In summer of 2011, CHEETA took on it's first big project: a teen center located in Riverton Park.
Designed and led by youth in the community, the summer teen center offered daily workshops, led service learning projects, and provided a safe, positive space for neighborhood teens to converge.
RENOVATING the space
We planned a fundraiser event on June 16 at the Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The fundraiser went as expected, and we want to thank the Local Buzz for letting us use the space. At the event we had live music performed by Lyle Divinsky, as well as door prizes and raffle items from Whole Foods Market and dinner for two people at the Lobster Shack. Thanks to those who contributed to this event! This event was made possible by our contributors and we appreciate your support.
What we learned from Parkour
Everybody loved the first day of Parkour. The kids were all over the place jumping of the playground objects and showing of what they had learned. The instructor first gave introduction to Parkour and taught the basics. When the instructor demonstrated the basic moves he made it look easy and everyone underestimated the moves. It took a while to get it but some of the moves were harder than the others. The instructor mainly focused on jumping over obstacles that get in your way. The moves that he showed were essential to Parkour. After accomplishing all of the moves, we had a little concern get in our way. A lot of kids showed up that were not CHEETA members to watch. The kids were doing the moves on their own and we were afraid that could have brought problem in the future to CHEETA. We ended the Parkour training to prevent any problems from happening. We decided that we will have our Parkour training on Saturday and Wednesday. On Wednesday we will have our training in Riverton School playground because there will be no kids there. Although a lot of kids showed up to watch Parkour, it bought concerns and we shifted our meeting times. A lot of kids showed up and that good for CHEETA. It bring kids to our program, when they see what we offer, especially like Parkour.
On Saturday July 30th we held a carnival event in Riverton Park which ran from 11-5. With the help cheetah members, every staff member helped run a game. There were many games that we ran but the games that were most amusing were: Can Toss, Flour Bombs, and Water Balloon. We also had Sombuus, a Somali dish and many other home made food. Copoeira Mestre Beck had come that day. The copoeira class went well and we had many non CHEETA members attend. The non CHEETA members paid to take part of the class. Everyone enjoyed the class and a lot of people want to join CHEETA because of what we offer like Copoeira. CHEETA cannot Copoeira class anymore becase the instructor had left for trip t Spain. At the end of the day everyone helped clean up and those who helped clean up got prizes. Although the prizes were too little CHEETA had made 150 that day. $100 covered up the expenses and the $50 was what we earned. In the future if CHEETA holds any event to raise money, the pries are expected to be higher.