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Throwback Thursday!

i Sep 19th by

What a great first week in our afterschool program!  For this edition of “Thowback Thursday.”  We have a couples photos from last year’s day week of programs.  Great to be back!









This year the weather was just as nice and…gaga ball is still “in.”  Not bad!

10th Annual Chili Challenge-A huge success!

i Sep 18th by

The Kingswood Youth Center is pleased to thank our generous sponsors, donors, and all those who helped make the KYC’s 10th Annual Milestone Chili Challenge fundraiser a success!

Congratulations to our winners! People’s Choice: Huck’s Hoagies in 1st place, The Rotary Club of Wolfeboro in 2nd place and White Horse Addiction Center in 3rd place Judge’s Choice: Brewster Lacrosse in 1st place, The Full Belli Deli in 2nd place, White Horse Addiction Center in 3rd place

Event Sponsors and donors:

At the Inferno level: Ballentine Partners, LLC, Carl and Sally Hesler, D.F. Richard Energy, Green Mountain Furniture, The Shops at Durgin Stables, The Wolfeboro Lions Club

‘Milestone Sponsors’ (10 consecutive years of support!) Bly Farm, Brewster Academy, Butternuts, Calico Graphics, Eldridge & Gillespie, P.C., F.L. Putnam Investment Management Co., J.C. Signs, Richard Neal Jr., DMD, The Shops at Durgin Stables, Wolfeboro Copy, Ship & More, Wolfetrap Grill & Rawbar

At the Caliente level: Bayside Nail Salon, Gallagher’s Plumbing and Heating, Huggins Hospital, Rotary Club of Wolfeboro, Sandra and Will Herman

At the Spicy level: Community Landscape Company, Eastern Propane & Oil, Forest Pump & Filter Co., Garwoods Restaurant, Michael Pizette, Paul Schmidt, People’s United Bank, PSI Molded Plastics New Hampshire, Inc., Village Green Landscaping, White Mountain Survey & Engineering, Inc., Wolfeboro Corner Store

At the Sizzlin’ level: All Earth, Ashton & Company, PA, Avery Insurance Agency, Back Bay Salon, Barbara Lobdell, Beckwith Builders, Black’s Paper Store, Brad Jewell Construction, Bradley’s Hardware, Camp Sentinel, DJ’s Septic Pumping Svc., Doran Independent Insurance, Edward Jones Investments: Brian Laing,

El Centenario, Giguere Electric, Inc., Great Impressions Staging, Hawkeye Woodwrights, Headwall Construction, Heckman’s Flooring, Huck’s Hoagies, J.L. Sweeney Co, Inc., John J. Hammond, D.P.M., Law Offices of Kurt D. DeVylder PLLC, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Middleton Building Supply, North Main Café, Paul & Deb Zimmerman, Sager & Smith PLLC, Seabird Asian Cuisine, Shaun Berry, Shamrock Landscaping, Shirley Blabey, The Kingswood Press, Three Sisters’ Country Store, William J Krause CPA, PC, Wolfeboro Chiropractic Office, Wolfeboro Pediatrics

At the Hot! Hot! level: All About Kitchens, Allen Wayside Furniture, Antonucci Insurance Services, Inc., Back Bay Clothing, Benjamin T. Selle, DMD, Care Pharmacy,

Central Insurance Associates, East of Suez, Granite State Glass, Grey Shingles Camps, Johnson Paint & Wallpaper, Kalled Gallery, Knight Security Alarm Co., Kristy Gleason, The School of Golf, Linda’s Flowers, Marie Yeager, Maxfield Real Estate, Penny Candy Shop, LLC, Ridings Electric, Seven Suns Crêperie, The Children’s Center, Wolfeboro Eye Associates, Zachary Porter

Contributions to the Hot Pepper Auction: Anthony’s Pizzeria, Baron’s Major Brands, Bartlett Tree Experts, Beth Meyer, Camp Sentinel, HIS Cleaning Services, Jim Fleet, Karen Burnett-Kurie, La Boca Bakery, Richard Ayers, The Nordic Skier, Winnipesaukee Winery, Spider Web Gardens, LLC, Yoga 4 Life

