We are honored to be the recipients of Granite United Way’s award!
Granite United Way’s ADVOCATE Award is presented to individuals/companies/organizations who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advocating for social change. We presented the 2022 ADVOCATE Award to the Kingswood Youth Center in Wolfeboro, NH for their commitment to improving the lives of children and families, and their long-time agency partnership and collaboration in the Central Region. Thank you, Kingswood Youth Center, for all you do for our community!
Some community members responded with the following comments:
“Kudos! You have great programs and caring and enthusiastic staff. Thank you for all you do for our youth and community.”
“You guys are so deserving of this award This is my middle child’s first summer joining the youth center and he absolutely loves it. I love your activities, outings, and the community outreach you do. Great job! Thank you for all that you guys do!”
“Thanks, Granite United Way, for acknowledging this terrific organization that serves the youth in southern Carroll County.”
Once again, the KYC swam with Chucky Rosa on the Seacoast in the name of prevention. Chucky tragically lost two of his sons in less than one year to substances, and he sprinkled their ashes in the ocean. So now, every single day of the year, Chucky swims “with” them and brings attention to the issue of substance abuse. He and his wife run a non-profit organization called Chucky’s Fight, where they raise money to help get people into treatment. We were lucky enough to get to spend the day with them and participate in this special tradition.
New Durham Adventure! We toured Powder Mill Fish Hatchery last week with a big group of teens. Our tour guide, EJ, was so knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. Then, we were treated to ice cream and ended with swimming at New Durham town beach. We were warned the weather would be bad that day, but guess what? It cleared up the minute we headed outside and ended up being a great day. We are surrounded by beautiful landscapes, interesting people, and kind souls… you just gotta put yourself out there, even on rainy days! You never know what could happen!
We had the best evening last week enjoying the lake with friends of the KYC! KYC board president and his family opened up their home and beach for us to swim, paddleboard, kayak, float, splash, and jump! And eat! LOTS of eating! They cooked up a huge dinner with plenty of desserts to satisfy a big group of hungry teens! We had the best time and are so lucky to get these kinds of experiences!
We had an amazing day last week exploring the waterfalls at Castle in the Clouds. It was such a hot day that we jumped right in the waterfall pools to cool off!
We love our visits to Camp Sentinel! We went on our favorite hike up The Ledges to take in the spectacular view, then enjoyed their waterfront. @camp_sentinel
We had so much fun participating in @wolfeboro.public.library ‘s Goose chase scavenger hunt for the 2nd year in a row! The chase had us running all over town and engaging in fun and silly experiences! We are also so excited we got drawn for a gift certificate to Morrissey’s Front Porch! We’ll be sure to take the teens out for ice cream on one of these hot days! Check out all of the fun that the library is offering this summer for our teens!
Last week the KYC held our first session of @magicalyogaorg ‘s FREE Yoga Club! This 8-week program helps teens to “take control of their own minds,” through exploring what it means to be safe and grounded in our own bodies and minds. It encourages young people to “gain self-control, calm confidence, and positive mental health.” Each teen gets their own yoga mat and block, access to the video content, a deck of cards to play Yoga or Pose whenever they want (this game was so popular, they kept asking to play!). We are excited to embark on this journey and much thanks to founder, Brittany, for creating this program and making it so accessible for us!
A visit to Abenaki Tower, the Libby Museum (where staff posed for their annual photos in front of the animals that represent their home states), and a dip in Lake Winnipesaukee was a perfect summer program!
We had an absolute blast taking 15 teens to see Newsies in Portsmouth @theseacoastrep ! Parent and volunteer @karenciggyc coordinated this new-to-the-kyc outing! We had so much fun that we are already planning our next outing to see (fingers crossed) Footloose!