Last week in our life-skills program, we hosted mock job interviews.
Four participants ‘stepped up to the plate,’ and offered to be the interviewees(Zachary acted as the interviewer). The rest of the group was tasked with rating each interview based on specific criteria. The winner got a prize!
Interviewees had to ‘step into the office’ and greet the interviewer.
Peers observed and rated the interview from one to five on the following:
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Show that they’re familiar with the job and the company.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____Sat Straight and demonstrated engagement through positive body language.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Not chew gum.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Greet the interviewer by title and name (e.g. Mara or Zachary).
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Give a firm handshake.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Make and maintain eye contact.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Speak clearly, avoiding lots of “ums” and “likes.”
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Show enthusiasm for the job and smile.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Answer all the questions.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Describe strengths, skills, and/or achievements.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Discuss previous experiences as they relate to the job.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Ask good questions about the job.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Say thank you at the end of the interview.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____Total each column
“Would you please tell me a bit about yourself?”
“Why do you want to work at[Best Buy]?”
“Please tell me about your work experience.”
“Do you have any questions for me?”
Everyone did a great job. With practice, KYCers will be naturals when it comes time to interview for employment!
Last night in our BTAS! (beyond the after-school) program, we offered ‘pick-a-project!’ Students who stayed until 7:00 PM chose between painting, jewelry making, woodworking, and baking. A very fun afternoon!
A variety of beads and materials allowed for limitless jewelry making possibilities.
Painting wooden hearts for Valentines Day!
Nice! These will make great gifts, or additions to our own jewelry collections.
Several students worked on small wood projects.
As a team we completed a bigger community project; a clothing rack for the KYC Kloset!
Working together on our clothing rack.
Measure twice, cut once!
Teamwork made for ‘short-work’ in building our clothing rack!
Painting was the last step.
Well done KYC’ers! (Just missing the mettle hanging rod, which was inserted once the paint dried).
Others worked in the kitchen baking!
Pumpkin Pie and Blondies for desert. Lasagnas on the bottom were our dinner.
What a fun (and busy!) evening! Thanks to all who participated.
Substance Free Me! Essay Contest
This is your entry form! essay contest entry form
Please print or pick up at the KYC, sign, and turn in with your entry (either drop off at the KYC or scan and email).
Substance Free Me! Essay Contest
Sponsored by White Horse Addiction Center
Hosted by White Horse Addiction Center and The Kingswood Youth Center
Students in grades 7-12 in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (home school students from GWRSD towns too!), this is your chance to get in the running to win a $100 Visa Card and be an honorary guest at White Horse’s Freedom Event Dinner on April 6, 2018.
Write a 300-700 word essay answering the following:
White Horse and KYC staff will judge your work based on your ideas and inspired/ thought-provoking response. Writing quality will be secondary and will be weighted based on grade level (we realize that a senior has had five more years of English class than a 7th grader and won’t hold that against a 7th grader!). The most important thing is that you think hard about the questions and write your essay in a way that lets the judges understand your ideas.
By signing this form, I am promising that this is my (my child’s) original work and is not plagiarized or written by anyone other than the student whose name and signature appear below.
By signing this form, I am giving White Horse Addiction Center and The Kingswood Youth Center permission to quote, reproduce, publish, or otherwise use my (my child’s) work, through means to include, but not limited to, publication in print and online.
By signing this form, I am agreeing to allow my name (my child’s name) to be announced if I am (he or she is) selected as the winner.
Student’s name: ____________________________________________________
Student’s signature: _____________________________________Date:___________
Parent/Guardian signature: __________________________________Date:_________
We’ve just returned from a snowshoe adventure to Knights Pond! This was one of our BTAS! programs (those programs that take place in the evenings, weekends, school vacations, and holidays).
Knights pond is such a beautiful spot. Perhaps even more so in the winter!
We continued along the trail around the pond.
There are many fine viewpoints along the way!
KYC initials on the shore of the pond! Nice!
What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon. After the hike, we headed to the KYC for pizza. Thanks to all who participated. Our next BTAS! program is ‘pick a project’ on Wednesday evening!