Our chili teams: Brewster Lacrosse, Camp Sentinel, Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, Full Belli Deli, Huck’s Hoagies, Lakes Region Technology Center DECA, Rotary Club of Wolfeboro, White Horse Addiction Center, Yum Yum Shop

Others who made this event a success:  Andy O’Shaughnessy, Bailey Kinney, Barbara Lobdell, Brad Peluso, Brewster Academy, Bruce Sawyer, David Armour, Diane Thayer, Don Smith, Donovan Eldridge, Ellen Berry, Gina Jewell, Gregory Eldridge, Jaclyn Smith, Jim Fleet, Joe Faragher, John Sweeney, Katy Foedermair, Kevin Sanzenbacher, Kevin Van Brunt, Maddie Poliquin, Maria Found, Marshall Stansbury, Martha Krause, Matt Lawlor, Michaela Poliquin, Peter Llewellyn, Rita Verge, Rob Verge, Shaun Berry, Shelly McGee, Thursty Water Systems, Vivian Isaacson, The many patrons who purchased tickets and/or participated in the Hot Pepper Silent Auction.

With heartfelt thanks,

Everyone at the Kingswood Youth Center

Welcome Sue!

i Sep 10th by

Sue Valenti has joined us as the Program Facilitator at KYC.

She has many years of experience working and volunteering with youth and teens. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Western CT State University and has spent the bulk of her nursing career as a School Nurse in both Middle and High Schools.  She has proudly raised three young adults and is a Grammy to one human and 2 dogs.  She lives with her husband and dogs in Wakefield.

Fundraiser Prep!

i Sep 5th by

Yesterday a group of teens joined us here at the KYC to prep for the upcoming Chili Challenge Fundraiser.  The Chili Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Durgin Stables Green in Downtown Wolfeboro.  We hope to see you there!

We stopped briefly at the Wright Museum for a group photo and to thank them for hosting us last week!

Students worked with our new staff member, Sue to bake 48 brownies, which will be sold at the fundraiser.  Others made signs, packed spoons, napkins, and tickets for patrons and helped organize the “Hot Pepper Silent Auction!”

Thank you Milestone Sponsors!

i Sep 3rd by
The KYC’s 10th Annual Milestone Chili Challenge Fundraiser is less than 2 weeks away! (September 14, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Durgin Stables Green).
We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors! We want to say a special thank you to our “Milestone Sponsors,” those sponsors who are supporting this event for the 10th consecutive year! Here they are!
Bly Farm; Brewster Academy; Butternuts; Calico Graphics; Eldridge and Gillespie, PC.; F.L. Putnam Investment Management Co., Inc.; J.C. Signs; Richard J. Neal Jr., DMD; The Shops at Durgin Stables; Wolfeboro Copy, Ship & More; Wolfetrap Grill & Raw Bar.
The generosity of these local sponsors has gone a long way in funding educational, recreational, and enrichment programs for local youth.   These sponsors supported programs for past KYC participants who are now young adults; their recent support will go a long way in serving the KYC’s current participants. 
We are so lucky to have so many friends and neighbors with such high esteem for our community’s youth.   Thank you to our “Milestone Sponsors,”  all other KYC supporters, and the countless others who serve local youth in so many ways.  We hope to see you on September 14th, to celebrate the KYC’s mission and supporters and to enjoy some fine chili!

Rain, Rain, It’s okay!

i Aug 22nd by

Rain, rain it’s okay!
A little rain won’t wreck our day!
Yesterday we made good use of a rainy day in summer programs!

We shared our schedules and feelings about the fast approaching school year.

We teamed up for trivia! A close match!

We enjoyed a home-cooked hot lunch!  Baked macaroni and cheese!

Some braved the weather and played outside!

We held a Lego building contest!

We cooked in our kitchen!  S’mores cups!

