Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mission Update: Tourism Honors Academy Teens Reveal Amazing Creativity

Tourism Honors Academy Teens Reveal Amazing Creativity  

     According to their website, the mission of the Tourism Honors Academy (THA) is "to enhance the academic and career preparation of gifted young people who have overcome adversity to achieve through hands-on exploration of the hospitality and tourism industry."

     Recently, THA's Kyle Ware and a group of his gifted teens made an overnight stay at Wayside Christian Mission's Hotel Louisville.  The purpose of their visit was to develop ideas to enhance the Mission's Work Therapy Program.  Hotel Louisville is, in fact, a training facility that is staffed primarily by women and men in the Mission's recovery program.  The hotel offers real hands-on job experience that is coupled with formal classroom training.  Knowing this, the teenage guests were giving the daunting task of improving an already successful program.  And so they did!  These creative teams developed ideas that can be implemented by the Mission.  Among their ideas are such concepts as job shadowing, professional mentoring, and job rotation.  The students also created a PowerPoint presentation that will be shown to participants in the Mission's Work Therapy Program. 

     We are grateful to Kyle Ware, his associates, and his amazing teens!  The Tourism Honors Academy is a program that expands their students' horizons while making learning a whole lot of fun!  We hope to host a new group of THA teens next year!  

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

U of L Resilient Families Project - Free Hotel Louisville Lecture Series

The Resilient Families Project &
Teaching families compassion, kindness, anger & The Resilient Families Project provides programs
conflict management skills, acceptance of others for families who are experiencing homelessness & is a
and understanding one’s own emotions & how to collaboration between the Department of Psychological
handle these emotions, how to manage & channel them.
Society to Prevent Aggressiveness & Violence among Adolescents & Brain Sciences and
Wayside Christian Mission
are proud to present and sponsor our
Hotel Louisville Lecture Series on
Peace & Conflict Transformation for Those at Risk
FREE to the public but please arrive early to secure seating
Who: Kevin Wooten
What: SPAVA Mentor’s Personal Story of Overcoming Bullying
Where: Hotel Louisville’s 12th floor Ballroom
120 West Broadway @ 2nd & Broadway (across from JCTC)
When: 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 21st
When you see Kevin Wooten, you may recognize him, as he devotes many hours to the Louisville community. He is a long time SPAVA mentor, giving many hours working with families teaching compassion, non-violence, conflict and anger management, and so much more. Kevin gives more than his time to the community; Kevin gives of himself by sharing his own life story. He explains the challenges faced growing up in west Louisville, and he speaks out about being the target of many bullying incidents. Kevin opens up about his own family challenges and how he has been influenced, both good and bad, by these experiences. He focuses on remaining positive, self-confident, and using our personal challenges to grow and help others. Please join us for a truly inspiring story.
Kevin’s Community Interests:
 SPAVA Mentor
 St John’s Men’s Shelter
 Wayside Christian Mission
 Jefferson Street Baptist Church
 Muhammad Ali Center Mentor Program
 Tutor with JCPS Tutoring Program

Wayside Christian Mission is a member of the NACSW

North American Association of Christians in Social Work

NACSW equips its members to integrate Christian faith and professional social work practice.

Elmer Lucille Allen, Volunteer Curator/Director is blessed with a Wonderful Article

Dear Chelsea Gifford:
Thanks for the wonderful article that you wrote about Wayside Christian Mission's Wayside Expressions Gallery and Sandra Charles, February 2013 featured artist. You stated exactly what I have been trying to relate to the public for years. In April, Wayside Expressions Gallery will be celebrating its 8th year. I applaud Rev. Tim  and Nina Moseley and their staff for their support for this mission. A copy of your article was sent to them.
Again, thanks for writing the article.
Elmer Lucille Allen, Volunteer Curator/Director