See you later, Winter!
Hello Spring!
Check out our quarterly newsletter to see what was up at the KYC over the winter!

News from the Director

Dear Friend,
How many times have you driven by those quaint black, white, and red signs? "Wolfeboro, the Oldest Summer Resort in America!" There is no denying the fact that the Lakes Region is one of the finest places to spend the warmer months. Mountains and lakes grace our backyard and our friends and neighbors own and work in our community's charming small businesses. Summer in the Lakes Region is right around the corner. 

As we prepare ourselves for the hustle and bustle of the season's festivities, let us not forget some of our community's most important residents: the young people who will shape our region's future. Without support, many of our young people are isolated in the more remote parts of our rural communities during this time. Camps are costly and require transportation. Learning and engagement with peers is interrupted when schools are not in service.

The Kingswood Youth Center (KYC) is committed to positively engaging the young people that reside in our region by providing recreational, educational, and community service opportunities throughout the summer. Young people who are at risk for isolation need exposure to our community's beauty and long-standing values; our future depends on it.

The summer programs at KYC provide youth, ages 12 to 18, with opportunities to develop leadership skills, to strengthen critical thinking, and to increase self-esteem. Through these experiences, youth realize their important roles as community participants and the associated opportunities and responsibilities. All programs, transportation, and meals are provided by the KYC at no cost. 

We are asking for your help to provide these services free of charge so that no child is overlooked. Our goal is to raise $10,000.

America's Oldest Summer Resort and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire are extraordinary places. We at the KYC are committed to serving our community's future; a fine group of young men and women. If you would like to contribute to this important cause, we accept payments via PayPal using the link at Checks can also be mailed to PO Box 697, Wolfeboro Falls, NH, 03896 or dropped off at 565 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894.

Thank you so much for your support and investment in the community that is dear to us all.


Everyone at the Kingswood Youth Center  

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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  
At Large 
Gina Jewell 
Kevin Sanzenbacher 
Kevin Van Brunt 
Lynn Hinchee 
Maria Found    
Martha Krause 
Megan Marbury   
Pete Llewellyn 

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

KYC's 2nd Annual "Perspectives
on Prevention"
Each Wednesday for four weeks, KYC hosted  guests to talk about their unique perspective on substance misuse prevention. 

Our four guests included:

A local man who is in long-term recovery.  He reminded students that every substance problem starts with just one bad choice to use.  Such bad choices can derail our goals and alter our lives for the worst.

  A law enforcement perspective from retired Police Chief Sanzenbacher, who is also on the KYC's Board of Directors. Chief Sanzenbacher discussed how genetics can play a large role in one's susceptibility to become an addict, and how alcohol is just as much a drug as heroin.

A local mother who has adult children who are in long-term recovery. She spoke about the how hard it is to watch her children struggle and suffer.  Her children's lives have been beyond difficult because of their personal struggles with addiction.

A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Councilor (LADC) from White Horse Addiction Center. He led a question and answer segment, spoke about his career in the field, and about the options for recovery. A take away he shared with the KYC was, "If you don't try it, you won't fall in love with it."
Thank you so much to our guest speaker and to White Horse Addiction Center for empowering our local teens to remain substance free.
Chief Sanzenbacher talking to KYC members.
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 handed out hot chocolate and cookies at outside of Santa's Hut in Wolfeboro, walked around town to spread holiday cheer to local businesses, socialized with the cats and dogs at the Lakes Region Humane Society, decorated a KYC Tree for the Festival of Trees at the Wright Museum,

Socializing with the animals at the Lakes Region Humane Society

An evening visit to the Wright Museum during the Festival of Trees. KYC participated in decorating a tree.

KYC set up a station next to Santa's Hut in Wolfeboro. We handed out cookies, hot chocolate and KYC brochures! Members then went door to door to businesses, spreading holiday cheer with handmade cards and cookies!

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

New Year's Resolutions/ goal setting

Job applications

Cooking and baking

Job interviews  

KYC members participating in a job interview activity.
Beyond The After School! (BTAS!)

The KYC has committed to offering 150 BTAS! hours to our participants. These programs are offered during school breaks, weekends, and "stay late" on Wednesdays. At each BTAS! program we offer a hot meal! Check out a few fun things we have done these past few months.
KYC members learn about "camp cooking" in a cabin on top of Moody Mt.

KYC members spent a Friday night BTAS! ice skating at Pop Whalen

A Friday afternoon snowshoe at Knights Pond in Alton 

Homemade lasagna for dinner at the KYC!

Check out all the other fun things we do at the KYC!
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!   

Making Valentine Cards for Meals on Wheels, with our volunteer Estelle

Painting a clothing rack, built by KYC members for the KYC Kloset

Trivia Night at the KYC!
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 | 
565 Center St. Wolfeboro, NH. 03894 | PO BOX 697 Wolfeboro Falls, NH. 03896