Happy Autumn! Check out our quarterly newsletter to see what's been going on at the KYC!

News from the Director
The Kingswood Youth Center (KYC) is off to a great start with amazing programs and 152 members to date! Since opening in September, the KYC kids are frequently seen traveling around in the KYC bus, visiting places such as the Lakes Region Humane Society, Albee Beach, The Nick Recreational Park, and Camp Sentinel.  Quite often they are enroute to one of the many local hiking trails, ablaze with color this time of year. They have also been learning the importance of volunteerism by helping out at KYC's annual Chili Challenge, working on the Wolfeboro Community Garden, and volunteering at the Brown's Ridge Farm.

The programs at KYC are designed to offer something for everyone with activities that include: cooking, arts and crafts, science, woodworking, music, recreation, nature and wildlife, and more. Having fun, socializing with friends and learning new things is what KYC is all about!
Teens are facing difficult times in New Hampshire today. The KYC staff provides support and encouragement for those that may be facing challenging life circumstances. I am proud to say that last year we offered 100 additional hours of programs, at no cost, for teens during that critical out-of-school time.  These programs were so successful, often times filling to capacity.  This year we are striving to keep our doors open an additional 125 hours to accommodate those that need a place to go between school and home.  
I appreciate the privilege of serving as Executive Director of an organization that offers so much to our local youth.
Pam Sweeney

KYC staff (L to R)
Mara Michno, Teen Director
Pam Sweeney, Executive Director
Zachary Porter, Associate Director
Barbara Lobdell

Vice President 
Matt Lawlor 

Gregory Eldridge  
Gina Jewell

At Large 
Lynn Hinchee
Maria Found   
Martha Krause 
Megan Marbury
Andy Shagoury 
Kevin Van Brunt 

Executive Director 
Pam Sweeney
Associate Director
Zachary Porter
Teen Director 
Mara Michno 

Click here to look at a fun blog post about the first week of our 2017/2018 Afterschool Progam!
KYC's 8th Annual Chili Challenge- A Great Success!
KYC hosted its 8th annual Chili Challenge fundraiser on September 30. This is our annual community fundraiser! The day itself was great fun- there were eight chili teams from around Ossipee and Wolfeboro who competed. KYC members volunteered by serving chili, helping us set up, and running a bake sale! Thank you to all who participated and we can't wait for next year's event!
People's Choice
1st Place: Timmy Con Carne (Laura Thurston and Bryan Stanley)

2nd Place: Jo Greens
3rd Place: Beveridge Craft Beer and Soap Co.
Judges Choice:
1st Place: Garwoods Restaurant
2nd Place: Lone Wolfe Brewing Co.
3rd Place: Beveridge Craft Beer and Soap Co.  
KYC board members ran the silent auction table and the admissions table, on top of helping run the WHOLE event!
People's Choice winner, Timmy Con CarnĂ©  
It was a cool and rainy day, perfect for sampling chili! 
KYC's Community Participation
KYC members have been enthusiastically interacting with our local community. They are learning the importance and value of giving back to the community and how much fun it can be!
Over the past few months, KYC members worked in the Wolfeboro Community Garden, volunteered at the Brown's Ridge Farm Spooky Maze, handed out candy during the town of Wolfeboro's Trick-or-Treating, and made thank you posters for our local police force.

Members created a thank-you poster for Wolfeboro Police Department.

19 KYC members volunteered at Brown's Ridge Farm's "Spooky Maze"

KYC set up a station at Clark Park during the town of Wolfeboro's Trick-or-Treat event. We handed out cake, hot chocolate, treats, and KYC brochures!

Life Skills Program at the KYC
Recently we focused on...

Short term and long term goals and the steps to attain them

Personal strengths and opportunities to improve

Cooking and baking

Running a bake sale
Working in small and large groups to complete a task 
How to build a fire

KYC members participate in an interactive challenge to explore their personal strengths and areas they would like to improve. We focused on both soft and hard skills.


