When you’ve been touched by our apple, you develop a voice and notice brief changes within your environment. You begin to witness hope among young people who visit our bowls of apples. Our program has developed seeds of hope. The atmosphere changes and you can’t help but share your story with the people around you …
I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate Adams Apples here at Kingswood Elementary in Richmond. We use it a bit differently than the high schools do. There is a bowl in my office and we rotate that bowl to our counsellor, and our ECSW worker. When students come into my office to problem solve they are always offered an apple and this always seems to reassure and calm them and it helps generate relaxed conversation. Our counsellor finds the same thing when she is in the school working with our students. Our Elementary Counsellor Support Worker uses the Adams Apple bowl when she comes in on Wednesdays as well. Students will also ask me for an apple at recess or lunch time and they usually come with a friend to share an apple and recess conversation. On the few weeks where apples were not available I would get barraged by students asking me “Mr. Manning, where are the apples?” Adams Apples has been a great program to help promote conversation, understanding and friendship here at Kingswood. Sincerely, Ron.
Ron Manning, Principal
Kingswood Elementary, Richmond BC
The AAF has provided a safe and positive place for our students to go to. We have hundreds of students coming in to the Windermere Community Programs room each week to have a healthy snack and relax with their peers. It creates an atmosphere that is unlike any other. The moment the apples are delivered, you will hear the students talk about Adams Apples. The news spreads like wild fire, and before you know it, we have a line of over 20 students waiting to grab an apple to keep them energized for the rest of the day! Adam’s Apples is not just a place for students to eat and chat, it is a place where they meet new friends that they would otherwise not have met if they were to go about their daily routine. The students really appreciate the apples and it always brings a smile when a second apple is delivered to an unsuspecting friend. Thank you so much for having us be a part of the AAF!
Windermere Community Schools Team Programmer
There will always be the Quiet Ones. So much of what happens in schools focuses on those who hug the veneer of confidence, social ease and ready banter. But our hallways are actually filled with those who may prefer to keep to themselves or feel destined to do so. Adam’s Apples has provided daily solace for one such young person who has not found it easy to chat with or befriend others. The Adam’s Apples bowl in The Study is a place of refuge where he has chosen to go, to check in with the teacher, and even to connect with other students. He no longer walks alone, he appreciates that he is cared for, and, in turn, he now reaches out and cares for others. The seeds of hope have unlooked much inside him and he is not only healthier for the apples he has eaten, but happier for his deeper sense of belonging. Thank you Adam’s Apples.
Senior School Counsellor
West Point Grey Academy
As [a] community centre Youth Worker I am a firm believer that food brings people together. So, when we introduce the Adam’s Apple program to youth that we work along with at the centre, they instantly fell in love with it and it gave us a chance to build connections as well as build relationships because it gave them the confidence to trust us. The apples are not only delicious, but they also symbolize “welcome” since that is what our teens recognize when they walk into our youth room.
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
I’d like you to know that Adam’s Apples has been greeted with great enthusiasm by our students. Yesterday I arrived in the Counselling suite after my class to find a group of my grade 11 students talking around one of the tables. I assumed that they were there to see me with questions about course planning but it turns out that they were there to connect — eating apples and chatting away about all manner of subjects, including the assembly. One girl summed it up very well: “it was very sad and yet they’ve created something really good.” Another student offered to help if I needed any assistance to move the apples, stock the bowl, “advertise” etc.
As it turns out we won’t need to advertise – many students stopped by to see and share Adam’s apples – we’re down to our last bowl!
Thank you again for the excellent (and evidently effective) introduction of Adam’s apples to Point Grey. We’re already looking forward to next week’s delivery!
Janice M. Sim
Grade 11 Counsellor
Point Grey Secondary School
One day, I noticed that a teenager who regularly visits the community centre under the influence of a substance. Staff explained to him that he could not be in the facility in this state and that he needed to leave for the evening but was welcomed back. I knew he felt embarrassed but kids look up to him here. I wanted him to know that.
He returned (completely sober) and I knew he felt uncomfortable because of had occurred. But, he still nodded and put up a peace sign to greet me. I did the same.
I was working in the office later that day and he knocked on my office door. I asked him to come in and he said “hey, do you mind if I take an apple?” I knew he wanted to connect and talk to me to rekindle our professional relationship – to in a way, thank me. If the bowl of apples wasn’t there, I know he wouldn’t have come in to say hi (to connect) to receive support.
