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COVID-19 Response

i Apr 14th by

Like so many organizations, the KYC’s operations have dramatically changed owed to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Our response has three major facets: 1. first and foremost is the safety of our community members, staff, and other stakeholders; 2. we acknowledge that this is a challenging time for everyone, including the youth and families we serve and want to use our resources to provide safe and appropriate support; 3. we realize that following the pandemic, the demand for the KYC’s services is likely to increase and we are working to build capacity and improve our resources in preparation for meeting that demand.

Health and Safety:

  • We have closed our facility and are not allowing the public to enter our building.  Our outdoor rec equipment (playground) is also closed at this time.
  • We have thoroughly disinfected our building, outdoor ‘high touch surfaces,’ and our bus.
  • Staff members are serving the Center’s mission remotely when possible and are always practicing social distancing.

Supporting our Teens:

  • Each Thursday between 3:00 and 6:00 PM, teens are encouraged to pick up ‘care packages,’ from the KYC’s covered porch.  These packages weigh 30-50lbs and include groceries, household necessities, toiletries, treats, and more.
  • Each Monday between 3:00 and 6:00 PM we host ‘call-in’ hours during which KYC members are encouraged to call to check in with staff members.
  • Each week we are hosting a weekly contest, in which members can text or email in entries for a chance to win a prize.
  • We are hosting virtual programs using video conferencing.
  • We are releasing weekly videos to check in with our participants.
  • We are constantly looking for other safe, healthy, and meaningful ways to support teens and their families.

Working Towards a Better Future:

  • We are working to raise funds and to build capacity to meet the needs of teens in the aftermath of the pandemic.  This includes building on our fundraising plans and further developing our programs.
  • We are working to improve our facility, which just passed a 10 year anniversary!  Our beautiful facility is ‘well loved,’ and we are working to ready it for many more years of fun and learning.

Prevention Wednesday!

i Apr 8th by

Please check out this prevention video from our friend Eric from White Horse Recovery!  Thanks Eric!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/7a7ZLRvEpa65nEvo6

Weekly Care Packages!

i Apr 6th by

We are so pleased that families of KYC participants have been taking advantage of our weekly care packages!  These packages consist of groceries, toiletries, household essentials, activities and treats.  Each package weighs about 20-30 lbs. and is free to the families of KYC participants.  Packages may be picked up from the KYC’s covered porch between 3:00 and 6:00 PM each Thursday.

Some highlights from care packages: Ice cream and cones!  Chicken and Turkeys!  Toilet Paper!  Homemade Take-Home Science Kits!  Fresh Fruit and Veggies!  So much more!

We hope this small favor makes these challenging times just a bit easier.  Stay safe and healthy!

 

Missing Everyone!

i Apr 1st by

What a disappointment it’s been to have to close our regular programs!  That said, we are proud of our teens, families, and community members for adjusting to sudden changes and doing their parts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  During school closures, we are offering a series of ‘remote opportunities’ for our youth!

Call-in hours!-Each Monday, we encourage our teens to call (603) 273-6643 between 3:00 and 6:00 PM.  We just want to say ‘hi,’ we promise we won’t talk your ear off!

Once a week, we’ll post a video message to our community.

Each week we will host a contest.  You can text (603) 273-6643 or email info@thekyc.org with your submissions.  Those who submit will be entered in a prize drawing and the winner will have a prize mailed to them!  This week’s contest: submit a KYC appropriate joke! Have your joke in before Wednesday April 8.

Care Packages!  Each Thursday, care packages will be available to KYCers and their families for pick up between 3:00 and 6:00 PM.  They will consist of groceries, house hold necessities, and treats and can be picked up from our covered porch.

Please be safe and healthy and we’ll look forward to hearing from you soon!

Wishing you well!

i Mar 26th by

Greetings KYCers and community members, we want to wish everyone well during these uncertain times.  Our daily lives have quickly changed as we adapt to ‘social distancing’ and work as a community to end the spread of COVID-19.  We realize that this is a very hard time for families who are coping with school and childcare closures, business closures and interruptions, shortages, and concern for loved ones.  It is heart breaking to have to postpone so many of the KYC’s services at a time when service to our community is so important.  In the coming weeks, we hope to find ways to support our members and families from afar when appropriate.

We are very proud of our youth members for their flexibility and courage in navigating these challenging times.  We know that the process of acclimating to remote learning and other day-to-day challenges is an experience that will help prepare our students for their roles as our future leaders.

We wish everyone health, safety and overall wellness!

