The Mix at Arbor Place, a local youth development agency, is releasing a short documentary film at Penn Cinema on September 13th at 5:30. The film chronicles the journey of five Lancaster teens to Atlanta, Georgia for the world’s biggest spoken word poetry competition. The film’s run time is approximately 35 minutes and the premiere showing is free of charge. Individuals can RSVP for the event by emailing Ty Gant at firstname.lastname@example.org. A trailer for the film can be found online by clicking here.
Reclaimed Newspaper Boxes Hit the Streets, Promote Summer Literacy in Underserved Lancaster Neighborhoods
Reading is fundamental to educational success. Recent research finds that “children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class” (Evans, Kelley, Sikora, Treiman;2010). Yet this benefit is often unattainable for low income children and youth. One study found that children from middle income homes have 13 books per child on average while in comparison, low income homes only had one book for every 300 children (Neuman and Dickinson, 2006).
The Lancaster City Track Club, part of the Lancaster PAL program at The Mix at Arbor Place, is hosting the 1st ever “The Right Track Run” on Tuesday, May 17th at 4pm. The event will raise funds to send a team of students from School District of Lancaster to California for the US Track and Field Junior Olympics. Last year 14 students attended with one being named an All-American in two categories. The race is between six schools from the district with the winning school receiving a trophy in honor of their accomplishment.
The Mix at Arbor Place is partnering with The Common Wheel to present Pages on Pedals, an innovative reading program that delivers free brand new books to 200 children in Lancaster City over four weeks in the summer months. Volunteers will deliver books to children via bicycle and help to promote the importance of summer reading. Pages on Pedals is a program inspired by the Words on Wheels program at Tree House Books in Philadelphia. Each book will come with educational prompts to ensure that students are learning and reading the books they receive. Research shows that low-income communities seriously lack access to books. One study found that in low income neighborhoods there is one age appropriate books for every 300 children. Access to books is hugely important for academic performance. The number of books in the home is the only behavior measure that directly correlates to reading scores (McQuillan, 1998).
The Mix at Arbor Place (Arbor Place) is proud to announce four exciting programs for summer 2016. The first, “Culture Camp,” takes place from June 13th –July 8th and is for elementary and middle school students. The second camp, “Young Scientists,” is being held from July 11th –July 22nd and is exclusively for elementary school students. “Power Up!” the computer literacy camp for high school students, returns from July 25th-August 5th. Finally, the organization is offering a half day Vacation Bible School in collaboration with a local church from August 8th-August 12th.
Lancaster will name its first ever Youth Poet Laureate on April 1st at The Trust Performing Arts Center from 7-8 pm. The event will include student performances and light refreshments. The Lancaster City Youth Poet Laureate is a program of The Mix at Arbor Place with support from various local community and government organizations. The Lancaster City Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity, and education across Lancaster City.
President of US Tennis Association, Former Tennis Pro Will Speak at Annual Banquet For Local Charity
The Mix at Arbor Place will hold its' Annual ‘Evening of Celebration’ Banquet and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at the Lancaster Marriott. Board President Todd Reinhart will be the emcee at this year’s event and Ms. Katrina Adams will act as the guest speaker. Ms. Adams is the President of the United States Tennis Association, the national governing body for tennis in the US. A former tennis professional, she competed in singles and doubles tournaments all throughout the world. During her playing career she won 20 different Women’s Tennis Association doubles titles and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon. She is the Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program which supports at-risk students in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Katrina Adams is the first African American leader of the USTA, and the youngest person to ever occupy the position. In addition to her work at the USTA, Ms. Adams is a frequent commentator for the Tennis Channel.
The Mix at Arbor Place is proud to announce the first ever Lancaster City Youth Poet Laureate program. Students from Lancaster City can submit their work for consideration from a panel of esteemed judges. The winning youth poet will receive the honor of serving as Youth Poet Laureate over the next year, have their work published in Third Point Press, perform throughout Lancaster County, and receive a generous prize package. Find out more information on how to apply at: http://www.arborplace.org/Programs/Youth-Poet-Laureate/
This November 20 go the EXTRA mile for The Mix at Arbor Place. On that day, we’re participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. For 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by $300,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors. PLUS, there’s an additional $50,000 in
prizes we can win just from your donation!
