Seeds of Success
Jordan Iman-Washington and Tynisha Reid are two high school students active in the teen program at Project HOME’s Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs. Jordan has been attending the HLCCTL since 2009. Tynisha is a 9th-grade student involved in the Culinary Arts Program.
On Thursday, May 5, 2011, Project HOME’s Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL) held their annual Teen Program Showcase. This Showcase gives the teens a chance to reveal their talents and show them off to staff, peers, and parents.
There are a variety of classes offered at the HLCCTL, including acting, film, Junior Music Executive, mock trial, culinary arts, and digital connectors. Students from these various classes worked on personal or group projects and revealed them for the first time at the Showcase. “The importance of the Showcase is to exhibit to the parents the students’ progress,” says Jeffery Bond, manager of the Teen Program at the HLCCTL. “If we are to be successful in our mission in having the kids receive post-secondary education, we need to partner with the parents, and the Showcase is a great way to do so.” While many students performed at last week’s Showcase, the one presentation that seemed to have sparked everyone’s interest was the acting class’s rendition of “The Dating Game.”
HLCCTL students KhaVaughn Love, Nicholas Molten, Tyreek Elum, Daquan Richardson, and Aisha Sisco performed the hilarious skit, along with class instructor Mr. Larry McKenna. The acting class, which is held every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., wrote the original skit. An additional highlight for the night was Chef Chiwishi’s culinary arts class. During the ten-week cooking course, the culinary arts class studied the history of Caribbean food. Students learned the recipes and spices used to make some of the Caribbean’s most famous dishes such as jerk chicken and limeade, which they served to all of the guests during the Showcase.