Life-Skills! Mock Job Interviews

i Jan 29th by

Last week in our life-skills program, we hosted mock job interviews.







Four participants ‘stepped up to the plate,’ and offered to be the interviewees(Zachary acted as the interviewer).  The rest of the group was tasked with rating each interview based on specific criteria.  The winner got a prize!


















Interviewees had to ‘step into the office’ and greet the interviewer.


















Peers observed and rated the interview from one to five on the following:

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Show that they’re familiar with the job and the company.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____Sat Straight and demonstrated engagement through positive body language.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Not chew gum.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Greet the interviewer by title and name (e.g. Mara or Zachary).

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Give a firm handshake.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Make and maintain eye contact.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Speak clearly, avoiding lots of “ums” and “likes.”

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Show enthusiasm for the job and smile.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Answer all the questions.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Describe strengths, skills, and/or achievements.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Discuss previous experiences as they relate to the job.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Ask good questions about the job.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Say thank you at the end of the interview.

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____Total each column


















“Would you please tell me a bit about yourself?”














“Why do you want to work at[Best Buy]?”














“Please tell me about your work experience.”














“Do you have any questions for me?”














Everyone did a great job.  With practice, KYCers will be naturals when it comes time to interview for employment!

BTAS! Pick-a-Project

i Jan 25th by

Last night in our BTAS! (beyond the after-school) program, we offered ‘pick-a-project!’  Students who stayed until 7:00 PM chose between painting, jewelry making, woodworking, and baking.  A very fun afternoon!














A variety of beads and materials allowed for limitless jewelry making possibilities.














Painting wooden hearts for Valentines Day!














Nice!  These will make great gifts, or additions to our own jewelry collections.


















Several students worked on small wood projects.














As a team we completed a bigger community project; a clothing rack for the KYC Kloset!














Working together on our clothing rack.


















Measure twice, cut once!














Working together!














Teamwork made for ‘short-work’ in building our clothing rack!


















Painting was the last step.


















Well done KYC’ers!  (Just missing the mettle hanging rod, which was inserted once the paint dried).


















Others worked in the kitchen baking!














Pumpkin Pie and Blondies for desert.  Lasagnas on the bottom were our dinner.


















What a fun (and busy!) evening!  Thanks to all who participated.

Substance Free Me! Essay Contest

i Jan 22nd by

Substance Free Me! Essay Contest

This is your entry form! essay contest entry form

Please print or pick up at the KYC, sign, and turn in with your entry (either drop off at the KYC or scan and email).

Substance Free Me! Essay Contest

Sponsored by White Horse Addiction Center

Hosted by White Horse Addiction Center and The Kingswood Youth Center

Students in grades 7-12 in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (home school students from GWRSD towns too!), this is your chance to get in the running to win a $100 Visa Card and be an honorary guest at White Horse’s Freedom Event Dinner on April 6, 2018.

Write a 300-700 word essay answering the following:

  • Why do you/ will you choose to be substance free?
  • In what ways will your life be better because you choose to be substance free?
  • How can you help your peers choose to be substance free?

White Horse and KYC staff will judge your work based on your ideas and inspired/ thought-provoking response.  Writing quality will be secondary and will be weighted based on grade level (we realize that a senior has had five more years of English class than a 7th grader and won’t hold that against a 7th grader!).  The most important thing is that you think hard about the questions and write your essay in a way that lets the judges understand your ideas.

  • Due Date: March 5, 2018 5:00 PM
  • Must be your own work. Absolutely no cheaters!
  • Drop your entry off at the KYC or email it to
  • Your entry may be word processed or hand-written (keep in mind that it will be hard to win if the judges can’t read your essay!).
  • You and your parent or guardian must sign this form and turn it in with your entry, indicating that you agree to the following:

By signing this form, I am promising that this is my (my child’s) original work and is not plagiarized or written by anyone other than the student whose name and signature appear below.

By signing this form, I am giving White Horse Addiction Center and The Kingswood Youth Center permission to quote, reproduce, publish, or otherwise use my (my child’s) work, through means to include, but not limited to, publication in print and online.

By signing this form, I am agreeing to allow my name (my child’s name) to be announced if I am (he or she is) selected as the winner.

Student’s name:        ____________________________________________________

Student’s signature:  _____________________________________Date:___________

Parent/Guardian signature: __________________________________Date:_________

BTAS! Snowshoe to Kinghts Pond

i Jan 19th by

We’ve just returned from a snowshoe adventure to Knights Pond!  This was one of our BTAS! programs (those programs that take place in the evenings, weekends, school vacations, and holidays).






























Knights pond is such a beautiful spot.  Perhaps even more so in the winter!

We continued along the trail around the pond.














There are many fine viewpoints along the way!














KYC initials on the shore of the pond!  Nice!














What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon.  After the hike, we headed to the KYC for pizza.  Thanks to all who participated.  Our next BTAS! program is ‘pick a project’ on Wednesday evening!

Teen Council Led Scavenger Hunt on Snowshoes!

i Jan 16th by

Last week our Teen Council led an activity for the entire group.  The Teen Council is a group of student leaders who choose to take on extra responsibility and help to make the KYC a better place.














We used our snowshoes to get around the KYC’s property in deep snow.  It was a good chance to practice using our snowshoes, as we use these to walk trails, climb mountains, and to reach beautiful places in the winter.


