The Mix at Arbor Place is teaming up with Barnes and Noble in Lancaster for a book fair on October 10th, 2015. The event is held at the Fruitville Pike Barnes and Noble location and coincides with the extremely popular Star Wars Reads day. Star Wars Reads Day is a one day event where you can meet and read with your favorite Star Wars characters!
SKECHERS and VF Outlet have teamed up with the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers charitable organization to provide new shoes to children in need. Over 1,000 pairs of BOBS from SKECHERS shoes will be donated to local children at The Mix at Arbor Place.
This press release was created by participants of Power Up!, a summer camp run by The Mix at Arbor Place. Power Up! focuses on computer literacy and business skills, teaching students how to create resumes, cover letters, spreadsheets, and other essentials for the modern workplace
The Mix at Arbor Place, The Lancaster Police Athletic League and The Allstate Foundation are excited to partner for National Night Out. The event will serve as a community celebration and kickoff event for the partnership between Allstate Foundation and the Lancaster Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) program with the presentation of a big check for $10,000. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
The Mix at Arbor Place is excited about the partnership with Slide the City, especially for the opportunity to bring a City Wide event to a vibrant Southeast Lancaster city neighborhood. This event will reconnect Lancastrians with the excellent neighbors, fabulous children and caring families of the southeast that we joyfully & proudly serve through The Mix at Arbor Place and its PAL (Police Athletic League) program. We will be providing opportunities for the youth of our community to be involved in the days' activities and to partake in the festivities; We encourage efforts to provide for added youth participation in this fantastic opportunity.
On July 14th, five Lancaster City teenagers will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in Brave New Voices, the largest youth spoken word poetry festival in the world. Each student was selected through a careful process after writing and performing their own creative work. A CD release show and send off party is planned for the students at The Mix at Arbor Place on Thursday, July 9th at 5:30 PM.
Lancaster City Track Club, a volunteer based youth track and field program, is joining the Lancaster Police Athletic/Activities League as a core program. Lancaster City Track Club has shown great success in providing unique track and field opportunities to underserved kids in Lancaster City. The partnership with PAL allows the program to grow and develop as youth are supported in Lancaster City.
The Mix at Arbor Place (Arbor Place) is proud to announce four exciting programs for summer 2015. The first, “Culture Camp,” takes place from June 15th –July 10th and is for elementary and middle school students. The second camp, “Young Scientists,” is being held from July 13th –July 24th and is exclusively for elementary school students. “Power Up!” the computer literacy camp for middle and high school students, returns from July 27th –August 7th. Finally, the organization is offering a half day Vacation Bible School in collaboration with a local church from August 10th-August 14th.
Former Philadelphia Eagles Player Vince Papale will Speak at Annual 'Evening of Celebration' Banquet and Silent Auction
The Mix at Arbor Place will hold its Annual ‘Evening of Celebration’ Banquet and Silent Auction on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Lancaster Marriott. WGAL’s Ron Martin will be the emcee at this year’s event and Mr. Vince Papale will act as the guest speaker. Vince Papale is a well-known former pro football player and the man who inspired the movie Invincible. He played 3 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after playing 2 years in the World Football League while he was working as a teacher. He was the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL to play without college football experience. He was named “Man of the Year” by the Eagles in 1978 and is a truly inspirational story.
The Mix at Arbor Place (Arbor Place) is proud to unveil Remixed Studios, a recording arts program made possible through a grant by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Remixed Studios teaches Lancaster City youth the basics of music production and business management. Students create their own hip hop beats in the studio, meet with local producers and studio owners, and learn how to run a successful business. Successful participants even have the chance to record and produce their own album. This program is free for all middle and high school students though an application is required. Remixed Studios is open Mondays-Thursdays after school.
Isaac's is hosting a one-night fundraiser for The Mix at Arbor Place's 'We Rock the Mic' program. We Rock the Mic is raising funds to send a competing team to Brave New Voices, the world's biggest youth spoken word poetry competition. The fundraiser takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, 5:00p.m.–9:00p.m. at Isaac's downtown Lancaster location. 25% of the cost of your meal (alcohol sales included!) will go directly to The Mix At Arbor Place for programs that benefit our children. We appreciate your support and hope to see you!
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day a dozen students from The Mix at Arbor Place experienced the powerful Oscar nominated film 'Selma'. The film documents Dr. King's fight for voting rights in Alabama that proved to be one of the defining moments of the last century.
