The Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative (GBCI) is a resident-created community outreach program serving area youth. A primary focus of GBCI is a mentoring program run in conjunction with Gaithersburg Elementary School. Almost perfect attendance on the part of the fourth and fifth grade students who come over to Asbury every other Friday would seem to indicate that the students enjoy the mentoring sessions as much as the Asbury mentors do! Together we have explored poetry, stories, famous speeches and an opportunity to play some instruments created and introduced by John Boulet, nephew of mentor, Carroll Saussy. We are looking forward to improving our knowledge about Black History led by mentor, Shirley Mallory, and about art led by mentor, Bobbie Carr, a former docent at the National Gallery.
The students love their game time with James Warner and Marcus Barnes and also the dining experience in the Asbury dining rooms. You may still donate extra dining points to enable the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative to offer this dining experience to the students. Contact Sharon Bennett at 301-216-4200 for details or for general information about getting involved with GBCI.
Twenty Latina Moms enjoy practicing their English Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the conference room off the Russell Avenue Cafe. Led by Peg Vert and Winanne Kreger and coordinated by Milagro Flores, the group always welcomes residents who want to join in the conversations.
Think high schoolers are bored by older persons? Think again! The high school students who meet with Asbury residents in the Edwards Fisher library on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:45 request that we bring high school photos of ourselves be prepared to share what their lives were like then. Bring your photos and stories and join in this intergenerational experience.
Several Asbury residents plan to attend the Youth Summit at Bohrer Park on April 8th at 10:30 a.m. in the Bohrer Park Activity Center. Chaired by Moorosi Mokuena, the youth director of Epworth United Methodist Church and a participant in the GBCI Advisory Committee, the planning group includes GBCI members, Hal Garman, Maura Dinwiddie (Gaithersburg Youth Center) and Carolyn Camacho (Identity) as well as representatives from churches, the police, the city, the schools, the conflict resolution center and the International Curltural Center. The summit will bring together youth and adults in an attempt to prevent a “Fergueson-type” confrontation from happening in Gaithersburg.
Visitors are always welcome to attend Advisory Committee meetings on the first Friday of each month at 9:15 a.m. in the Human Resources wing of the Administration Building. (If you enter the front door on the left as you are facing the building, signs will direct you to the meeting place.) To quote Hal Garman, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” because all sorts of connections grow between people at these meetings. The meetings last an hour but small groups stay around to converse after the meetings.