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The ultimate transition!

News from the Director
Dear Friend,

Transitions are wonderful. On this school year's first day in the after school program, our resident scientist and Monday Program Volunteer Shelly brought in two monarch butterfly chrysalises. Two days later, on Wednesday, a ninth-grader eagerly sought my attention. The transformation was complete! A beautiful monarch butterfly had emerged from one of the cocoons. A group of us took our new friend outside and watched in awe as the creature tested its wings. Heavy and clumsy at first, but a master of flight within minutes. Transitions are wonderful.

A fabulous summer ended just two day ago. The leaves are changing. The days are shorter. Students are back to school. The KYC staff has seen several changes. I am wrapping up my third month as the KYC's Interim Executive Director. Pam Sweeney has settled into her new role as Development Director. We are thrilled to have welcomed Sue Valenti as our new Program Facilitator. Our Teen Director, Mara Michno is nearing the end of a parenting leave and we look forward to welcoming her back. Transitions are wonderful.

Do you remember your seventh grade locker combination? I do. It was 32-18-8. Why do I remember that all these years later? It's because I must have repeated, "32-18-8," in my head about 5,000 times on that first day of seventh grade. A forgotten locker combo was just one of countless fears accompanying the transition from familiar New Durham Elementary School to the vastness of Kingswood Regional Middle School. I did okay. I was so good at remembering my combo that I still remember it almost 20 years later! Another step in growing up. Transitions are wonderful.

Two years later, just as I was getting truly comfortable at KRMS, it was already time for another transition. When does it end? It doesn't. Transitions are wonderful. Hard, but wonderful.

High school and middle schoolers are amidst many great transitions. They are yesterday's children becoming tomorrow's young adults. Emotional and physical changes mark this important transition in their lives. All adolescents need the support of an entire community as they navigate this great transition. The KYC exists to provide an important piece of that vital support. We offer our community's teens a safe place to grow, learn, and engage positively with their peers. Students set goals and plan for their futures. We teach important life skills which foster independence. Substance misuse prevention is vital during this time of transition. New passions and interests are discovered and new friendships are forged. Transitions are wonderful.

The KYC supports our transitioning teens through several important programs. We just wrapped up a wonderful summer filled with weekly full-day programs. Our after-school program is now open each Monday through Thursday. BTAS! (Beyond the After School) programs are offered in the evening, during school vacations, and at other times when school is not in session. In January, the KYC launched a brand new individual mentoring program called Club 121! Club 121 consists of one-to-one (get it? 121!) mentoring services offered at KIngswood Regional Middle School by KYC staff members. We are very excited to continue these vital services and watch them grow. Transitions are wonderful.

Best Regards,
Zachary Porter
Interim Executive Director 

There are many ways a donation can help the KYC continue meeting the growing needs of our community's youth population. Our mission depends on your support. The KYC is a 501(c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

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Some of the KYC's staff and volunteers
Kevin Sanzenbacher 

Vice President 
Matt Lawlor 

Gregory Eldridge  
At Large 
Barbara Lobdell
Don Smith
Ellen Berry 
Gina Jewell 
Joe Faragher 
Kevin Van Brunt 
  Maria Found
 Martha Krause 
   Pete Llewellyn
Interim Executive Director 
Zachary Porter 
Development Director
Pam Sweeney

Teen Director 
Mara Michno  
Program Facilitator
Sue Valenti 

10th Annual Chili Challenge Fundraiser

The Kingswood Youth Center is pleased to thank our generous sponsors, donors, and all those who helped make the KYC's 10th Annual Milestone Chili Challenge fundraiser a success!

Congratulations to our winners! People's Choice:
Huck's Hoagies in 1st place, The Rotary Club of Wolfeboro in 2nd place and White Horse Addiction Center in 3rd place Judge's Choice: Brewster Lacrosse in 1st place, The Full Belli Deli in 2nd place, White Horse Addiction Center in 3rd place

Event Sponsors and Donors:
At the Inferno level:
Ballentine Partners, LLC, Carl and Sally Hesler, D.F. Richard Energy, Green Mountain Furniture, The Shops at Durgin Stables, The Wolfeboro Lions Club

'Milestone Sponsors' (10 consecutive years of support!)
Bly Farm, Brewster Academy, Butternuts,  Calico Graphics , Eldridge & Gillespie, P.C., F.L. Putnam Investment Management Co., J.C. Signs, Richard Neal Jr., DMD, The Shops at Durgin Stables, Wolfeboro Copy, Ship & More, Wolfetrap Grill & Rawbar

At the Caliente level:
Bayside Nail Salon, Gallagher's Plumbing and Heating, Huggins Hospital, Rotary Club of Wolfeboro, Sandra and Will Herman

At the Spicy level:
Community Landscape Company, Eastern Propane & Oil, Forest Pump & Filter Co., Garwoods Restaurant, Michael Pizette, Paul Schmidt, People's United Bank, PSI Molded Plastics New Hampshire, Inc., Village Green Landscaping, White Mountain Survey & Engineering, Inc., Wolfeboro Corner Store

At the Sizzlin' level:
All Earth, Ashton & Company, PA, Avery Insurance Agency, Back Bay Salon, Barbara Lobdell, Beckwith Builders, Black's Paper Store, Brad Jewell Construction, Bradley's Hardware, Camp Sentinel, DJ's Septic Pumping Svc., Doran Independent Insurance, Edward Jones Investments: Brian Laing,
El Centenario, Giguere Electric, Inc., Great Impressions Staging, Hawkeye Woodwrights, Headwall Construction, Heckman's Flooring, Huck's Hoagies, J.L. Sweeney Co, Inc., John J. Hammond, D.P.M., Law Offices of Kurt D. DeVylder PLLC, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Middleton Building Supply, North Main Café, Paul & Deb Zimmerman, Sager & Smith PLLC, Seabird Asian Cuisine, Shaun Berry, Shamrock Landscaping, Shirley Blabey, The Kingswood Press, Three Sisters' Country Store, William J Krause CPA, PC, Wolfeboro Chiropractic Office, Wolfeboro Pediatrics

At the Hot! Hot! level:
All About Kitchens, Allen Wayside Furniture, Antonucci Insurance Services, Inc., Back Bay Clothing, Benjamin T. Selle, DMD, Care Pharmacy,
Central Insurance Associates, East of Suez, Granite State Glass, Grey Shingles Camps, Johnson Paint & Wallpaper, Kalled Gallery, Knight Security Alarm Co., Kristy Gleason, The School of Golf, Linda's Flowers, Marie Yeager, Maxfield Real Estate, Penny Candy Shop, LLC, Ridings Electric, Seven Suns Crêperie, The Children's Center, Wolfeboro Eye Associates, Zachary Porter

Contributions to the Hot Pepper Auction:  
Anthony's Pizzeria, Baron's Major Brands, Bartlett Tree Experts, Beth Meyer, Camp Sentinel, HIS Cleaning Services, Jim Fleet, Karen Burnett-Kurie, La Boca Bakery, Richard Ayers, The Nordic Skier, Winnipesaukee Winery, Spider Web Gardens, LLC, Yoga 4 Life

Our chili teams:
Brewster Lacrosse, Camp Sentinel, Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, Full Belli Deli, Huck's Hoagies, Lakes Region Technology Center DECA, Rotary Club of Wolfeboro, White Horse Addiction Center, Yum Yum Shop

Others who made this event a success:
Andy O'Shaughnessy,  Bailey Kinney , Barbara Lobdell , Brad Peluso , Brewster Academy, Bruce Sawyer, David Armour, Diane Thayer, Don Smith, Donovan Eldridge, Ellen Berry , Gina Jewell, Gregory Eldridge , Jaclyn Smith, Jim Fleet, Joe Faragher , John Sweeney, Katy Foedermair, Kevin Sanzenbacher , Kevin Van Brunt, Maddie Poliquin , Maria Found , Marshall Stansbury, Martha Krause, Matt Lawlor , Michaela Poliquin,  Peter Llewellyn , Rita Verge , Rob Verge , Shaun Berry,  Shelly McGee, Thursty Water Systems, Vivian Isaacson, The many patrons who purchased tickets and/or participated in the Hot Pepper Silent Auction.
With heartfelt thanks,
Everyone at the Kingswood Youth Center
The 10th Annual Milestone Chili Challenge was one of the KYC's best fundraisers ever!  Thank you to the many folks who helped make it a success!

