Enjoying Relationships

Relationships…One Of The Most Rewarding Parts Of Working In The Environment Here At TFL

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

New rock climber

A New Rock Climber Born…

Cambron often takes some of the students, especially Dallin, rock climbing.

They encouraged me to come along and try it, and

even though I was hesitant,

I decided to take them up on the offer a few weeks ago.

It was a little scary at first, but it was pretty fun.

It’s a great way to exercise, and it gave me a significant feeling of accomplishment when I got to the top of the climb.

I’ll definitely try it again. 

—Joseph, TFL student

"Wild Bunch" escapes...

“The Wild Bunch” Escapes…

We were named the, “The Wild Bunch” when we entered the escape room!

We had one hour to find Butch Cassidy’s gun

and we worked hard as a team solving puzzles,

using our nose to smell things and identify different scents,

we struggled with trying to figuring out anagrams

and unfortunately those anagrams held us back from finding Butch Cassidy’s gun

but we had a lot of fun working together.

It was fun to see how everyone’s brains worked so differently in the way they looked at the puzzles

but how each one contributed in helping us move closer and and closer to finding the gun.

— Brittani, TFL Mentor

Best TFL Activity EVER… According to Dave!

The best activity EVER in TFL:

Laser Tag.

I’m used to go to places and have devices that have variety ways; like making a nicknames, displaying who shot you, life points, etc.

In Lazer Mania, we wear a vest that comes with a name like Buzz, Ninja, Shadow, etc.; and a blaster that you have to hold with two hands.

It has a hidden button I didn’t know.

We’ve played variety game modes like Color Variation where the color of our vest are chosen by random, and we shoot the different ones until everyone’s the same; Capture the Flag —my favorite— where 2+ teams attempts to steal the opposing team’s flag; and Shadow where each player’s vest are darken, and are given missiles—which that’s what hidden button is used for.

Some had fun;

some didn’t and became sitting ducks.

Some can be—like Cam—a camper.

Sure it’s a “legitimate” strategy, but you can’t get more points that way.

I go for the strategy I follow when I played Doom: If you stand, you die.

I wish I have a set of black clothes so I could be hidden; like one vlog of a person who talked about a group who go to laser tag places called “Hunters.”

Of course, I won’t cheat like them, which is using strutter lights and electrical tapes to cover the sensors.   

Also, I wish some laser tag games to have a grenade-like device,

so I can take down the “CAMper.”

— Dave, TFL Student

TechieForLife Coding Ceremony Certificate

Certificate Ceremony For Tech Classes At TechieForLife

Back in December, TechieForLife held a certificate ceremony to wrap up the end of the semester.

Students received certificates once they had shown a foundation of literacy, skill, knowledge, and application in coding and design skill sets.

Our students have worked hard over the past semester and it was a great opportunity to recognize their hard work and success as they press forward in Coding and Design.