Mound TreeHouse

Mound TreeHouse is officially open! We have great volunteers and a great mission to bring hope to the community. TreeHouse is for all teenagers 12-18 grades 7-12. While we’ll start online, we’ll be in person as soon as the church council gives the go-ahead. Until then, we’ll be online from 6:30-7:45 every Monday. To participate, call & leave a message or text 612.293.7061 by 4:00 pm on Mondays to get the zoom link for each Monday at 6:30pm.

What is TreeHouse? Approximately 31% of teenagers across the country experience hopelessness according to the CDC. Behavior problems, issues at school, poor relationships, drug use, and mental illness are often a symptom of hopelessness. The pandemic has only extenuated these issues for teens. Many are experiencing social isolation, disruption in school, and ongoing uncertainty. Our community is no exception to these problems. TreeHouse is a safe place for teens, where they can receive mentoring, support, and build genuine relationships with peers and adults.

The Mound TreeHouse, housed at St John’s Lutheran Church, is on a mission to ensure that every teen knows that they are loveable, capable, and worthwhile, that they are loved without strings, and that they have a future.

We’ll be offering a few different programs at the Mound TreeHouse. The 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month will be Support group, and the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month will be Connect. Each program (at the start, this may change in the future), will be from 6:30-7:45 every week. Below you’ll find short descriptions of each. There is no cost to attend, however, some optional activities may have a cost associated with it. Since we are going to be exclusively online at the start, to get a zoom link, students/parents will need to call/text 612.293.7061 by 4:00pm on Mondays.

Support: A time when teens give voice to the struggles they’re facing and talk about what’s really going on in their lives. We start by hanging out, follow that with group time and a small lesson, then break into smaller support groups.
During these smaller support groups, teens check in with their group by saying their name, rating how their week is going, and naming at least three emotions they’ve felt over the past week. If they want to dive deeper into what caused those emotions, they’re given time to share with the group. This creates a space where teens feel safe sharing what’s going on in their lives and receive support from peers and adult leaders.

Connect: An opportunity to dig into the Bible and learn more about our God-given purpose. This program is designed to help teens develop the spiritual and personal life skills needed to grow into healthy young adults. Even though we’re talking about some deep subjects, Connect is also a time for teens to unwind and have fun.

Mentoring: When a teen joins TreeHouse, they have the opportunity to get connected with an adult leader who establishes a mentoring relationship with them. For many teens, this is their favorite TreeHouse program, since they get dedicated one-on-one time with a safe, caring adult. Mentors serve as a consistent presence and a voice of love in a teen’s life.

To learn more, contact Dan Berkiel at moundtreehouse@gmail.com or 612.293.7061.

Visit the TreeHouse website at: https://treehousehope.org.

And, feel free to follow Mound Treehouse on Instagram! @MoundTreehouse