KYC’s 13th Annual Chili Challenge was an absolute success! We sold more tickets than ever before! Thanks to all who showed their support through sponsoring, making chili, volunteering, donating auction items, and/or coming to the event! This couldn’t be the success it is without YOU! And it’s all to support our extremely deserving 7th-12th graders who participate in our programs. WINNERS: JUDGE’S CHOICE. 1st place- Scouts Troop 165. 2nd- Spice Girls. 3rd- B’s Express Mart. PEOPLE’S CHOICE: 1st- Katie’s Kitchen. 2nd- Troop 165. 3rd- Chili Riders!
We took our annual dip in the name of substance misuse prevention with the one and only Chucky Rosa of @chuckysfight! Our trip to NH Seacoast was beautiful and meaningful, as we swam in the ocean to remember lives lost to substances and to encourage others to make good choices. Thanks to all the teens who joined us, and to Chucky and Mary Rosa for hosting us! It was a great August program, before we got back to school!
Last week we hiked Bayle Mountain in Ossipee, followed by a quick swim to cool off! Great job, teens! It wasn’t easy but you did it!
This month the KYC hosted an Open House! Visitors enjoyed refreshments, checking out what’s going around the KYC (monarch butterflies! Cup towers!) and played some heated games of corn-hole on our handmade boards! Thanks to all who swung through! It was great to see old and new faces alike!
The Kingswood Youth Center had the opportunity to meet and visit with WWII expert, journalist, and author Alex Kershaw at the Wright Museum last week. A Netflix mini-series was made based off of his best-selling book The Liberator. Alex chatted with our teens and both asked and answered thought-provoking questions. A huge thank you to @wrightmuseumofwwii for hosting this event!
Last week’s programs didn’t disappoint! A campfire with s’mores and a sunset swim really made for a classic evening program at the KYC!
Family Field Night! What a blast! Our teens set up stations for face-painting, treats, games and a coloring contest! It was great to see everyone working together and getting excited to do something fun for the community! It was a really hot day, so we ended with an evening swimming at Albee Beach to relax and cool off! We hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying time in the water if they can!
We had a wonderful end-of-the-school-year celebration. We honored the board members, volunteers, and teens who have helped us enjoy another successful school year of programs! A HUGE congratulations and thank you to our Volunteer of the Year, Eric Moran with White Horse Recovery. Eric has brought with him joy, honesty, and support to the staff and teens at the KYC. His connection with teens has truly made a difference in lives, and we see it regularly. Eric uses connection, education, vulnerability, and honesty to teach substance misuse prevention and it works! Thank you for everything, Eric!