ACTIVITIES

AND ENRICHMENT 

Activities & Enrichment

Our Activities and Enrichment program provides structured classes and activities for our clients that prepare them for life upon graduating Pacific Lodge. Through specialized opportunities for physical activity, emotional release, social involvement and creative expression, the program assists youth in meeting their individual psychological, developmental, behavioral, educational, and community reintegration treatment objectives. Our goal is to broaden each client’s perspective through exposure to new and interesting experiences. Each youth has opportunities to participate in various therapeutic recreational activities, such as the following:

Athletics — Studies show that children who participate in sports are more likely to succeed as adults because it builds important character attributes including team work, good sportsmanship and dedication. The Lodge provides a range of seasonal activities like basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as track, yoga, and fitness training. Pacific Lodge sports teams compete in the Southern California Boys Athletic League (SCBAL) with clients of other peer organizations.

Educational Opportunities — Many of our boys arrive at Pacific Lodge with seriously deficient skills in reading and math, sometimes three to six grade levels behind their peers. As a supplement to the classes they attend at our on-campus accredited high school, Pacific Lodge has a Rotary Learning Center where students receive additional help. Utilizing ten computer workstations, students can practice math skills or receive one-on-one tutoring in any subject.

Recreational Classes — Improvisational acting, culinary arts, African drumming, art therapy, spoken word, and music lessons are all regularly offered at Pacific Lodge. Most of these classes are taught or facilitated by dedicated volunteers who offer their time and expertise in exposing our kids to a variety of disciplines. Innovative ideas from volunteers on new and exciting classes are always welcome. If you are interested in teaching an existing class or discussing an idea for a new one, please contact development@plys.org.

Community Service — Among the best therapeutic approaches to coping with grief and trauma are gratitude and service. Pacific Lodge clients work with service organizations coordinating food drives for the homeless, collecting clothing for underprivileged families, and assisting partner agencies in our community. We are constantly looking for ways in which our clients can give back.

Cultural Activities — The curriculum at The Lodge incorporates regular outings to museums, movies, colleges and sporting events to increase our clients’ exposure to a broader scope of life experiences. Many if not most of these young people have never been to an art gallery, visited a college campus or had the opportunity to see a play performed live. Also, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to treat our boys to see home games for the Dodgers, Clippers and Lakers every season. If you are interested in donating tickets for an outing or sponsoring a cultural activity, please contact development@plys.org.

The Work Experience Program (WEP) — WEP is an on-site job training and employment program that operates like a real work place. While the boys are working to understand themselves and the world around them, the WEP equips them with job-related skills and experiences that might otherwise be unattainable for this unique population. Career counseling, resume and interview courses, and self-advocacy training are vital components in both our work program and in the treatment process. For more information on how you can support the Work Experience Program, contact development@plys.org.

Book Club — The Lodge’s Book Club engages facilitators and volunteers to read aloud to our boys to pique their interest in reading and help them develop the critical skills necessary to improve literacy levels. Thanks to generous donations, the Book Club has a spacious reading room with a fireplace, beanbags, and a comfy couch. A Book Club founder, who has been meditating for 45 years, incorporates a well-received meditation practice into each weekly meeting. Volunteers lead the group in reading aloud, using accents, animated facial expressions and hand gestures to get the point across—reading is fun! Each boy takes a turn reading aloud and then the group discusses what they have read. All of this helps build a foundation of reading that will be a crucial life skill for these young men to develop.

Fleet Street Bike Project — In 2012, Pacific Lodge partnered with the non-profit organization ROPE, Woodland Hills Rotary Club, and USC to establish the Fleet Street Bike Project, a vocational, recreational, community service, training program located at the Pacific Lodge campus. Fleet Street’s volunteer instructors man a bicycle repair facility that is stocked with tools as well as new and recycled parts. Working on donated bikes, they provide the boys training in bicycle maintenance and repair, thereby instilling a strong work ethic. The program also involves the boys in serving the community and fosters a sense of social responsibility through the donation of reconditioned bicycles to underserved youth in nearby neighborhoods.

In addition to all of the above, our boys can expand their emotional horizons even further through Animal Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Horticulture Therapy.

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