The KYC is proud to support Red Ribbon Week as one of the many things we do to combat substance abuse. The Red Ribbon is a symbol of one's commitment to a life free from drugs. This year's Red Ribbon Week Slogan was: "Your future is key, so stay drug free!" 

Each student was tasked with writing on a key stating something they wanted for their future, which would be best supported by remaining drug free. The keys were adhered to a giant Red Ribbon visual!

Shelly, one of our volunteers, helped us plant tulip bulbs for our "Plant The Promise" event,  tying into Red Ribbon Week.

The KYC and it's members re-committed themselves to remaining substance free, and we are pretty excited about it!

Sue, one of our volunteers, works with KYC members on our Red Ribbon poster

The finished product!

Shelly helping plant tulip bulbs.

Summer Fun at the KYC  
Over the summer we offered 13 full day/ half day Beyond The After School! (BTAS!) programs. Check out our pictures below! 
For more pictures and details about all the fun we are having at the KYC, scroll through our blog!
Click on this link to see the schedule of upcoming BTAS! events!   

Enjoying an afternoon at Camp Sentinel

At the top of Sentinel Mountain

Representing KYC at the top of Mt. Major

Swimming in Alton Bay after a hike up Mt. Rowe

At the top of Mt. Rowe

Exiting an exciting ride down Gunstock Resort's "Mountain Coaster"

We made it to the top of our first NH 4,000 footer! Cannon Mountain!

Enjoying an afternoon at the Libby Museum

Taking a break on Cannon Mountain. Look at that view!

G oofing around at the Libby Museum

KYC members visit a Board of Directors meeting after an afternoon of fundraising

A visit to the Wright Museum
Dear Friend,
             It is a smell that carries so many warm memories . . . fresh roasting turkey! That is what filled the air as twenty-one high school and middle school students entered the Kingswood Youth Center (KYC) on the afternoon of our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Students, staff, and volunteers worked together to prepare all the classic fixings.
            Before dinner, students participated in a KYC tradition; each member shared one thing for which they were thankful. The things they were thankful for were not material things. They also were not trivial things. They were thankful for friends, family, food, a roof over their head, and the KYC.
We were touched by the fact that so many expressed thanks for the KYC's programs; an amazing indicator of the strides we are making in our mission to serve local youth.
            Teens that reside in our rural communities face unique challenges. Those who do not participate in extra-curricular activities are at risk for isolation from peers and caring adults. Our community's substance abuse problems have reached epidemic levels. Carroll County is consistently one of the most impacted counties in a state that leads the nation in terms of substance abuse. Students from all backgrounds rely on the support of a caring community to help ensure their success as adults. Research consistently indicates that structured out-of-school programs contribute to academic success, social development, and individual fulfillment.

The KYC is here to serve our community's teens.
            The KYC offers educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Activities focus on the message of 'healthy choices' while teaching life skills helpful to youth as they approach adulthood. Diverse programs such as: woodworking, arts and crafts, cooking, music, community service, science and nature, outdoor fitness, leadership, and more keep kids interested and engaged.
            As a response to the growing needs of our constituents, we increased our services by offering programs on evenings, school holidays, and over the summer. All programs are accomplished on a very limited budget. Thinking back to the simple and humble statements of gratitude made at our Thanksgiving meal provides us with an amazing reminder of why we do what we do.

We need your help now to continue offering our vital services.
            There are many ways your 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.
Thank You and Happy Holidays,
The KYC Board of Directors, Staff, and Youth Members

  Donate Now! 

There are many ways to get involved with the KYC

~ Volunteer weekly for our after-school program
~ Volunteer to teach a skill or lead an activity to our members
~ Donate clothing for 12-18 year olds
~ Donate homemade food, gift cards, art supplies
~ 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 | kyc@metrocast.net 
565 Center St. Wolfeboro, NH. 03894 | PO BOX 697 Wolfeboro Falls, NH. 03896