Schools closed, festivals cancelled, streets emptied, but True North carries on! We cannot wait for in-person group programming to presume, but in the meantime, here are a few of the many ways that True North is continuing to thrive:
Before COVID-19 struck, we had planned for students to work with the Norwood Food Bank for community service hours. Although students are not able to work at the food banks currently, True North staff have been working in the Telluride and Norwood Food Banks each week to strengthen our connection with partnering community organizations. We look forward to bringing students back into the fold and continuing to work at the food banks!
Hosting weekly virtual hangouts for students! These hangouts are an open space for students to connect outside of school and support each other through these odd times.
We hosted an Earth Day Cleanup competition where students were encouraged to complete a cleanup with their families to earn community service hours! All were invited to participate and we had a lot of great feedback and posts from folks that participated!
Calling, emailing and texting students constantly! We are here to support our region's teens through these confusing and troubling times and are continuing to do everything we can to keep uplifting students. We are working with students to help them: complete school assignments, edit their essays for school or scholarship applications, connect them and their families to any essential service needs and lend an ear to anyone who needs to talk.
Working with the seniors across Telluride, Norwood and Nucla High Schools on their scholarship applications, their communication with prospective schools and making sure they are on track to graduate and attend college in the fall.
Participating in weekly Latino Advocacy Committee meetings to collaborate w
ith other organizations in the San Miguel Region to ensure equitable services for our Hispanic population.
Participating in all available webinars related to the economic, social and physical changes taking place due to COVID-19. We want to stay as up to date as possible on economic relief and regulations so we can resume group programming sooner rather than later!
Maintaining our many administrative tasks: planning for summer and fall programming, updating our website, holding regular board meetings, researching new funding sources, communicating with our scholarship committees and more!
We do not have a set timeline of when we can resume in-person programming, but are following guidelines set by the county and state as closely as possible. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions!