Last week in our life skills programs we practiced interviewing for employment. The job interview is an applicant’s chance to prove that he or she is the right person for the job. It is also a great time to learn more about the position. We broke into teams, each of which were challenged to send a representative to try a few questions.
Why are you looking for a job?
What do you think it takes to be successful in this position?
Students also presented tips to help their peers with future interviews: be on time; dress for success; turn off your phone; know some information about the position your applying for; practice answering some of the more common questions.
We know our KYCers will make great employees. A little practice will help them get the job!
Name as many members of the Beetles as you can!
Who is the lead singer for Maroon 5?
What’s one instrument that is considered a woodwind?
Here’s a link to the video we used for guess the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=PRE3y2Ud1N4&app=desktop
We have some pretty knowledgeable teens. How’d you do?
Happy Spring! Yesterday we launched an upcoming program series, celebrated the start of spring, and practiced yoga!
We are starting a program called Perspectives on Prevention. Throughout this program, we will invite guest speakers to speak about substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. We will hear from a person in long term recovery, the loved one of a person in recovery, a treatment professional, a police officer, and an EMT. Yesterday we heard from our volunteer, Valerie, who has worked as a nurse in the treatment of substance use disorders and has taught middle school health. Thank you Valerie!
We hosted an equinox trivia game. The big stumper was: in what month is the vernal equinox in the southern hemisphere? Anyone know? The winner was honored with a spring themed crown.
We celebrated spring with some outdoor games such as a cornhole contest. We also had desserts!
Those of us who stayed for BTAS! went outside for a count down to spring. Spring started at 5:58 PM yesterday!
Our Main event in BTAS! was a yoga night!
Yesterday we hosted ‘Take the Floor.’ ‘Take the Floor’ is the KYC’s own talent show. Students, volunteers, and staff have the opportunity to wow the group with a talent. Singing, musical instruments, jokes, impressions, juggling, skits, and unique skills are a few of the talents we’ve seen during ‘Take the Floor.’
One student came with a very unique talent: a raptor cry!
Our staff member, Zachary demonstrated some juggling and explained how he learned to juggle.
Other acts included our volunteer Estelle, saying the alphabet backwards…wow! Thanks everyone who took the floor!
Yesterday we offered a KYC favorite: ice skating at Pop Whalen! Students long anticipate this fun opportunity with friends, which we try to offer once per year. From many, skating with the KYC is their first time on skates.
We offered two opportunities to skate: one from 3:15 to 4:15 in our after-school program and another from 5:15 to 7:00 in an even BTAS! program.
We are so lucky to have Pop Whalen right here in Wolfeboro!
Many of our members have been skating for years. Those new to skating got lots of time to practice, which really paid off!
Thank you Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation for donating the ice time. It was a great end of winter trip!
Yesterday our volunteer from White Horse Addiction Center, Eric Moran, CRSW gave us some important tips for saying no to drugs. Over the past few weeks we have been learning about the dangers of various substances. Once equip with so many reasons for saying no, it was important to practice! Eric reiterated the importance of making good choices and talked a bit about his own mistakes. He gave some tips for being assertive in standing behind good choices. Then he gave participants a chance to practice.
Eric is at the KYC each Wednesday afternoon.
Saying ‘no’ to Eric!
Thanks Eric and White Horse Addiction Center for all you do for the KYC!
A favorite program here at the KYC is our Skills for a Lifetime program. This important program addresses employment, education, hobbies, adventure and travel, relationships, and the ‘nuts and bolts,’ those specific skills that help adults succeed. On Thursday, our volunteer, Estelle helped us start thinking about higher education. Estelle has devoted her career to helping young people along their educational path. Thanks Estelle!
We talked a bit about how as an adult, one can often earn a much better living if they have education and training beyond high school. It’s not always college, there are many ways to get trained to perform important jobs. Students need to plan ahead, so that they have an idea of what is available to them and how to obtain it.
Students took turns reading definitions to help their peers gain familiarity surrounding these topics. Students learned about the FAFSA, loans, grants, work study, scholarships, and other financial aid. We talked about the different types of training and education that is available after high school.
Our goal is to help KYCers live more fulfilling and productive lives by teaching them skills that will help them excel!
Yesterday we offered Cheffing-it-Up and then a game night.
Making Gluten Free Brownies for dessert!
For dinner, we made pizza from scratch!
A group worked on a puzzle during game night.
Arm wrestling! We also played trial pursuit and buzzword.
Did you know that the KYC offers free music lessons every week? Each Thursday, Mike from Wolfeboro Institute of the Arts (WIA) offers lessons to any KYCers who want to learn. Students can choose drums, guitar, piano, and more!
Mike instructing a talented pupil on her electric guitar!
Jamming on drums and piano!
Acoustic guitar performance!
Thank you Mike and WIA for these great programs. Every Thursday, the KYC sounds great!
Over school vacation, we offered an overnight to Camp Sentinel. We’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Brandon, who also works in our afterschool program, served as our host! Big thank you to Camp Sentinel for hosting 15 of us and providing great food and comfortable accommodations.
Gaga ball is a favorite at the KYC. Sentinel had a pit set up inside! It was wonderful to play in the warmth of Sentinel’s lodge.
We enjoyed sharing sessions, hot chocolate, and games around the fire!
The view from the Oak Hill Ledges is hard to beat! What a privilege to see it on a clear winter day!
Sentinel’s warm and comfortable lodge is a great place to relax with friends. Isn’t that was school vacation’s all about?
The group enjoyed a morning snowshoe to Dan Hole Pond! What a nice winter day!
We even finished a puzzle!
Foosball in the lodge.
An evening movie!
Thank you Camp Sentinel and all who joined us!