“I didn’t know there was this much water in the world!” shouted Harper* as she gazed out over Niagara Falls. Harper was part of a group of six Cabbage Patch members who went on a trip to Canada as part of our Global Civic Engagement program. The Patch has long been expanding the horizons of at-risk youth with travel camps, and the trip to Ottawa further... Read More
Grit is defined by Merriam-Webster as “firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.” Recently, we spoke with our client, Samantha* and realized that she is a very “gritty” person.
Samantha graduated with her associate’s degree in paralegal studies in the spring of 2017. Since then, she has been working very... Read More
Once a month, families gather for a Patch Parents meeting, where they share a meal and receive information and resources that help improve their quality of life. At one such meeting, tables surrounding the room were covered with books. Having collected excess book donations for several months, the Educational Opportunities staff members were able to share with... Read More
When is the last time you danced in front of someone? This question might make you laugh. You might say “No one wants to see that!” But where is this reaction coming from? You might think you are not good enough. You might be comparing yourself to better dancers and thinking you have nothing to offer in terms of creativity or technique.
But... Read More
At The Cabbage Patch, we focus on rewarding good behavior so that children develop into role models and contribute to our supportive community. Community partners help us change lives when they donate incentives that help us encourage active participation and cooperation. It’s not all just “fun and games!” Structured program participation is a key goal... Read More
It is such a thrill to see our Cabbage Patch scholars graduate college! Many of them have been part of The Cabbage Patch for years, and it’s been our honor to see their accomplishments, both big and small, that have led them on a path to success. All graduates are pictured with Mayghin Levine, Manager of Educational Opportunities, who provides ongoing support... Read More
This Derby season, don’t forget to plan something for the kids! We've been working on lots of projects at The Patch that you can do at home.
What you need: Plastic or paper bowls, pie tins, newspaper, paint, glue, tape and embellishments like sequins, feathers, etc.
Cover the bowl or pie tin with glue and smooth newspaper over it. Use several... Read More
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) survey puts a numeric score on the collective negative experience, with the number escalating... Read More
On a recent evening at The Patch, one of our Board members was volunteering in the performing arts department when a child approached her with a puppet. The Board member asked the puppet what he liked to do, who his friends were and other questions. It soon became evident that this shy child was telling her story through the puppet, and the Board member felt... Read More
Music is a fun and functional part of education! For instance, music and math are related. If children understand beats and rhythms, they are practicing counting, dividing and recognizing patterns. Music can also introduce children to different cultures or create connections within the world of media and performing arts. The Patch was fortunate to welcome a brass... Read More