On Saturday January 10th, The Mix at Arbor Place teamed up with the Philadelphia 76ers to provide an unforgettable experience for over 80 of Lancaster City’s youth. Students had the chance to watch the 76ers play live at the Wells Fargo Center, all thanks to the generosity of the Philadelphia 76ers. It was truly a memorable time for the students, many who had never been to Philadelphia before.
The Mix at Arbor Place and Lancaster PAL Host Free Soccer Clinic with Professional Soccer Player Zarek Valentin
The Mix at Arbor Place (Arbor Place) and Lancaster Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) are hosting a free soccer clinic on Saturday, December 13th from 10-noon. The clinic is led by professional soccer player Zarek Valentin and is open to all Lancaster children. Held at 520 North Street, the event is free to Lancaster City youth but is limited to the first 25 registrants. Interested individuals can sign up at www.arborplace.org.
We have some new exciting events to announce with regards to the Extraordinary Give. The Mix at Arbor Place is partnering with several local businesses during the Extraordinary Give with special discounts for our donors!
NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS
•Breakfast @ Soul: Join us for a $6.99 breakfast buffet at Soul Restaurant. Breakfast runs from 7-10 am with 25% of proceeds going to support The Mix at Arbor Place! Soul is located at 33 Ranck Ave, Lancaster, PA 17602.
•Sneaker Villa: We will be at BOTH Sneaker Villa locations from 3-9 PM. With a donation to The Mix at Arbor Place you can receive 10% one full priced item! (excludes retro Jordans)
The Mix at Arbor Place is proud to announce the addition of Christine Flavin Dombrosky as Director of Development. Christine graduated from Manheim Township High School and Cabrini College with a B.A. in communications. Christine brings more than 15 years of development, fundraising, and special event planning to the Mix at Arbor Place.
Starting this September, Lancaster will have its first Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). The Mix at Arbor Place (Arbor Place) is partnering with City of Lancaster to connect cops and kids in a positive environment. PAL programs are a mainstay across the United States, where police officers conduct youth development activities with neighborhood kids. Arbor Place is excited to bring such a high quality program to Lancaster City. The partnership will be unveiled at a ceremony on Friday, September 19th at 3:30 pm. The event will take place at The Mix at Arbor Place. Mayor Rick Gray and Chief of Police Keith Sadler will speak as part of the event.
On Friday, August 22nd Arbor Place staff posted a short video of a police officer playing 'curb ball' with a neighborhood child. It didn't take long for it to go viral on Facebook with over 810 likes, 280 shares,56 comments, and 7,500 views.
The Mix at Arbor Place is celebrating the start of school with a Back to School Bash on August 15th from 1-3 pm. The event will feature backpack and school supply giveaways, free haircuts, live music, afterschool program signups, and fun games. The event is free and is the first opportunity to sign up for Arbor Place’s free afterschool program.
The dedication ceremony for the Barney Ewell and Ida Gantz Community Mural took place at the intersection of North and Christian Streets in Lancaster, Pa. Mayor Richard Gray spoke and there were refreshments and activities for youth at The Mix at Arbor Place after the ceremony. There was a special guest appearance by Cylo.
A Farewell From Janice Thomas
Growing up, one of my favorite shows was The Carol Burnett Show. It was funny then, but now that I’m older I appreciate the humor and comedic professionalism of the cast. I was always disappointed when the weekly episode was over, but the closing song allowed me to look forward to the following week. Carol would sing, “I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just got started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say, ‘so long’”.
Five middle and high school students from The Mix at Arbor Place are attending Brave New Voices, the nation’s top youth spoken word poetry festival. This year’s festival is held in Philadelphia and features top youth poets from across the country and abroad. Arbor Place students are participating as a non-competing team. At the event they will be attending workshops, enjoying performances, and visiting local colleges. Brave New Voices is held from July 16th until July 20th at University of Pennsylvania.
The Mix at Arbor Place (Arbor Place) is proudly participating in this year’s Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. charity golf tournament. The tournament is being held at three different locations in Lancaster County will all proceeds benefiting three different local charities. This monumental event kicks off at 7:00 am on Friday, July 18th. More information can be found online at http://aacares.golfreg.com.
It is with mixed emotions that the Staff and Board of Directors of The Mix at Arbor Place announce that Janice C. Thomas will step down from her role as Executive Director. Janice, who has served in the position since June 2012, is relocating with her family to Nazareth, PA. The Staff and Board of Directors are working closely with Janice to manage her transition effectively and a personnel committee has been formed to search for a new Executive Director.
