Geronimo! at Grace Church

Take a Leap of Faith for Your Future

Geronimo! is an after-school program for students ages 3-18 at Grace United Methodist Church in Warren on Tuesdays @ 5:30-8 pm in the fall and spring. The program helps youth achieve their full potential and prepares them for a successful future by meeting students’ social, emotional, and spiritual needs in a safe learning community. Geronimo! students engage in fun, hands-on, interactive sessions of creative arts, teambuilding, Bible study, and academic tutoring in a small group of peers and supportive adult mentors. All students eat dinner together as a family each night of the program and start the evening with math and literacy games or academic tutoring for students who need help with homework. The program is supported by the community and free to all students.

Become a Geronimo! Student

About Geronimo!

Free Dinner and Tutoring
Students begin the evening with free dinner prepared by our kitchen staff as well as a community time. Students play board games that have a math and literacy focus, or if they have homework, they can receive personal 1:1 tutoring from one of our teachers.
Creative Arts
Students are given a prompt that challenges them to make art in 30 minutes. Students gain exposure to new art mediums, such as watercolor, charcoal, collage, etc., as well as creative writing and theater. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas and foster their natural creativity.
Students are given a problem to solve with their group. Funny objects such as pool noodles, rope, straws, toothpicks, and marbles suddenly become important resources. After working as a team, students reflect on their approaches and connect the activity to real life scenarios.
Bible Study
Through a small group discussion with their peers and group leaders, students learn how to live out the Greatest Commandment in Scripture, where Jesus instructed us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Students reflect on putting this into practice in their lives.

Why Geronimo?

All Geronimo! Staff are background checked and complete 1 hour of trauma-informed care training each year. Each group of students have 2-4 Group Leaders who act as caring mentors and Bible teachers. Our students form meaningful relationships with these leaders. Additionally, our Student Admissions and Participation Policy, as well as Grace Church’s Youth Safety policies provide procedures for making sure youth are safe at all times in our facility.
Our Creative Arts and Teambuilding program areas meet Ohio learning standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as the National Art Standards. Geronimo! utilizes social-emotional learning and adventure therapy approaches to encourage the growth of problem-solving skills that will predict resiliency later in life. Our curriculum is written by licensed teachers, in house. The Geronimo! program is located only at Grace Church in Warren.
Youth today often struggle with relationships in a tech world. At Geronimo!, students learn to put down the phones, connect with each other, form friendships, and learn how to care for one another. We teach respect through the writings on love in 1 Corinthians 13, which suggests that we should protect one another, be selfless, and honor everyone. 

More Information

All Are Welcome!

Any child, ages 3-18, who can commute to Geronimo! is welcome to be a student in the program. There is no waiting list. Geronimo! students reflect the diversity of our neighborhood – a mixture of backgrounds, learning styles, and exceptionalities. At this time, our staff works to accommodate for individual student needs as much as possible. Our program is a place where all students can make friends and find the courage to believe in themselves. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Program Director for assistance.

Contact Us

Lindsay Goossens,
Geronimo! Program Director
(330) 395 – 5231 Ext. 5

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