Hours of Operation and Contact Information
Monday - Thursday, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Every other Friday, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Boys and Girls Programs)
Monday - Thursday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
122 Rosehill Ave.
West Grove, PA 19390
Kristin Proto: Executive Director
Sarah Daniels: Development Director
Bill Rose: West Grove Center Director
Eva Carrasco: Academic Program Coordinator
Jeremy Peterson: Boy's Program and Community Service Coordinator
Murphy McArdle: Volunteer and Mentor Coordinator
Homework Help and Academic Enrichment
The Garage in West Grove focuses on academic assistance and enrichment activities for students to grow in their learning. Homework happens each day from 3:00-4:00pm and enrichment from 4:00-5:00pm. The Garage provides free tutoring and homework help as well as access to a computer lab with free internet access and printing.
The Bean Cafe
The Bean Cafe is fully operational cafe within The West Grove Garage that allows students to purchase cafe items with points earned through homework completion, participation in enrichment activities, and/or community outreach. Students also gain valuable work experience as they manage or support cafe operations.
We encourage students to experience a nurturing one-on-one relationship with an adult mentor and the extra support and opportunities that relationship brings. Students and mentors alike benefit from the meaningful connections built over homework, pizza dinners or sports events.
Students can play pool, foosball or skeeball, check their email or grab a snack and hang out with friends and mentors. In addition, Garage staff regularly organize games of soccer, basketball or football at West Grove's local park.
Boys Program supports the holistic development of middle and high school boys through creating a network of influential male role models. The program provides an engaging forum for our boys to discuss critical topics, build positive community, and form impacting relationships with male role models through monthly activities and workshops.
Girls Programming empowers middle and high school girls to make positive life decisions. Through discussion groups, workshops, and guest speakers, teenage girls explore topics critical to their life stage: healthy relationships, self-esteem, gender expectations and much more. They also participate in activities that equip them vocationally and educationally, such as career workshops, mock interviews and college visits.
Whether for graduation projects, honor society, or court requirements, The Garage offers community service opportunities for middle and high school students. Service is a core value at The Garage and we make every effort to help students develop a love for serving their friends and community. Dozens of students volunteer with Good Neighbors Home Repair, Kennett Friends Home, The Kennett Clothing Closet, The Kennett Food Cupboard, and The Melton Center in addition to numerous other service opportunities to our community.
The Garage Career Compass is a program for youth between the ages of 14-19, which combines a summer-long (8 week) service placement with a challenging life and leadership skills development curriculum. Youth are placed individually or in pair of two at Host Sites, where they participate in part-time, meaningful direct-service activities, which are to be specific and identifiable with measurable outcomes, address a community need and provide a direct benefit to the community and to Host Sites. Youth serve three or four days a week, Monday through Wednesday, for 8 weeks, June through August. Service hours are generally 8am or 9am – 2pm or 3pm.
Throughout the summer, youth also take part in extensive life and leadership skill building seminars, in which local, expert practitioners and staff present workshops. In addition, they participate in team and community building activities and engage in service reflection activities, all designed to provide valuable skills and support their healthy and positive development. Although Career Compass is a short-term program, our goal is to equip youth with transferable life and work-readiness, and leadership skills along with the knowledge to actively support their community. Employers in the greater Kennett Square Area make this program possible by volunteering to serve as Host Sites, providing structured job opportunities and a supervisor to mentor youth during the summer, and/or subsidizing the cost of wages for Career Compass participants.
Padres por Padres
This program meets at the Garage at 6:00PM every Thursday evening. This program unites parents of the Latino/Hispanic community and engages them in discussion on relevant topics, laws, and available resources that strengthen their families and communities.
The Garage in West Grove is open to the community for various evening and weekend programs, including:
- Sunday evenings for Boy Scouts
- Bimonthly concerts on Friday evenings
- Regular movie nights for high school youth
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