BAPA Teen Service Corps Takes Steps to Help Seniors 

 

The third meeting of the BAPA Teen Service Corps was on December 10 with over 30 teens in attendance. The meeting involved a coaching session with professional coach Maureen Gainer Reilly.  Reilly discussed the importance of being curious and gave examples of successful people who are always seeking to be better. The idea of being “coachable” — the willingness to listen to advice — can help in any aspect of life.  

The service part of the meeting entailed having the teens fill out postcards that they can give to seniors who live on their blocks or nearby. The idea is to let the Teen Corps members’ neighbors know that the teens are available to help with yard work, snow shoveling, or technology questions if needed. This service project fosters a connection and provides the teens with opportunities to get service hours close to home.  

The BAPA Teen Service Corps has set a goal of completing 500 hours of service by May. 

The teens are continuing to work on service projects that they created on their own. They are in the beginning stages of planning a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the spring to support a charity.  

Nick LoMaglio, founder of Advice Beyond the Classroom, a program that promotes entrepreneurial and professional business advice and opportunities, will speak at the January BAPA Teen Corps meeting, Sun., Jan. 21, 12 p.m., BAPA Office, 1744 W. 99th St.  

“It’s exciting to see the consistent turnout each month and watch them get more comfortable with each other,” said BAPA Executive Director Mary Jo Viero.  “We have big plans for the spring meetings and hope to continue to grow.”  

The BAPA Teen Service Corps is open to students ages 12 to 17 who live in the Beverly/Morgan Park community. Visit bapa.org for more information; email bapa@bapa.org to learn more about joining Teen Corps 

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