Some of our talented and generous chili teams!  Thank you!
"The Hot Pepper Silent Auction" was a huge success!  

Needless to say, our participants were excited to get involved in this important event!

Another big congrats to our People's Choice first prize winner, Huck's Hoagies!

Two Milestones This School Year!  This calls for a celebration...and you're invited!
Did you know that we have two milestones to celebrate this school year?  October marks the 10-year anniversary of the grand opening our our Center Street location.  May marks the 20-year anniversary of our services to local youth!

Please join us on October 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, at the KYC for an anniversary celebration!  
Dear Friend,
You are cordially invited to the Kingswood Youth Center's (KYC) celebration honoring ten years in our beautiful Center Street location. The celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the KYC. The evening will consist of a brief presentation around 6:20 PM, light refreshments, various exhibits showcasing the KYC's history and programs, and socializing with friends. We are inviting many community stakeholders including youth participants, volunteers, board members, families, donors, and other supporters to celebrate with us.
The establishment of our Center Street facility and our many programs offered to local youth are culminations of the hard work of many community-minded groups and individuals. This event will be a celebration of 10 years of success at our home on Center Street and a thank you to our community stakeholders for keeping our youth so close to your hearts.
If you have questions about the KYC's programs or to RSVP for this event, please contact Zachary Porter, Interim Executive Director at (603) 569-5949 or
Thank you so much for being a fine supporter and a dear friend of the KYC. Your high regard for our community's youth has made a difference in many lives.
The KYC Board, Staff, Volunteers, and Youth Members

Summer Programs 2019!

Each week throughout the summer we offered a full day of programs! 
 We used wood burners to create signs for the Food Pantry Garden!  This service project was followed up by a home-made lunch and an afternoon at the beach!    
Youth Centers Unite!  We joined the Pittsfield Youth Workshop for a hike to Pine Mountain in Alton and a picnic, games, and a swim in Alton Bay.

We enjoyed a group ride on our fleet of bicycles.  Following the ride, we paid a visit to The Rotary Club of Wolfeboro.  The KYC was founded by the Rotary Club  in 1999!

Rain, rain, its okay, a little rain won't wreck our day!  A rainy day was a perfect day to enjoy all of the fun and learning availble right here at the KYC!  

A group of us took a tour of Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, NH!

We took a trip to the sea coast to swim with Chucky Rosa of Chucky's Fight!  Rosa swims in the ocean every single day (that's right, all winter long!).  His devoted tradition is observed in the name of substance misuse prevention.  Chucky's Fight is committed to keeping teens safe and substance free.  One day in July, the KYC joined him for his daily dip!  

We took a trip to the Libby Museum for a live animal show and the Libby's many facinating exhibitis!  

and...we did so much more.  Thank you to everyone who helped make an amazing summer of fun and learning possible!  
A school year off to a great start!
We are thrilled to be back at it in our after-school and BTAS! (beyond the after school) programs!

We worked together to create home-made baked goods to sell at our Chili Challenge Fundraiser.  These student-made treats were very popular at the 10th Annual Chili Challenge!

We offered a trip to the Wright Museum.  We are so lucky to have this great resource right down the road from our Center!  

One busy afternoon a team of us worked together to build compost bins for the Food Pantry Garden.  Nice work team!

Science with Shelly!  It's great to be back at it with our many great volunteers and mainstay programs!  Table tennis with Mallory, prevention with Eric, Life Skills with Estelle...and so much more to come!

A great summer is behind us and we're back for another school year!  Transitions are wonderful!

There are many ways to get involved with the KYC

~ Volunteer weekly in our after-school program
~ Volunteer to teach a skill or lead an activity
~ Donate clothing for 12-18 year olds
~ Donate food, gift cards, art supplies, etc.
~ Sponsor us monetarily
~ Help with grounds-keeping 

The KYC is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Therefore, your donation is tax deductible.
  Kingswood Youth Center | 603-569-5949 | 
565 Center St. Wolfeboro, NH. 03894 | PO BOX 697 Wolfeboro Falls, NH. 03896