Summer Exploration: New Experiences and Wild Encounters

Summer turned up the heat on adventures across the Mountain Plains as kids made memories while experiencing something new!

Out-of-School Time is a widely popular youth program at Mercy Housing that offers kids the opportunity to receive resources and support in a variety of ways. From homework help to healthy snacks, activities are focused on providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow, and above all – explore new things!

Activities are offered throughout the year with summer being a prime time to get outdoors. This summer did not disappoint as kids were able to participate in fun field trips that resulted in lots of smiles and new experiences for so many. Check out these highlights!

Malik Wilder, founder of Fishing for Hip Hop in Atlanta, offered up his time and talents, for a third year in a row, to introduce Mercy Housing kids to the art of fishing. With help from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, over 40 youth from four different Mercy Housing properties learned the basics of fishing, water safety, and outdoor skills.

Each child received their very own spin rod and reel, compliments of Colorado Parks and Wildlife! Also, one lucky attendee won a raffle and went home with a fly-fishing rod from Malik! Thank you to Malik, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, parent volunteers, and Mercy Housing staff for such a memorable day!

The Omaha Zoo gave kids from Crestview Village in Nebraska some wild encounters. Almost 20 youth enjoyed a day of fun with the animals while learning about their unique diets and habitats. The majority of youth had never been to the zoo so seeing many of earth’s creatures was a real treat for everyone!

The kids made custom tie-dyed shirts for the special outing – making every part of this adventure a real blast!