Some Teen Council members and their peers.  This was their challenge:

Directions: Groups of 3 or 4, make sure one group member has a camera.  At least one group member must wear snowshoes for the outdoor parts.  Complete as many tasks on the list as possible in 30 minutes.  Student leaders will judge and a prize will be awarded to the group who completes the most!

  • Help at least one member put on snowshoes (more than one member may, but make sure there’s enough for other groups). Get any warm clothes your group members need.
  • Find a Pine Needle
  • Find a stick shaped like a Y
  • Walk the KYC trail
  • Take a “good photo” (Teen Council Judges and awards points!)
  • Take a photo of a bird
  • Take a photo of a maple tree
  • Take a photo of animal tracks; guess what animal made them
  • Find a rock shaped like the state of NH
  • Write down the mission of the KYC
  • Find a Pine Cone
  • Each group member hang two pieces in the KYC closet
  • You may NOT use any electronic device for this question. How far away is the moon?


















It was a nice warm day.














This was a great way to enjoy time outside in the winter.  Thank you Teen Council for planning this activity.  The Teen Council will meet again today!

BTAS! Snowshoe

i Jan 11th by

Yesterday we hosted a twilight snowshoe as a BTAS! (beyond the after school) program.  What a fun winter night!

Tons of snow behind the KYC!  Good thing we have a fleet of snowshoes!

Geared up with warm clothes, snowshoes, and head-lamps, we were ready to hit the trail!

We left from our own backyard.  We all appreciated that it was a fairly mild night!

We started by breaking trail in the deep snow on our own trail.  Our members helped to build the nature trail behind the KYC.

Next, we reached the Cotton Valley Rail Trail.  Walking got easier as the trail is well packed by other snowshoers, skiers, and snowmobiles.  We were still glad to have our snowshoes for stability and traction.

Afterwards we returned to the KYC to warm up and eat desert!  What a fun night!  Thanks for participating everyone!  We snowshoe again on Friday, January 19th!

BTAS! During Holiday Break!

i Jan 3rd by

During holiday break, we hosted two full days of BTAS! (beyond the afterschool) programs!














We played a New Year’s Resolution game.  We started by talking about goal setting and New Years resolutions.  Then, we each wrote one Resolution on a piece of paper.  Mara and Zachary drew resolutions, read them off, and challenged members to guess who they belonged to.  Lots of fun!














We worked on wish flags.  Many people who visit the center notice the wish flags on our wall.  We worked to make sure the flags reflect our current members’ wishes.














We went sledding at the Nick.  Cold weather made for a fast ride!














We played games, including Risk, Wii, and Fort Wars.  A great way to spend a cold vacation day!














We practiced our job interviewing skills in a fun and informative life-skills activity.

















We socialized with rescue animals (including this energetic rat terrier!) at the Lakes Region Humane Society.














What great ways to spend a couple of winter vacation days!  If you know a KRHS or KRMS who missed out on the fun, check out our BTAS! schedule to learn more!

Festival of Trees!

i Dec 19th by

Last week our BTAS! program took us to the Wright Museum for the Festival of Trees.  Thank you Festival Trees Committee for hosting our group!














Part of our group standing around the KYC’s own tree!  The theme for the KYC’s tree was BTAS! (beyond the after-school) programs.  BTAS! programs are those programs, which the KYC offers in addition to our after-school program.  These programs take place on weekends, during school vacations, on holidays, and in the evening.  All programs come with a meal and are free to Kingswood high school and middle school students!


















The Festival of Trees is hosted to support two worthy beneficiaries.  (The KYC had this opportunity/honor in 2002 and 2015.  Thank you Festival of Trees Committee!).  This year, L.I.F.E Ministries Food Pantry was one of the worthy beneficiaries.  What a creative ‘tree’ L.I.F.E Ministries Food Pantry displayed!  Congrats on benefiting from this event and a big thank you for all that L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry does to help our community.














The other beneficiary was Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association (WARA).  The picture above is of our group enjoying WARA’s public facility, ‘The Nick.”  Thanks WARA for being great neighbors and for supporting youth, athletics, fitness, and fun in our community.














We watched some very talented dancers.  Thanks for putting on a great show!














What a fun and holiday-spirited evening in BTAS!  Happy Holidays!



Gift Making. Woodworking!

i Dec 18th by

Over the past couple of weeks, we have offered several woodworking projects.  We are encouraging our members to make gifts for their friends and families.  Handmade gifts can be a very special and affordable way to spread holiday cheer!



















One student used a coping saw to cut out a ‘J’ for a loved one with a first name beginning with ‘J.’  Some diligent sanding and a nice paint job will turn this cut-out into a fine handmade gift!


















Boxes make easy and useful hand-made gifts.  Patience in sanding goes a long way in producing a nicer finished product.














Another student cut out a ‘heart’ shape for someone special.  Others experimented with wood-burning, making some great looking gifts.  Nice work KYCers!  Happy Holidays.


Throwback Thursday!

i Dec 7th by

Here’s a photo of our group last year at the Wright Museum for The Festival of Trees!  The Festival of Trees begins this weekend.  Each year, beneficiaries are selected and the proceeds of the event support the mission of those beneficiaries.   This year’s beneficiaries are L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry and Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association.  The KYC was selected as the beneficiary in 2002 and 2015.  We have participated annually by setting up a tree!

This past Monday we set up our tree at the Wright Museum.  This coming Wednesday, our BTAS! program will consist of a trip to the Wright Museum to attend the event.  Thanks to everyone in our community who make this fun and valuable event possible.   For more info go to