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News from the Director
Dear Friend,
 
Spring has arrived. At least that is what the calendar tells us! Personally I look forward to this time of year with the extended daylight, the warming temperatures, the rebirth of flora and fauna, and the thawing of frozen waterways. Spring symbolizes rebirth and renewal. It can also refer to love, hope, youth and growth.

At the KYC we are embracing it all by offering programs that focus on healthy and loving relationships; hopeful and fulfilling futures; youthful and fun activities; and life skills that support the needs of growing adolescents. We are fortunate that our facility allows us to offer so many opportunities for our teen members as the weather warms. We can hike, bike, swim, walk, play and run right from our front door. As we watch the snow melt around us, we look forward to offering more outdoor programs and activities that we feel are critical to the positive development of youth during the 'out of school' hours.

New this year for the KYC is the Club 121 Mentorship Program. This program began in January at Kingswood Regional Middle School. The KYC mentors, Zachary and Mara, are at the school every Monday morning doing what they love to do - assisting their mentees in the areas of goal setting, exploring interests, relationship building, substance misuse prevention, and developing life skills. We are all so excited about how well this program is going and we look forward to offering mentoring services to more youth next year.

Also new this year is the slight shifting of staff positions. Effective July 1, Zachary Porter will become the Interim Executive Director. Zachary has been with the KYC since 2011 and his position has evolved into the 'face of the center.' He has been in charge of the programs since 2016, and that will not change. His new position will include a more comprehensive management role and direct interaction with the board of directors. Zachary looks forward to working with the staff, volunteers and board of directors to grow and sustain the KYC's vital services. He strongly believes that beloved traditions and new opportunities will allow the KYC to fulfill its mission to serve local youth throughout the coming years.

Mara Michno will be leaving at the end of June for maternity reasons. She will return in October to continue her role as Teen Director. Mara has been with the KYC since 2015. She offers so much through her extensive experience working with youth. She also holds a master's degree in teaching at the secondary level.   We wish her all the best as her family grows and we will definitely welcome her return in the fall.

After serving as ED for over 13 years, I look forward to focusing more on organizational development, grant writing, fundraising, and financial management. I will continue to seek new avenues of support to continue offering enrichment programs and activities for youth in this community!

All the best,

Pam Sweeney

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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KYC staff and volunteers
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
President 
Barbara Lobdell

Vice President 
Matt Lawlor 

Treasurer 
Gregory Eldridge  
    
At Large 
Don Smith
Gina Jewell 
Kevin Sanzenbacher 
Kevin Van Brunt 
  Maria Found
 Martha Krause 
   Pete Llewellyn
 
STAFF 
Executive Director 
Pam Sweeney
 
Associate Director
Zachary Porter
 

Teen Director 
Mara Michno 


"CLUB 121"
KYC's Mentor Program
Club 121 is a pilot program which was added to the KYC's program lineup in January 2019.  The program's fun name denotes the important fact that services are provided on a one-to-one (121...get it?!) basis.  Middle schoolers enrolled in Club 121 are paired with an adult mentor from the KYC's staff. Mentors and mentees work together to create strategies for academic success, set meaningful goals, explore productive interests, foster positive relationships with family and peers, and ensure success for high school and beyond.  Mentoring sessions take place in the middle school during the school day and consist of guided discussions and formal goal setting and self-exploration activities.  The KYC is optimistic that this program will expand and flourish well beyond this important and valuable pilot phase.  
How We Give Back
The KYC values community involvement and giving back. Throughout the winter, we have been actively involved in the community!

In December, the KYC hosted a "Family Movie Night," and screened the original 1966 made for TV film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The evening had trivia, hot cocoa, popcorn, and a festive atmosphere!

The KYC volunteered to make a soup for the Knights Against Hunger's fundraiser, Empty Bowls Project. Working as a team during our "Soup's On!" program, the KYC made a delicious butternut squash bisque for the event.

For our "Spread Holiday Cheer" program KYC members made holiday cards for businesses and individuals who support the KYC. Members hand delivered the cards and thanked businesses in town. 

THANK YOU TO KYC PARTICIPANTS FOR ALL YOU DO!


Making soup for the Knights Against Hunger event
A festive scene from the KYC's "Family Movie Night."
Making holiday cards for local businesses
Skills for a Lifetime at the KYC

Our mission:
The Kingswood Youth Center provides a safe and positive environment in which youth may grow, learn and develop life skills critical to their success in the adult world.

Life skills are a paramount part of our organization's mission. That's why we are excited to launch our "Skills for a Lifetime," program this year. The program is made up of six phases.
Recently we have been learning about post-secondary education and all of the parts that go along with it! Deciding, applying, funding... you name it!  
   


KYC volunteer Estelle, leading an activity on applying to college
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! we offer a hot meal and a fun, themed activity. Check out some of the interesting programs we have offered these past few months.
 
 
Trying new things (yoga!) for our day focusing on New Years resolutions and goals.  
 
A night hike at Knight's Pond

KYC's "Escape Room," really challenged our participants to work as a team! 
 
 

KYC attended First Night in Wolfeboro. Here we are, enjoying the New Year's Eve fireworks!

BTAS! Overnight to Camp Sentinel
As part of our BTAS! program, the KYC offers multiple overnights throughout the year. Over February vacation the KYC was lucky enough to go on another overnight to Camp Sentinel!
We did so many fun things in our time there... but we will let the pictures do the talking!
 
Thank you Kevin, Brandon, Rafe, Ben, and everyone at Camp Sentinel for hosting us!

We started the overnight off with a snowshoe up to The Ledges. The view was amazing!
Fun at The Ledges
After snowshoeing we enjoyed some time playing games... and puzzling!
KYC participants figured out how to project games up on the big screen! It was a hit!
Foosball!
A whole group game of Gaga Ball!
"Take The Floor," (KYC's version of a talent show!)
Enjoying a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, and cinnamon rolls. Thanks Brandon!
It was a gorgeous morning for a snowshoe down to the pond!
What a great time! We packed in the fun!
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!   
 
Conducting a science experiment brought by our volunteer Shelly, for our weekly "Science Café"
Learning how to make ice cream during Science Cafe with Shelly!


Decorating and enjoying some treats

Pictured in front of KYC's tree at the Festival of Trees


Substance Misuse Prevention with Eric, an employee at White Horse Addiction Center
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
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