Thursday, June 07, 2007

LTSP presents unique summer learning program for children – “Kids’ College at the Sem”

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Kids’ College at the Sem is a three-week program starting July 9, 2007, that will give youth beginning grades 5 – 9 in September experiences in entrepreneurship, career self-exploration and hands-on experience in architecture and interior design. Kids’ College will expose area children to academic and vocational opportunities that will contribute to their education and broaden their cultural knowledge and talents. Participants can register for one, two or all three weeks.

Classes each week will run from 9:00 am to noon. The first week, July 9 –13, will be taught by The Business Center on Youth Entrepreneurship. The second week, July 16-20, will focus on career and self-exploration taught by Career Consciousness. The third week, July 23-27, will provide a hands-on experience learning about architecture and interior design as taught by Philadelphia University. Each week-long course costs $60 per child. Register online at or by mail: Kids College at LTSP, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. For more information, contact Terri Youngblut at 215-248-7313 or Space is limited so register early.

Kids’ College at the Sem is modeled on a successful program run by Ohio State University, Marion, Ohio. The program at LTSP brings together local institutions in one central Mt. Airy location. Kids’ College at the Sem allows children, families, community organizations, and academic institutions to work together to raise healthy, happy, and employable future generations.

Through a generous grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, LTSP is able to channel additional resources to support local non-profit organizations. This initiative, Freed to Serve our Neighbor, is a coordinated effort to pool resources and greatly expand involvement directed at helping the Northwest Philadelphia community. As coordinating institution for Kids’ College at the Sem, LTSP brings together resources already in the neighborhood to create a program that will make a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors in concrete ways, providing resources for families’ emotional and financial health, and contributing to improved education for children.

As part of the Freed to Serve our Neighbor initiative, this year Kids’ College at the Sem classes will be taught by two local businesses, The Business Center and Career Consciousness, and a local institute of higher education, Philadelphia University. While each class can be taken individually, all three will broaden career possibilities for the children. For example, a student may discover he or she has a “green thumb,” decide to start a business growing flowers, fruits or vegetables with classmates as a school fundraiser, while another student can design and build a stand to sell the flowers or produce.

LTSP (, one of eight schools of its kind in the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (, is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. LTSP awards first professional and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 16 other faith backgrounds, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

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