The Mix at Arbor Place proudly announces the release of ‘Light Up!’ a spoken word poetry album created by middle and high school students from Lancaster City through the We Rock the Mic program. CDs will be released on June 16th at Tellus 360. The CD release show begins at 6 pm and the event is free to the public. CDs will be available for a freewill donation.
Join Isaac’s employees as they raise money to sponsor an underprivileged student in the After School Program at The Mix at Arbor Place in downtown Lancaster. This sponsored student will receive assistance with homework, study skills, visual and performing arts, fitness, nutrition, a hot dinner and other life skills. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost of your meal will go directly to sponsoring our student (and maybe even two!). Please support Isaacs as they help prepare today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. This is a one day only event on May 19th at the Centerville road location from 5-9 pm.
The Mix at Arbor Place is proud to announce three exciting programs for summer 2014. The first, “Culture Camp”, takes place from June 16th –July 11th and is for elementary and middle school students. The second camp, “Young Scientists”, is being held from July 14th –July 25th and is exclusively for elementary school students. Lastly “Power Up!”, the computer literacy camp for middle and high school students, returns from July 28th –August 8th. Applications are available.
The Mix at Arbor Place will be holding “An Evening of Celebration”, it’s largest annual fundraising event, on March 27th at the Lancaster Marriott. The exciting event will begin at 6:30 and continue until 8:30. The event is free to attend, though there will be a time for giving. All who plan on attending must RSVP by March 3rd, 2014 by calling (717)393-1523 or emailing email@example.com.
A recent Lancaster Newspaper article highlighted the success of 'We Rock the Mic', Arbor Place's youth spoken word poetry program. The program is making a huge difference in the lives of our middle and high school aged youth.
‘We Rock the Mic’, Arbor Place’s new spoken word poetry enrichment program, has been honored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation with a $5,000 grant. According to Lancaster County Community Foundation “The Ah-Ha Seed Fund grants are to catalyze change in small, but powerful ways.
Step inside the computer lab at The Mix and you might be surprised at what you see: a dozen elementary students clicking away at computers. They aren’t playing a video game online, they are creating their own! ‘Scratch 2 Success’ introduces at-risk youth to the growing world of computer programming, giving them a unique experience they can find nowhere else.
This November 22 go the EXTRA mile for The Mix at Arbor Place. On that day, we’re participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. Last year Arbor Place finished with the 7th most donations of nearly 200 local non-profit organizations. Last year Arbor Place raised over $25,000 thanks to generous supporters like you, and we are looking to hit $30,000 this year!
Get your sneakers ready and prepare to transport back to middle school, it’s the first annual ‘Kicks for The Mix’ kickball tournament fundraiser! Held on September 28th, 2013 at Lancaster Country Day School, teams will compete in a kickball competition while raising money to support at-risk youth. The event will kick off at 2 P.M. and registration is available for both teams and individual participants.
The Mix at Arbor Place (Arbor Place) is excited to participate in the annual ‘Dream Ride’ fundraiser. Since 2006, Arbor Place has raised over $35,000 to support programs for at-risk youth in Southeast Lancaster City. The bicycle race will take place on September 21st at Community Bible Church in Marietta, PA. The race begins at 7 am and includes a complimentary lunch. Interested riders can register by visiting Dream Ride’s website.
Sparkfun, a worldwide leader in DIY Electronics and programming, is making a stop in Lancaster as a part of their national tour. Sparkfun will hold a workshop at Arbor Place on September 14th, 2013 from 8am-5pm. Students grades 3-6 are invited to register by calling (717)393-1523. Space is limited. There is no cost to attend this workshop.
The Mix at Arbor Place is excited to announce the first ever ‘Power Up!’ computer literacy program for at-risk teens. ‘Power Up!’ will guide 10 students on a free five week program to gain IC3 certification. IC3 is an internationally recognized certification, which is accepted by 1,800 accredited colleges and universities for college credit. Students can obtain an application by visiting The Mix at Arbor Place at 520 North Street, Lancaster PA. ‘Power Up!’ will be held from July 8-August 8, 10am-2:30 PM daily.
Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, a property damage mitigation, reconstruction, and remodeling company in Central Pennsylvania since 1966, is partnering with The Mix at Arbor Place to provide summer camp for at risk youth. The camp will be held from June 10-July 5th 2013 at a cost of $50 per week. Scholarships and CCIS subsidies are available.