Youth After School/Summer Program & Support

Thumbs Up Youth Summer Program 

Open to all middle and high school students, including those entering 5th grade for the 2024-2025 school year.

The Summer Program will begin on June 12th and continue on Wednesdays, from 11:30am-1:30pm, through August 28th at our Elk River location. We will be closed on July 3rd. 

The link to register for the Thumbs Up Youth Summer Program is below. The cost is $110 which covers activities, supplies, food, and snacks.

 

Our goals for this summer are to encourage youth in being physically active, cognitively engaged, and fulfilling creative expression. Each week will be centered around a different theme ranging from Beach & Picnic to Mochas & Melodies to a Sports Day! Fun activities to fit the theme of the week will be included and we encourage all participants to get involved as fully as they feel comfortable!

Participants in the Summer Program will receive an email every Monday throughout the summer containing details about the upcoming theme and activities to be prepared for.

Elk River Youth Summer Program (beginning 6/12/24)

Open to all middle & high school students

Wednesdays, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: 305 Jackson Ave. Suite B, Elk River, MN 55330

Fun activities: Themed events, field trips to nature preserves, a fully stocked art room, games & more!

Partnership with CAER Food Shelf to provide snacks and beverages for every student.

To sign up – a parent or guardian must complete the participant waiver below or email questions to kate.swanson@thumbsupformentalhealth.org

 

Participant Waiver Form!

Please complete the form below. (this form is required to attend the summer program)

 

Sign Up for the Elk River Summer Program!

 

Elk River After-School Program

Open to all middle & high school students Monday – Thursday from 2:15pm – 5:00pm

Location: 305 Jackson Ave. Suite B, Elk River, MN 55330

Weekly no-cost mental health activities, including Therapy Dogs from You’re Not Alone, mindfulness activities, and access to mental health resources.

Other activities: Fully stocked art room, games, puzzles, and calming corner space.

Partnership with CAER Food Shelf to provide healthy snacks and beverages for every student.

To sign up – a parent or guardian must complete the participant waiver below or email questions to kate.swanson@thumbsupformentalhealth.org

 

Rogers After-School Program 

Open to all middle & high school students every Wednesday from 2:15pm – 5:00pm

Location: Rogers Activity Center – 21080 141st Ave N, Rogers, MN 55374

Weekly no-cost mental health activities, including Therapy Dogs from You’re Not Alone, mindfulness activities, and access to mental health resources.

Other activities: Fully stocked art room, games, puzzles, and calming corner space

Partnership with CAER Food Shelf to provide healthy snacks and beverages for every student.

To sign up – a parent or guardian must complete the participant waiver below or email questions to kate.swanson@thumbsupformentalhealth.org

 

Sign Up for the Rogers After-School Program!

Participant Waiver Form!

Please complete the form below (this form is required to attend the after-school program at either location)

 

Suicide Prevention Panels & Presentations 

  • We talk to middle and high school health classes about mental health & suicide prevention.
  • Our hope is that our stories will help students open up the conversation about mental health when they go home and also in their friend groups.
  • The message is one loss to suicide is too many and we must all do our part to continue the conversation about mental illness and that’s it’s okay to ask for help.

Youth-Led Suicide Prevention Programs

  • We currently support the follow youth led suicide prevention clubs annually:
    • Elk River High School – Yellow Ribbon Club
    • Rogers High School – H.U.S.H. (Helping U Seek Help
    • St. Michael-Albertville High School

Partnership Open Doors for Youth 

  • Supporting the Open Doors for  Mental Health Counseling Program.
  • In 2021, Open Doors for Youth’s therapist saw a total of 35 unduplicated youth, for a total of 300 appointments.
  • Of the 300 appointments, 225 were at the center or tele-health, and 75 were through outreach in the Princeton schools (HS and ALC).
  • Their therapist provides therapy at ODFY three days per week.

Would you like more information on how you can partner with Thumbs Up in the youth in your community?

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