Young people make many choices and many times they make the wrong choices and can go down the wrong path. It’s important for us youth workers to connect and build healthy relationships with youth to help guide them, empower and give them the tools for them to make the right choice for themselves. The Apple Program helps us connect with youth to discuss topics that youth are currently facing every day in their lives.
Community Youth Worker
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
The Adam’s Apples (AAF) program has been the perfect addition to our community centre’s teen/senior space (nicknamed the teenior space). Not only has the program helped connect youth with youth, the program has also served as a media to connect youth with seniors.
During lunch a small group of high school students came over to the teenior centre to grab an apple and eat lunch. A pair of mandarin speaking seniors were also in the space. The seniors were able to connect with one of the youth – who spoke mandarin. The young mandarin speaking student was able to give a brief introduction to the space and answer a few questions asked by the seniors – including one about the apples and their purpose. He explained that they are for `sharing`. During this encounter our AAF display help[ed] serve as a conversational spark – leading to a cross-generational connection. It was a lovely encounter to witness.
Youth Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Wesbrook Community Centre
Our program and kids can not be more grateful for the apples we receive every week. We have to manage our own snacks that we provide each student every day after school, where we can only give one snack per student – and they are always hungry again shortly after as our snacks are not always the most nutrient dense or rich in fiber. They know that if they want any more food they are welcome to have as many apples as they like during the program – and they often take advantage of the generous offer. Many kids routinely have more than one apple during the program, and if I forget about the apples they surely let me know about my forgetfulness.
The apples are a staple to our program and to our kids health and wellness….
Community Schools Program Worker
Holly Elementary School
We aren’t one of the schools that don’t go through them. We are usually out by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. All of the kids in the school know myself and my co-worker have them so they daily stop by for a chat and an apple. Some more than one time a day. They are a HUGE HIT.
Child and Youth Care Worker
Prince Charles Elementary School
Face of Today is a proud supporter of Adam’s Apples Foundation. We are big believers of the ‘Pay it Forward’ mentality. Adam’s Apples has that concept. ‘Take an apple, give an apple.’ That instills courage in kids to engage in discussion and branch out. Without realizing it the concept of Adam’s Apples has the potential to build future leaders. It takes one conversation with a stranger to make a difference in someone’s life. Knowing Adam he was an exceptionally gregarious, warm and loving guy. Being able to support a cause in his honour but also engaging youth and providing education is critical. Life is short and Adam’s Apples has the potential to impact lives and create change in our schools and our community.
Face of Today
Face of Today
Attached to the Lord Strathcona Community Center one of the biggest Inner-City School at Strathcona Community Center the ‘Learning Still Continues’!! Many of our children come from low income families and one of the biggest social challenges our children face is hunger. For boys and girls to perform in sports and games, focus on arts and music, and positively interact and engage with their peers they need sustenance to participate. By providing our children with a healthy snack like an ‘Adam’s Apple’ it’s not just filling their bellies it’s educating them about eating fresh produce instead of junk food. Adam’s Apples not only provides a nutritious snack, it’s a positive experience for a child who may not be having a good day! By keeping our children happy and safe after school they bring this positive attitude back to their classroom!!
Community Recreation Director
Strathcona Community Center
The work that Adam’s Apples is doing is key to engage youth to continue the conversation around mental health issues. Knowing and caring how your friends and family are doing is how we can all help each other everyday. Together we will make that so needed difference.
Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation
I feel like the Core Connectors program will be so helpful for any teenagers futures in so many ways. Firstly, helpful for friendships. Noticing those that are quietly struggling is definitely something that really stood out to me during my course. I think these skills could be taught to anyone so that kids don’t fall through the cracks and it’s not just adults noticing peers are as well. Secondly, I didn’t realize how many kids were going through such tough situations. My empathy has grown enormously through Core Connectors.
Grade 11 Student
West Point Grey Academy
The concept of Adam’s Apples is pretty cool. It is going to provide an adjunct service that I don’t think exists right now. I see Adam’s Apples as a wonderful opportunity to provide more than just knowledge but some concrete, practical on the ground service to youth all over the Province not just on the East Side or West Side of Vancouver.
Dr. Jake Locke
B.C. Children’s Hospital
I am happy about Adam’s Apples in our school because you might be able to make a new friend there. It is good because if you had an empty tummy you could have an apple!
Grade 3 Student
Laurier Elementary School