Older Youth (14-24 yrs)
From academics to the arts, Martha’s Table offers local teens the opportunity to thrive in their community.
In recognition of the different stages of development for teenagers, Martha’s Table’s Youth Program consisting of students’ ages 14-24 years of age decided in 2011 to break up their successful programming into two different areas to meet the unique needs of students.
The Teen Program is now Martha’s Table’s Collegiate Academy (MTCA) for youth 14-18 years old and serves as a college readiness program. The mission of MTCA is to use creative project-based workshops to provide young people with the services and support that is needed to attend and graduate from both high school and college. The workshops are designed to develop a student’s initiative, engagement, communication, and problem solving skills. This skill set accompanied with the tools gained through core academic studies will put our youth in a better position to succeed than students who just obtain academic skills alone.
The second program, Degree DC, serves youth 18-24 who are enrolled in college and who participated in the MTCA program. The Program is designed for the MCTA alumni to continue to receive support from Martha’s Table while they matriculate through college. The goal of Degree DC is to increase the graduation rate of DC students enrolling in college and obtaining a degree within 5 years of graduating high school. The college students who agree to participate in Degree DC submit their grades and schedules to Martha’s Table on a semester basis and will also serve as college mentors for the juniors and seniors enrolled in MTCA. Degree DC students are also encouraged to incorporate volunteerism to promote the idea of “giving back.”
For the last 15 years Martha’s Table’s programming surrounding teens and young adults has had a 100% graduation rate of all High School seniors who actively participate in the program (attending and or communicating at least 2x a week) so it’s a thrill to be able to work closely with alumni and address specific needs of current high school students. We only see positive results by separating the programs into two but still have both programs working together to reach one common goal…life success!