We believe that parents // caregivers are the most influential people in a teenager’s life. Our goal is to have consistent, transparent, and helpful communication with the parents // caregivers of GroveYouth students that attend our programs so that they can be supported in their faith journey.
PARENT // CAREGIVER PHONE CALLS
Hey GroveYouth Parents, Caregivers, and Students. We want to let you know about something that we’ll be doing this month called Parent // Caregivers Phone calls.
We are so thankful for all the students that are a part of our GroveYouth community! And we are equally thankful for the households and families that they are a part of.
At GroveYouth, we desire to partner with parents and caregivers to help them understand, facilitate, and support growth in their faith in Jesus and their participation in a faith community. Because of this, we value open lines of communication in whatever ways we can.
In our programs all of the students are divided into small groups with a couple of leaders that meet at some point throughout the night. It’s our policy that every year these leaders contact students’ parents or caregivers. The purpose of this interaction is so that you can get to know who their small group leaders are, have dialogue about your comfort levels in regards to leader and student interactions outside of our program nights (especially in regards to COVID considerations), and for you to have space to ask any questions that you may have.
These phone calls are our way of helping connect each student’s GroveYouth community life to their home life. We invite you to engage in them in whatever ways are helpful!
Parents and Caregivers, we look forward to chatting! If your student has been regularly attending GroveYouth this fall and you haven’t received a phone call by the first week of December, please let us know by contacting me (email@example.com // 306.221.8733).
We look forward to talking to you soon!
WEEKLY TEXT MESSAGES
We send weekly text messages to let you know about the upcoming events and if there is anything extra you need to know that week!
To subscribe to our weekly text messages, following these instructions:
- Enter this number into your phone: (306) 992-7228
- If you are a Sr. High Parent, text this message to that number: @srh-parent // If you are a Jr. High Parent, text this message to that number: @jrh-parent
- Wait for your confirmation and then you’re all set!
- If you ever want to unsubscribe to the text messages, please send this message: unsubscribe @srh-parent // unsubscribe @jrh-parent
MONTHLY PARENT EMAIL
We love each and every student that comes to GroveYouth each week! We want our youth program to be a welcoming and accepting environment. Because of that, we feel it’s important that students know that there are expectations of them during their time here. To assist us in keeping a safe environment, we would love it if you, as parents // caregivers, would also reiterate these priorities of their conduct at our youth program as well.
All students are welcome at GroveYouth. We expect them to feel that way and to express that to other students.
We want each student to feel safe to have fun, express themselves, and explore their faith freely. This safety should be felt both physically and emotionally. Because of this, we want our words and actions to reflect openness to what others believe even if it is different than ours. We expect that GroveYouthers would not mock, make fun of, or degrade others for what they believe or how they express that.
We believe that each student and leader deserves dignity and respect. Again, we desire GroveYouthers’ actions and words to reflect this. We expect them to respect other students, what the leaders ask of our students, and our facility. We also expect them to be respectful during learning times and worship times, even if they do not choose to believe or participate in those times themselves.
We love that students want to stay connected with their phones. We are welcoming of the usage of phones in the first portion of our night. We have a point called CHECK, PLEASE right before our learning time together. Check, Please (formerly known as Grace Period) usually happens around 9pm and is a couple minutes for students to send their last texts, snaps, and instas. After Check, Please, we expect students to put their phones away until the end of the night so that we can engage in learning together as a community. We would also expect that students would not take and post pictures of others who are not aware, especially in a mocking way. This is considered online bullying, and we take it very seriously.
STAYING AT THE CHURCH:
We expect that when students are dropped off // show up for our program, that you as parents // caregivers are trusting them to stay in our facility. We cannot force a student to stay at the church. We have had many students leave during our learning time and go to McDonald’s and other areas of the neighbourhood. We cannot control this. If you do not want your student to leave the church, please talk with them about your expectations.
Having a student not adhere to these principles can be a disruptive and hurtful thing for our community. If we find a student has not followed through on these expectations, we will first address it with the student. If they continue the action, we will call their parents // caregivers and ask them to pick the student up. They will not be welcome again that night but will totally be welcome again the next week and any week after. If we feel like an action is persistent and harmful enough that it is seriously endangering safety in our youth community, a meeting will be set up with parents // caregivers and the student to address that student’s further presence at GroveYouth.
We feel these expectations are appropriate for an environment that all are welcome and safe in. If you have any questions about these expectations, please contact Chandra Styles. (306.221.8733 // firstname.lastname@example.org).