75% of the students at Grundy County High School are considered economically disadvantaged. Many find themselves forced into adult responsibilities, such as caring for younger siblings or working to contribute to the household income. During a volatile time in a young persons life, Mountain T.O.P.’s Summer Plus ministry strives to provide a place where 12-17 year olds can be a part of an adventure that just might change the course of their life.
At Summer Plus, teenagers from Grundy County have the opportunity to explore new interests in a fun, Christian environment. Caring adults from a variety of life experiences come and lead or act as caregivers in workshops with such diverse topics as Creative Cooking, Karate and Self-Defense, Softball and Drama. More than teaching new skills, the adults bring encouragement and love to the teenagers giving new life perspectives and helping kindle a strong desire to succeed.
AIM participants lead 5 day workshops for a class of teenagers. The subject of the workshops can be anything that might not be experienced at home or in school. AIM participants are also needed as caregivers: people who covenant to be mentors and companions for the teens as they spend the week exploring new interests.