Redeemer Community Partnership is a nonprofit, Christian community development corporation that builds better neighborhoods in South Los Angeles by creating safe, healthy, opportunity-rich communities where children, youth and their families thrive.
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By Lauren Tigrett
A year ago last April, we embarked on a new adventure in Lego robotics. A high school robotics team joined us for a week to teach the kids the basics of robot building and programming. The week culminated in an exciting sumobot wrestling competition, but the real journey was only just beginning.
There was a lot to be learned between the time of our introduction to robotics and our first competitive season. The summer was a race to build the skill set necessary to compete in the First Lego League. Robot days were squeezed in between very full weeks of our academically rigorous summer program. In the fall, our young team experienced a roller coaster of emotions as frustration set in after multiple failed robot attempts, but then through grit and determination they were able to achieve success, first in practice and then finally during actual competition. Late last year marked a turning point in the team as they emerged a more confident bunch, eventually earning a place at the Los Angeles Regional Tournament. The season ended with the kids talking excitedly about their plans for next year.
Like all competitive teams, what you do in the off-season will impact your performance during the season. Our kids are “staying in shape” by participating in monthly robotics challenges and trainings. One Saturday a month, you will find them at Adventures Ahead building and programming bumper cars, roller coasters, and catapults. They are learning to create sturdy designs and to program a robot to drive straight (which is actually a lot harder than it sounds!) They are practicing giving presentations to volunteer judges and explaining their design choices. Their enthusiasm hasn’t waned; in fact, they are growing more confident each day and are eagerly awaiting the release of this year’s tournament challenge.
One year later, kids who knew nothing about designing and programming are building their very own robots. They are expressing interests in computer programming and engineering as careers. The journey for them has begun. Will you consider supporting them along the way?
Become a monthly sponsor of our team and we will put your name on our team shirt and send you one.
|Devin and other CyberKnights coach our team|
By Devin Caplow-Munro
I entered South LA for the second time with a sense of familiarity. Little surprises like the new dispensary across from Adventures Ahead, and wake-up calls like circling helicopters reminded me where I was, but I felt safe and comfortable. I felt like I could relate to people. We were excited to teach the kids more about robotics, and we were excited to go back to Donuts World.
But as the week progressed, I began to notice things, little things, which broke my heart. Some of the kids who acted out, I was told, were emulating their older, gang-affiliated siblings. One of the kids in my group, a fourth grader, didn’t know what an average was, let alone the way to go about finding one. It only took a few minutes of explanation for him to understand, but he had never received even that. I realized that despite appearances, I was in the midst of terrible need.
I began to be fascinated by the sacrifice that many members of Church of the Redeemer had made, and their attitude in making it. In church they talked about fasting, praying, the best way to live your life for God, and I realized that they were doing it right. By living where they did, caring about who they did, and spending their time the way they did, they were putting Jesus’ words into action. By addressing the needs of the community, they were really loving their neighbor, and they did it cheerfully, with a truly joyful heart.
On this trip I didn't just serve. I also learned what it means to show God’s love to others. For that I'm truly grateful.
Email Lisa@redeemercp.org to bring your group to RCP.
By Keo Booker
Annually, Streetlamp Studio and RCP, with the help of industry professionals, partner with local youth from Church of the Redeemer and Adventures Ahead in a month-long process to create music videos. Students not only star in these music videos, they also brainstorm video ideas, create story plots, develop characters, and learn how to film scenes. This is what we call "Reel Joy."
A highlight from this year, 3 of our former K-5th tutoring program students participated in Reel Joy. Initially, we weren't off to a great start. When I went to pick up the girls the first night, one of them didn't want to come, but finally relented when she saw her other friends. At first, the girls were quiet and shy and didn't talk to anyone. However, as the night progressed they warmed up, and on the drive home they were talking incessantly, brainstorming ideas for their movie! The girls enjoyed the experience so much that they've continue to attend the youth group and one has even started going to the youth group tutoring. Praise God!
What a joy to know our Adventures Ahead youth will continue to be mentored and receive both spiritual and academic support! This is a small step towards RCP's vision to build a continual pipeline of resources for our neighborhood children from cradle to college to career. Helping students make the transition from our program to youth group is an important aspect of ensuring their long-term spiritual and educational success. Please pray for the spiritual maturity and academic success of our youth.