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Over the years, SOCK developed a number of effective programs to provide safe, learning-based experiences for the young people of Mason County.

Our Youth Philanthropy Program encouraged creativity, personal initiative and accountability as participating youth explored their potential, learned new skills and attitudes––all the while employing alternatives to drugs, gangs and other negative behavior.

PROGRAMS 2010-2012

Youth-Led Philanthropy

The Youth-Led Philanthropy Program helped kids discover and activate their natural philanthropic spirit. It did this by teaching older teens the importance of giving and serving, encouraging high school seniors to graduate by helping them complete their required culminating projects, and by providing a way for youth to take action on issues that were important to them.

This program offered juniors and seniors in Shelton High School, CHOICE High School, and North Mason High School guidance and resources, including micro-grants, to choose and carry out their required culminating projects. Our emphasis was on projects that were creative, of service to the community, and that allowed hands-on learning. The Youth-Led Philanthropy program also helped CHOICE High School students carry out their requirement of performing 75 hours of community service prior to graduation.

A future goal: Besides helping youth fulfill their graduation requirements, this program was going to offer a few of them the opportunity to become philanthropists themselves by participation on a Youth Advisory Committee. These young people would not only be responsible for making micro-grants to their deserving peers for culminating or service projects, but they would also be given the opportunity to raise funds to replenish the micro-grant fund pool.

We hoped the Youth Philanthropy program would help mobilize a generation to see that they could impact global change by addressing issues and concerns right here in their hometown.

PROGRAMS: 1997-2009

Friday Nights @ SOCK

This popular SOCK program offered drop-in recreation for children and young adults up to age 22. Basketball, volleyball, pool, foosball, music from local bands, skateboarding, youth-coordinated dances, and free nutritious meals were featured. These events were well known for their safe and caring adult supervision.

The KWiP (Kids With Potential) Mentoring Program

KWiP mentored kids in grades 4-8 to ensure that youth embraced a culture where achievement is rewarded through activities like on-site academic and social mentoring, educational field trips, job-shadowing, and academic achievement incentives. The KWiP program matched an average of 26 mentees with 45 teen and adult mentors each school year from 2005-2008, and was one of our most popular programs.

SOCK After School Sensational Youth (SASSY)

The SASSY after-school program provided a friendly and supportive place for kids between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm – the peak time for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, and other risky behaviors.  SASSY was integrated with the KWiP mentoring program, and offered a safe meeting place for KWiP mentees and their mentors, as well as other youth.  SASSY activities included nutritious snacks; volunteer-led classes in arts, theater games, sports, gardening, media arts; field trips; and the School Is Cool study time.

Summer @ SOCK

Summer @ SOCK offered up to 30 youngsters in grades 1-9 the opportunity to visit and become active stewards of Mason County’s natural environment as well as participate in drama, music and art workshops. Summer @ SOCK participants were also provided free nutritious meals and snacks.

The Community Technology Center

After receiving a state grant that allowed us to upgrade our computer lab hardware and software, the Technology Center was able to open to the public, youth and their families, private businesses, and other organizations. It offered free access to the Internet, instruction in basic computer use, job search skills, resume writing, GED preparedness, and access to online education. During 2008-09, the Technology Center served over 460 individuals who used the computers and Internet access to find housing, work, educational resources, do homework, or more effectively market their businesses or organizations. Youth made up approximately 78% of Technology Center users.

The Detention Center Transitions Program

By the time this program ended in December 2009, SOCK staff worked one-on-one with 115 of the 122 youth released from Mason County Juvenile Detention, and provided long-term case management support to 91 of them. We helped youth still in detention prepare “release plans” which the youth agreed to implement when released. The plans specified a return to school, exploration of alternative schooling, entry into vocational training, or an employment search.

The Digital Media Studio

The Digital Media Studio offered a multi-track recording studio and video editing facility that taught audio and video production skills to youth. The production team, including youth and their mentors, worked on two films in collaboration with the Bicycle Re-Cycle project and Mason Transit Authority. The media studio was also used by youth who gathered oral histories from members of local communities and tribes, thereby earning high school credit.

Ivy's Kitchen Cooking School

This SOCK program taught youth 10 years old and up the basics of planning, preparing, and serving hot nutritious meals, with the “classwork” taken home for family dinner! This 12-week course met each Saturday and also included instruction in emergency preparedness and how to prepare a family survival kit.

Cultivating Connections

This program used a greenhouse at Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation Center to teach cultivation skills to youth who grew plants from cuttings and gave them to residents of the convalescent center.


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