Go-karts at Fiesta Fun…
Go Karting is fun, it’s always a fun time.
My competitiveness kicks in every time I get on the track and every time I lose, I am always re-motivated to keep losing weight so my go kart will go faster and I will one day beat my friends here at TechieForLife.
-Carlos, TFL student
One of our favorite activities here at TFL is to head out to the open land for target practice.
Hunter, currently in an apprenticeship with Justin Sip Custom Guns. He has developed a very strong love and passion for guns and therefore is always willing to share that with us here.
Hunter owns many guns and takes the time to teach the students proper gun safety as well as unique tips about each gun.
This trip we had the opportunity to shoot: AK 47, Luger, Desert Eagle, Bolt Actions, and shot guns. We had targets to practice on as well as clay pigeons.
-Brittani, TFL Assistant Program Director
Carlos Voted Student of the Week
At TFL’s weekly Student Committee lunch meeting, we vote on a new student of the week:
“Carlos has always been a great friend to me as well as the other students.”
“Carlos has started a new path. After getting a foundation in coding he decided to pursue a course a as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA.) Carlos loves psychology and cares deeply about people and always strives to do his best.”
“Carlos has always been very kind to me and really funny.”
“Carlos helped me do the dishes the other day when my cooking partner was gone.”
The students were able to attend Salt Lake City’s FanX expo where they met many different characters from different games and shows.
Some were even lucky enough to meet a movie star!
It’s fun to see all the students different likes and interests when it comes to gaming, anime, etc…
-Eric, TFL Mentor
Classes have started once again at TFL, and it is getting busy around here.
Since the beginning of August, we have had three new students, one student graduate the program, and we just completed our annual Moab River trip.
This semester is going to be challenging but we are up for it!
In addition to our students who are taking classes at TFL, we also have three students who will be taking classes at DSU this semester.
Another student is still very involved in his apprenticeship gun smithing, and two additional students just begun or will be starting their apprenticeships this next week at GlitchBusters and BusyBusy.
As always, we are very proud of all of our students and the support we receive from parents, guardians, our mentors, and Educational Consultants.
TechieForLife wouldn’t be the same without each of you!
—Kristin, Program Director
One of the most rewarding parts of working in this environment is being able to build real, meaningful relationships with our students.
We are all “equals but with different responsibilities” (and age as they remind me often).
We get to interact like a real family to practice relationship skills.
That means butting heads a little, getting our feelings hurt and having real conflicts.
But those things are balanced by the growth, connection and enjoyment that comes from attachment in our relationships.
Success and appreciation from resolving conflicts and seeing the hard times through to the good times makes it all worth it.
I want to share some of my favorite times lately:
- Dave cracking a really dry joke
- Teasing Dylan so strait faced that it takes him a minute to smile.
- Amber’s proud face as she presents a finished design.
- Eric walking slowly by my door hoping I’ll call him in to chat.
- Lee calling to say he got his first job ever.
- Watching Dallin coming back from college tired and looking accomplished.
- Seeing Carlos sitting with feedback and saying, “I want to get better at that”.
- Joseph half-trying to act cold and indifferent as he supports another student who struggles.
- Kyler sharing something on the web to make everyone laugh.
These show some of their best sides, their redeeming qualities.
We get to experience these along with the hard stuff.
We know that parents and grandparents are missing out on it, but only temporarily.
To our student’s families and sponsors I would say that these young adults are at TFL to become who they are meant to be so that they can come back to you better.
But while they are here they will be cherished as long as we have the privilege to do so.
-Jason, TFL Executive Director