- After school programs
- 3 locations, Thousands of visits
ROCK Grounded is productive after-school programs that instill confidence and a sense of belonging, provide mentorship, tutors, games, activities, food and a safe place for teens.
Our three locations include, Jefferson Middle School, Northeast Middle School, and The ROCK Underground at The Greater Midland Community Center. All three of our locations operate as a drop-in program. Teens are invited to come, get a snack, work on homework, socialize, and participate in our planned activities.
One of the areas parents express a significant amount of gratitude for is the daily homework help. During the Grounded Program, we give students the opportunity to receive assistance from a tutor. Tutors are generally active students at Northwood University and are interviewed, selected, background checked, and trained by The ROCK just as our Youth Development Specialist.
Tutors keep track of the number of hours each student does homework. Over 6,500 hours were logged in the 2014-15 school year. Students earn a ROCK Buck for every half hour they do homework with a tutor, which they can spend at The ROCK store monthly or they can save them to cover entry fees at ROCK Unplugged events. Last year one student saved her ROCK Bucks and paid, in full, for her trip to Cedar Point with The ROCK.
Many parents and teachers have shared increased grades and confidence in youth. Parents share that stress is relieved at home because they don’t have to spend their precious and limited evening family time doing homework. Parents and teachers are invited to contact The ROCK staff regarding homework help for their students if needed or if you have any questions.
At The ROCK
- The emotional and physical safety and well-being of our youth is our main priority.
- Participation in ROCK programs will be a positive experience for everyone.
- All interactions with youth, parents, school staff, staff members, volunteers, or community members will be for the ultimate benefit of the youth and the community.
The following behaviors are unacceptable during ROCK programs:
- Bullying or taking unfair advantage of any participant.
- Discourtesy or rudeness to a fellow participant, staff member, or volunteer.
- Verbal, physical, or visual harassment of another participant, staff member, or volunteer.
- Actual or threatened violence toward any individual or group.
- Endangering the life, safety, health, or well-being of others.
- Failure to follow any ROCK policy or procedure.
- Failing to cooperate with an adult supervisor/leader/mentor.
- Possession, use of, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Possession of dangerous or unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, weapons, or other similar items.
It takes a highly qualified person to make something look easy. The ROCK staff do that every day. When you walk past a ROCK program and see teens running, laughing, yelling, and having fun please don’t think for a second that it is out of control and no one is in charge. Consider replacing those thoughts with “Wow, The ROCK team makes this look easy and it is impressive that they can operate safely and efficiently like that.”
Before a person can become a member of The ROCK staff they are interviewed, references are contacted, and background checks are completed. Staff members are intentionally hired and trained for the position of Youth Development Specialist. They are exceptional individuals who truly care about teens and work diligently to insure the safety and well-being of every youth in our programs.
The title “Youth Development Specialists” was chosen because that is who they are and what they do. They specialize in youth development.
Professionals are trained and developed and that happens at The ROCK as well. Staff undergo an initial eight hour orientation. Throughout the year, staff have scheduled professional development days. Staff are taught positive youth interaction, engagement, and inclusion, fair discipline methods, crisis management, building individual resilience and leveraging strengths. Team leaders are also CPR and first aid certified. Tutors are generally students from Northwood University or volunteers and go through similar training.
Each after-school site has an experienced Team Leader and benefits from the over-sight of The ROCK Grounded and Unplugged Program Director, Lacey Wright. Excellent, qualified people are the key to our success and the success of the teens we serve.
- After hours activities and events
- Many locations, Thousands of visits
ROCK Unplugged is community-based teen events that encourage healthy life choices and relationships, create a sense of community awareness, and allow teens to engage in safe, supportive social activities.
- Pool Parties
- ROCK the Tridge (Battle of the Bands)
- Mall Lock-ins
- The ROCK's Edge (Summer camp)
- Midland County Youth Fishing Program
- Girl’s and Guy’s Nights
- Zombie Run
- Volunteering events