There's an idiom that states March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. In other words, the month starts off with a sense of tenacity and concludes with a quiet, even somber feel.
Somebody didn't tell that to the students, staff, and volunteers of YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving). In fact, given their end of the month community programming, they are finishing up the month strong and leading into their spring quarter projects for this after-school and mentoring program in tandem with students from Marietta High School and the Franklin Road (Marietta) community.
Tomorrow, March 23rd, the organization's "bigs"(high school students) and "littles" (the elementary and middle school students they mentor) are kicking off their Community Garden Fun Day. From 10am-3pm, members of the community are invited to their Ashton Place Apartments site to help harvest their winter-crops with the larger purpose of preparing their garden for growing additional crops for their summer initiative of having a neighborhood farmers' market. Doing so can help provide improved access to food and other resources for the immediate community.
But it doesn't end there.
In providing a measure of family-themed fun, the following Saturday, March 30th, from 2-4pm, the community-based organization is hosting its Easter Egg Hunt for the Franklin Road community. Partnering with the Franklin Road Community Association, the Police Athletic League, and AMERIGROUP, the hunt takes place in the YELLS Community Garden. Included is an opportunity to audition for their Franklin Road Talent Show (which is taking place on May 4th).
Where many feel the month, and in some instances, the programming year is winding down, YELLS is clearly taking an alternate approach. Their year-round service initiatives provide a steady foundation for their students to hone their leadership skills and civic-engagement with the larger purpose of making their immediate community a better place in which to live, work, and play.
And that's certainly something to yell about...