School Closure

i Mar 16th by

The Kingswood Youth Center’s after-school programs, Beyond the After School programs (BTAS!), and Club 121 mentoring services are canceled until Monday, May, 4 while Governor Wentworth Schools are closed.  We acknowledge that these closures could be prolonged as the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic evolve.

We wish our students and community members good health and have sympathy for families as they navigate current challenges and uncertainties.

KYC’s Annual Ice Skating Trip!

i Mar 5th by

Every year the KYC takes a trip to Pop Whalen Ice Arena for an afternoon of ice skating. This year, 21 KYC’ers were able to skate and we had so much fun! Everyone was at very different levels; from first time skating, to seasoned skaters, and yet… we all had a blast! Teens were helping each other out and having so much fun. When people needed a break, they joined in on the UNO game that was going on on the benches.

After skating we came back to KYC for dinner, relaxing, and enjoying each other’s company. We are already looking forward to next year’s trip! Thanks to Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation for making this possible!

 

School Vacation Programs at the KYC!

i Mar 3rd by

We offered two wonderful days of programs during February vacation!  On Wednesday we enjoyed a hike to Moody Mountain, the highest point in Wolfeboro!  Following our hike we enjoyed a movie night.  We showed the movie Middle School (how appropriate!).

 On Thursday, we devoted a day to cooking and meal planning!  Students planned a meal, took a trip to Hannaford to shop, cooked the meal, and enjoyed it with friends!  We learned about planning, budgeting, cooking, and shopping.  Thanks for everyone who joined us for school vacation!

Presidential Trivia!

i Feb 19th by

Presidential trivia has become a fun and informative Presidents Day Tradition here at the KYC!  It made for a fun game with prizes on Monday! Test your knowledge! (answers below picture).

Who was the first President of the United States?

How many US Presidents died in office?

What President served for the shortest duration?  The longest?

Who was the heaviest President? Lightest?

Who is the current President of the United States?

What President shared a first name with a current KYC staff member?

Which President was nicknamed “Ike?”

Which President was also a Hollywood actor?

Who was the only President to resign?

 

 

 

 

George Washington; Eight; Shortest, William Henry Harrison-Longest, Franklin D. Roosevelt; Heaviest, William H. Taft-Lightest, James Madison; Donald Trump; Zachary Taylor; Dwight Eisenhower; Ronald Reagan; Richard Nixon.

A Visit from Singer/Songwriter, Emma Jedow!

i Feb 17th by

Last Wednesday, we hosted a very special opportunity here at the KYC; singer/songwriter Emma Jedow, visited our afterschool program to share her music and message.  Sixteen-year-old Jedow from New Boston, NH, has appeared on New Hampshire Idol, WMUR Channel Nine News, various radio segments, and in her original YouTube music video which recently passed 100,000 views!

Like many teens, Jedow has been a victim of cyberbullying. For Jedow, music became the outlet that let her overcome these challenges. Her original song, The Death of a Taylor Swift Wannabe, explores the realities of cyber-bullying. Emma now uses her talents and experiences to help teens understand and overcome the impacts of cyber-bullying. She volunteers her time and talents to speak to teens about these realities.

After Emma introduced herself and three supporting family members to the KYC’s audience, the staff queued up Jedow’s video on the Center’s smart TV. Jedow explained the meaning of her original lyrics and how her experiences inspired her writing. KYC participants posed questions to Jedow such as, “what inspired you to get into music,” and “what advice do you have for teens experiencing cyberbullying?” Jedow advised KYC participants that victims of cyber-bullying should speak up, strive to find a positive outlet, and realize that they are not alone, they have people who care about them, and that the bullying will stop. The final line of her music video has become the mantra behind Jedow’s efforts: “all cures begin with love.”

The KYC is very grateful for Emma’s music and message.  The Death of a Taylor Swift Wannabe has been incorporated into the KYC’s after school programs, BTAS! programs, and individual mentoring services.  We’ve spent time looking at how peer-to-peer interactions today differ from those that existed a decade or two ago.  We’ve also looked at the juxtaposition between the events shown in Emma’s video and Emma’s real life experience.  Both stories start the same, with a teen experiencing cyber-bullying.  However, while Emma tells the story of a fictional victim facing the worst-case senario, taking her own life, Emma’s real life example is one of hope and inspiration.  Through her music and message, Emma has inspired many young people in New Hampshire and beyond.

The Kingswood Youth Center is proud to have exposed local teens to Jedow’s work, which demonstrates how young people have a voice and can use it in profound ways. More information about Jedow can be found at emmajedow.com or on Instagram @emmajedow