We visited the Nick to walk the track, play on the playground (as the rain took a break), and play board games under cover!

Not bad for a rainy August day.  Next week in summer programs we visit the Wright Museum!  If the weather’s better, we’ll hit the beach too!

Tour of Lakes Region Community College and more Summer Fun!

i Aug 15th by

Yesterday we took a tour of Lakes Region Community College and then visited Weir’s Beach for swimming, arcade games, and ice cream!  Not a bad day in KYC summer programs!

We learned a lot in our tour of Lake Region Community College in Laconia, NH.  Students at LRCC can earn certificates and Associate’s Degrees.  Many students transfer from Assoicate’s Degree programs to four year schools where they earn Bachelor’s.  LRCC prepares students for rewarding careers and/or further education!  We toured the Nursing Department, the Science Department, the Automotive Department, the Electro-Mechanical Technologies Department, and more.  We also learned about degree programs in business, education, liberal arts, culinary arts, and more!  Thank you LRCC!

After our tour, we hit Weir’s Beach for swimming, arcade games, and ice cream!

Summer Programs

i Aug 7th by

We had another great day in our Summer programs!  We took a trip to the Libby Museum, where we enjoyed a live animal show as well as their mainstay exhibits!  Thank you Libby for this fun opportunity.  We also offered lunch and art projects at the KYC and enjoyed a swim in 19-mile bay!  Thank you everyone for another great day!

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Taking a Dip With Chucky Rosa of Chucky’s Fight!

i Aug 1st by

Yesterday we enjoyed a favorite KYC program: a dip with Chucky Rosa of Chucky’s Fight at Seabrook Beach!  Rosa swims in the ocean everyday of the year in honor of his two sons who he lost tragically, and to help teens choose to be substance free.  Eight KYC students joined us for the swim.  Each student made a pledge to make good choices and received a set of Chucky’s Fight dog tags as a reminder of their commitment.  Then we took to the sea and joined Rosa for his daily dip.  Mary Rosa of Chuckys Fight filmed the event.  Thank you Chuckys Fight for your devotion, good work, and hospitality!  Thank Eric Moran CRSW of White Horse Addiction Center  for joining the dip!  Check out our Facebook page for the video https://www.facebook.com/thekyc.org/photos/pcb.2488296881234210/2488295401234358/?type=3&theater

Cycle Day, Wolfeboro Rotary, Fundraising, and An Afternoon at the Beach!

i Jul 25th by

We had a busy day in our summer programs yesterday!  We started with a great morning bike ride on the Cotton Valley Rail Trail.  Then we paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Wolfeboro’s Meeting.  After a few Fundraising stops, we hit the beach!

We are so lucky that the 12-mi Cotton Valley Rail Trail abuts the KYC’s property!  This multi-use trail is great for biking, walking, jogging, and winter activities.  The KYC takes advantage of the trail all year long.  Yesterday, we started our day of programs with a morning bike ride on the trail.  We departed the Center, crossed the Fernald Brook, and proceeded beyond the route 109 crossing.  Following a great ride, we returned to the KYC for a cookout!

After lunch we visited the bi-weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Wolfeboro.  The KYC was founded by Wolfeboro Rotary almost 20 years ago.  KYC members, staff and volunteers thanked the Rotary for founding and continually supporting the KYC.  The 10 year anniversary of our move to the Center Street location (October 2019) and the 20 year anniversary of the KYC (May 2020) are coming up!  We look forward to involving Rotary in the celebration!  We are very excited that the Rotary may get in on the competition in this year’s Chili Challenge Fundraiser!  Rotarians posed some great questions to our youth, which the teens did a great job addressing!

Next we had a few stops related to our 10th Annual Chili Challenge Fundraiser which  is scheduled for Saturday September 14, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Durgin Stables Green in Wolfeboro.  Thank you to the many organizations who have sponsored us so far!  We are still looking for community sponsors!

Finally, we hit the beach!  What a great day to enjoy Albee Beach!