Youth Programs Fall Winter Newsletter


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Youth Programs Fall Winter Newsletter

  1. 1. Youth Center, 10788 Chapel Drive, (315) 772-6719 Issue 1, Fall-Winter, 2013 Fort Drum Youth named New York’s Military Youth of the Year Every year the Boys and Girls Clubs of America hosts a competition to choose the Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year program is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, poise and public speaking ability. This is the first year that the Military Youth of the Year will be added to the Boys and Girls Clubs program line up. Ms. Elizabeth Kolodgy, 18, Daughter of Msgt. John Kolodgy has earned the title of New York State’s Military Youth of the Year for 2013. On May 19, 2013, Elizabeth traveled to Albany, NY to compete in the State wide competition. Elizabeth Kolodgy, New York State Military Youth of the Year, Meeting Assemblyman Blackenbush at the Youth of the Year Competition. After winning the New York State Military youth of the year competition, Beth was able to travel to the Northeast Regional Youth of the Year competition in New York City. She was able to meet youth from all over the region as well as several representatives from BGCA. This year, the program will be bigger than ever! Youth will meet weekly with an advisor to prepare materials, speak at events to practice public speaking, and be an active part in their community. If you would like to participate please stop by the Youth Center! In This Issue School is in session! Do you have a plan for how you are going to succeed? Did you know you can get FREE homework help in the YC Learning lab? Every day from 2:30-5:30 there is an experienced staff member available to help you with all your homework needs! We even have games and prizes during power hour from 3:004:00. Stop by for SAT prep, Regent prep, help studying for your drivers exam, college essays, bringing up your grades, or anything else you need! 2 Staff Spotlight 2 Haunted House 2 Holiday Events 3 Midnight Sports Report 3 Rhythms 3 Youth Speak Out Homework help and test prep available! Parent advisory council 4 Upcoming Clubs 5 Upcoming Events 3 Club Report 6 Keystone and Torch 6
  2. 2. Page 2 Parent Advisory Council The Youth Program’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) provides guidance and support to the Program Manager and Youth Staff to ensure programs and activities are meeting the needs and expectations of the community. The Parent Advisory Council serves as a liaison between the program and the community in order to raise awareness of our program and increase participation. Participating in PAC is a great way to have an impact on our community, learn about our programs, and make friends in the process. We meet the fourth Tuesday of every month. We had a kick off event September 24th to welcome new members! If you are interested in participating in future meetings please give us a call to sign up! The “Six Pillars of Character” integrated into the Youth Center programs provide a strong foundation to help build youth of good character. STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mr. Joe is our New Tech Lab Lead! The Youth Center Welcomes a New Technology Lab Lead, Mr. Joe! Mr. Joe has a background in technology, including having a Masters Degree in the field! He joins us after working in the Watertown School District for several years and is excited to be developing new programs in the Lab. You can look forward to Photography Club, Photoshop editing, Video Editing, Smart Board Games, and much more. Plus he is available to help you with any homework you need to complete on the computer. Stop by the Technology Lab to see what’s happening! Haunted House and Halloween Ball Coming in October! Every year Youth Programs puts on a haunted house at Remington Park. The Haunted House is open to the Public and is a great way to have some spooky Halloween fun! This year, we will asking youth, parents, and community volunteers to help set up and organize the event. We are also looking for ideas to make this the best year ever for this popular event! Youth can sign up at the front desk if they are interested in volunteering, and parents can call if they would like to be involved. If you can’t volunteer, at least make sure to stop by on October 25th to participate in this awesome event! This year we also have a Halloween Ball on October 31st, 6-9 PM. $3 for members in costume; $5 for members not in costume, and nonmembers. Come have a ball dancing, no tricks but treats will be provided. Prizes awarded for best costumes.
  3. 3. Page 3 Help needed for Holiday Events The Youth Center is Home to several excellent holiday Events! Every year we host the holiday tree lighting reception. Much help is needed from volunteers to run crafts, snacks, and to assist with set up. This event is open to families of all ages from Fort Drum! This years event will be held 10 December at the Commons. Youth can also look forward to a Holiday Party on December 21st. We will celebrate Holidays from all over the world, sample foods, dance, and have a great time! This event is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. This year we will host our New Years Eve Party on 31 December. Youth are encouraged to come celebrate the New Year with food, fun, and friends! The event starts at 8PM and we ring in the new year at midnight. Breakfast is then served and the event ends at 1AM. The cost of the event is $10 Per person or $16 per couple. Midnight Sports Report Midnight sports has always been one of the biggest events at the Youth Center. Our youth have spoken up and told us that they want something a little different for the next few sessions–sports other than basketball! Midnight sports started September 13th with basketball from 8PMmidnight. On October 11th we will have a volleyball tournament with extra special prizes for the winning team. Midnight basketball will return November 15th. We plan on having an array of games including capture the flag. Keep an eye on the schedule as the sport for December 13th will be announced later. We know the price has gone up but we will be providing better food and better prizes. All Midnight Sports are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. We always have food, music, and prizes for participants! New Jams in the Rhythms Room! Since we moved into our beautiful new building, the Rhythms Room has always been a bit of a mystery. We are now proud to announce we have a new staff member, Mr. Harrison, who will be running excellent new programs in that room. Mr. Harrison went to Berkley College of Music and is able to play drums, guitar, piano, and is well versed in music production. Mr. Harrison has worked at other Youth Centers including Sembach, Germany and he is very excited to join our team! You can look forward to music instruction, open recording booth, and DJ Club! Stop by the Rhythms room for more information!
