet, or "Free Store" where personal needs items, used clothing, coats, hats, shoes, and household items are donated and shared with the families of Edgewood Village.

Computer Learning Center: Providing access to computers, faxing, printing, and coping as well as internet access and classes for a multitude of support for residents.

Family Service Coordinator Program: Available to all residents in the community and helps to link residents to supportive services within the community. Other benefits from participating in this program are that the FSC can assist in determining eligibility and apply for benefits; provide health,wellness, and educational programs; crisis intervention; link to resources for employment; limited case management; conflict resolution; acts as a liaison between community agencies, service providers, and residents; and much more.  Some of the program we currently offer include:

Food Programs: The Commodity Food Program is delivered once month and TEFAP quarterly for qualified residents saves participants roughly $50 each month. Food packages vary each month and typically include: fruit, vegetables, and protein. These programs are facilitated through the Capital Area Community Services.

Community Garden and Produce Distribution: Excess produce from our community garden is harvested weekly and made available for our residents. 

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Panera Bread Distribution: Edgewood distributes bread that is donated weekly and delivered by People's Church Volunteers on Thursday and Friday afternoons. 

Special Events: Edgewood Village hosts various community events throughout the year. Monthly Potlucks, School Supply Giveaways, National Night Out, Holiday Parties, Garden Achievment Days, Community Service and Civic Engagement Days, Scholar Dinners, Art of Leadship School's Out Celebration, Summer Block Parties, and more. 

 

 

How you can help

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