WHAT IS AN AGAINST THE GRAIN SCHOLAR (ATGSCHOLAR)?
The Against the Grain Scholars are exceptionally proactive inner-city students who choose to focus on their education instead of the adverse societal norms and extenuating circumstances that surround them.
More specifically, the ATGScholars choose to work hard in school, participate in class, and consistently complete their homework assignments. They choose to follow the directions and rules of the classroom and school without resistance or defiance. They also choose to be respectful to all of their teachers, the staff, fellow classmates, and their siblings. In addition, they are polite, courteous, and exhibit exceptionally high-quality character.
OUR PURPOSE, MISSION, HOPES & DREAMS:
Our program is designed to give the ATGScholars the recognition they deserve, positively reinforce their hard work and high-quality character, and build upon their tremendous foundations.
Focused on the long-term success of the ATGScholars as well as the long-term development of the community, it is our mission to provide mentoring and facilitate unique volunteer opportunities for the ATGScholars, from eighth grade through high school…and beyond!
With encouragement and altruism, it is our hope that the ATGScholars will continue on their paths as the true leaders, heroes, and positive role models of their communities. It is our dream that the ATGScholars will inspire a future generation in the same way that they inspire us every day!
All of our outings are concluded by a sit-down lunch or sit-down dinner. This gives the ATGS mentors an opportunity to:
-Debrief our volunteer experiences
-Listen to and Support the ATGScholars
-Develop lifelong relationships
-Offer fresh perspective, insights, recommendations and advice
-Positively reinforce the ATGScholars’ hard work and character
VOLUNTEERING ALLOWS OUR SCHOLARS TO:
-Incorporate service into their lives
-Realize the difference they can make in the lives of others
-Learn new skills
-Explore new hobbies and interests
-Develop a sense of achievement
-Encounter new life experiences
-Meet a new and diverse group of people
-Cultivate social skills
-Create a positive school-life balance
-Improve their overall mental and physical health
-Set themselves apart when applying for college
ATGS VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENTS (Since January 27, 2013):
-Cleaned up a children’s park in Price Hill, collecting over 425 pieces of litter
-Found a home for two shelter dogs (Zoey and Sadie had each been living at the SPCA in Northside for eight months!)
-Participated, three times, in the Buddy Up Tennis fitness program, working with children with Down Syndrome
-Provided nine needy children with first aid supplies and school supplies by participating in the 3 Children Challenge
-Supplied nearly 2,000 Uji porridge meals for students in rural Tanzania by raising pledge money through the 5.5-mile “Walk In My Shoes” Challenge
-Successfully initiated and implemented an ongoing recycling program at St. Francis Seraph School in Over-the-Rhine
The ATGScholars receive a tablet that is provided by ATGS. The tablets give the ATGScholars consistent access to their @againstthegrainscholars.com email account which allows them to communicate frequently with their mentors as well as practice their email etiquette. The tablets also give the ATGScholars consistent access to online multimedia volunteer resources.