  4. 4. Page 4 Youth Speak: What is your favorite YC Activity? “ I like Torch Club because we help our community,” “I like the rock wall because you can climb with your friends,” “I like hanging out with my friends in the teen lounge,” -Amari Snyder – Madison Staples - Miguel Figueroa “My favorite is Midnight sports because I like the competition” “I like to come play basketball,” - Malik Dampier - Alvin Dejesus
  5. 5. Page 5 Upcoming YC Clubs: There’s so much going on at the Youth Center now that school is in session! Here’s a rundown of our upcoming clubs: 5:00 PM. Register by December, 6th. Keystone Club: First and third Wednesday at 5:00 (High School community service club) Ladies Zumba: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30PM Torch Club: First and third Thursday at 4:30 (Middle School community service) Diploma to Degree: Tuesdays 5:00 PM Smart Girls: Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 PM September 18 - November 13 Register by September 6th Conflict Resolution: September 20th, October 30th, November 18th, & December 12th at 5PM. Youth of The Year: Thursdays, September 5th-November 14th 5:00 PM. Everybody Zumba: Fridays 5:00-6:00 PM Cooking Club 201: Ethnic Observance: Hispanic: September 20th-October 9th, Mondays and Wednesdays 3:305:00. Register by September 18th Native American Cooking: November 13th-22nd, Wednesdays and Fridays 3:30-5:00. Register by November 1st Cooking Club 202: Cake Decorating December 18th, 19th, & 20th 3:00- Ladies Zumba Upcoming YC Events:  Middle School Dance – September 28th, 7-10 PM  Middle School Dance – October 4th, 7-10 PM  Teen Lock-In: October 18th-19th, 8 PM-8 AM  Karaoke: October 5th, 5-7 PM  Midnight Sports: October 11th, 8 PM-12 AM  Line Dance Party: October 26th, 4-7 PM  Halloween Ball: Oct 31th, 6-9 PM  Skate Jam: November 2nd, 3-6 PM  Middle School Dance: November 8th, 7-10 PM  November 15th, Midnight Sports  3 on 3 Basketball: November 16th, 2-6 PM  Holiday Crafts: November 23rd, 2-5 PM  Native American Heritage Event: November 22nd, 5-7PM  December 13th, Midnight Sports  Gingerbread House Contest: December 14th, 3-5 PM  Holiday Party, December 21st 4-7 PM  Holiday Crafts: December 23rd, 2-5 PM  Snow Sculpture Contest: Dec. 28 24pm  New Years Eve Party: Dec. 31, time TBA
  6. 6. Youth Center, 10788 Chapel Drive, Ft. Drum, NY 13602 Youth Programs The Youth Center is a FREE program for all youth whose parents work on Fort Drum – Active Duty or civilian. Please stop by or give us a call to register! Youth Spotlight: Gabrielle Belles (315) 772-6719 We are proud to see all that Gabby has done in our community and look forward to seeing great things in her future! Find us on Facebook: Fort Drum CYSS Youth The Youth Center offers a FREE USDA approved meal and snack daily. Gabrielle Belles is a very active member of our community. She is President of Keystone club and participates in several afterschool programs including Cooking Club, SMART Girls, and Youth of the Year. Gabby recently won Boys and Girls Club Artist of the Month. Her artwork was chosen from art submitted from youth all over the country! Gabrielle Belles along with her artwork based on the theme, Alexandra Steele, Kendra Helms, and Antonio Bell Keystone and Torch Report! Keystone and Torch Club are two of our most popular clubs at the Youth Center. Both clubs are geared towards leadership and community service. Over the past few months, Keystone club has been very busy with a volunteer trip to Urban Mission, a food drive at the PX, and helping out around the Center. Torch Club has also been busy helping with a Middle School Dance, cooking snack, and volunteering at the Urban Mission. In the coming months, both clubs will be planning another community outreach event. Keystone will be very busy planning for a Teen Lock-In, and Torch will be planning our next Middle School Dance. Both clubs are a great way to be a part of the Community, gain leadership skills, and make new friends. New members are welcome any time! Keystone Club Officers: Torch Club Officers: President: Gabrielle Belles President: Adam Mitchell Vice President: Antonio Bell Vice President: Amari Snyder Secretary: Emily Moss Secretary: Aaliyah Holloway Treasurer: Ameire Bell Treasurer: Sara Hemminger