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The month of April is Earth month, with Earth Day being, Thursday, April 22nd. Globally, this year’s theme is Restore the Earth!

On Tuesday, April 13th, Teens With A Purpose’s H.I.P. terns, along with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be planting 13 trees in our Safe, Space Community Garden (Purpose Park)including peach, fig & magnolia trees.CHECK OUT THESE OTHER APRIL EVENTSImmortALL“Let Your Words Live Forever!”TWP Poetry & Performance SeasonFebruary – April 2021
Teen Showcase – Wednesday, April 7th, 3pm- 4:30pm including performances from Immortal Participants and Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate candidates hosted by The Wells Theatre, Norfolk
Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate Judging (HRYPL) & Performances April 9th, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Hosted by the Zeiders American Dream Theater
ImmortALL Finale Event & Announcement of 2021 HRYPL with performances April 17th, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Hosted by Schola Theatre Virginia Beach
Events will be live-streamed on Social Media
Watch on YouTube LIVEGet your FREE Tickets to ImmortallWith a legacy of environmental injustice still continuing to plague marginalized communities like ours across the country, Teens With a Purpose created a safe creative community space garden in reply. TWP Youth Poets write and perform as features in the stand-up comedy “Ain’t Your Mama’s Heat Wave” produced by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100%, which is filmed at Norfolk’s Attucks Theatre. This stand-up exposes the truth about the #climatecrisis through comedy.HYDRO-DIPPINGDuring Spring Break teens create hydro-dipped vases guided by visual artists ChaVonne Whistonant. These vases are produced as part of The Herban Project, TWP’s project where teens partner with local restaurant, “Commune” in Norfolk to provide flowers, herbs and produce. The individually decorated vases will become table centerpieces replenished regularly with fresh flowers from the garden at Purpose Park. Proceeds will benefit the teens who maintain the garden.  
Teens With a Purpose and Norfolk’s Sacred TreesSix teens spent Thursday morning with Professor Jeff Kirwan, elder endigenous tribe members, emeritus and forestry Extension specialist in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and early afternoon with Stromberg Garrigan & Associates (SGA) and the St. Paul’s Transformation Office during spring break learning the history, legends and importance of local trees then participated in a tree survey to assist with planning efforts for the 26-acre ‘blue-greenway’ resilience park that will protect the future community from flooding and offer recreational opportunities. “Preserving and incorporating existing trees into the redevelopment is a priority of the project” says Dr. Susan Perry – City of Norfolk.PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Monday – Thursday 7am-3pmPurpose Place – Youth come to VCM Teen Center and receive educational support and mentorship throughout their virtual learning day. 
Monday – Thursday 3pm-5pm
Teen Gatherings – For Purpose Place Participants. Make new friends, develop your talents, become a leader. Join TWP each Monday for this free gathering. Participants receive incentives for volunteerism and community edutainment.
Monday  Youth Circle – Circle conversation, meal, music, games and interactive activities
TuesdayJust Aart is an arts and technology component of TWP. Learn to create positive music, rap, poetry and videos as both a performer and the engineer behind the technology that makes it all happen. Create – Visual Arts projects, mural art and more!
Wednesday HealthE Living Move your body with Yoga, dance, cycling and fitness workouts. Field trips to Parks and other local destinations.
Thursday Teens get H.I.P to plant care, urban gardening and more through the Horticultural Internship Program. Now excepting 
757 Teen Connect Radio Show Production – Teen broadcasters and journalists create a show for teens, by teens
Saturday YOGA for Everybody Movement and Yoga for beginners 10:30am-11:15am
Teens get H.I.P to plant care, urban gardening and more through the Horticultural Internship Program 9am-12pmContact UsTWP Pop-Up ShopConnect with us ‌  ‌