Last week our Teen Council led an activity for the entire group. The Teen Council is a group of student leaders who choose to take on extra responsibility and help to make the KYC a better place.
We used our snowshoes to get around the KYC’s property in deep snow. It was a good chance to practice using our snowshoes, as we use these to walk trails, climb mountains, and to reach beautiful places in the winter.
Some Teen Council members and their peers. This was their challenge:
Directions: Groups of 3 or 4, make sure one group member has a camera. At least one group member must wear snowshoes for the outdoor parts. Complete as many tasks on the list as possible in 30 minutes. Student leaders will judge and a prize will be awarded to the group who completes the most!
This was a great way to enjoy time outside in the winter. Thank you Teen Council for planning this activity. The Teen Council will meet again today!
Thank you so much to New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Miles Hodsdon Vernon Foundation for generous support of our operations. These contributions go a long way in supporting our mission to serve local youth!
Yesterday we hosted a twilight snowshoe as a BTAS! (beyond the after school) program. What a fun winter night!
Tons of snow behind the KYC! Good thing we have a fleet of snowshoes!
Geared up with warm clothes, snowshoes, and head-lamps, we were ready to hit the trail!
We left from our own backyard. We all appreciated that it was a fairly mild night!
We started by breaking trail in the deep snow on our own trail. Our members helped to build the nature trail behind the KYC.
Next, we reached the Cotton Valley Rail Trail. Walking got easier as the trail is well packed by other snowshoers, skiers, and snowmobiles. We were still glad to have our snowshoes for stability and traction.
Afterwards we returned to the KYC to warm up and eat desert! What a fun night! Thanks for participating everyone! We snowshoe again on Friday, January 19th!
During holiday break, we hosted two full days of BTAS! (beyond the afterschool) programs!
We played a New Year’s Resolution game. We started by talking about goal setting and New Years resolutions. Then, we each wrote one Resolution on a piece of paper. Mara and Zachary drew resolutions, read them off, and challenged members to guess who they belonged to. Lots of fun!
We worked on wish flags. Many people who visit the center notice the wish flags on our wall. We worked to make sure the flags reflect our current members’ wishes.
We went sledding at the Nick. Cold weather made for a fast ride!
We played games, including Risk, Wii, and Fort Wars. A great way to spend a cold vacation day!
We practiced our job interviewing skills in a fun and informative life-skills activity.
We socialized with rescue animals (including this energetic rat terrier!) at the Lakes Region Humane Society.
What great ways to spend a couple of winter vacation days! If you know a KRHS or KRMS who missed out on the fun, check out our BTAS! schedule to learn more! http://thekyc.org/news/beyond-the-after-school-btas/
Last week, we saw our members off for their vacations with a holiday celebration!
We were able to offer pizza from Louis’ Pizza. The pizza was provided by a donation from one of our food donors! Thank you! Louis offered free drinks! Thanks!
Each member got a gift as our token of appreciation for them! The blanket came from Project Blanket, a donation facilitated by one of our Board members. Thank you!
Dunkin Donuts gift cards came for White Horse Addiction Center and our good friend Eric! Thank you!
We threw in bags of candy, including some delicious chocolates!
We hosted a White Elephant, using fun and silly gifts from the KYC!
In some Indian cultures, White Elephants are sacred. They are an honorable gift to bestow on another. The catch is that because they are sacred, they may not be used for work. Therefore, the recipient must feed and clean up after a very big animal, but will get no help from it! Some of the gifts in a white elephant gift swap feel that way; prized, but unwanted.
2017 was a great year at the KYC. Thanks to everyone who helped out and participated! Let’s make 2018 even better! Happy New Year!
Last week our BTAS! program took us to the Wright Museum for the Festival of Trees. Thank you Festival Trees Committee for hosting our group!
Part of our group standing around the KYC’s own tree! The theme for the KYC’s tree was BTAS! (beyond the after-school) programs. BTAS! programs are those programs, which the KYC offers in addition to our after-school program. These programs take place on weekends, during school vacations, on holidays, and in the evening. All programs come with a meal and are free to Kingswood high school and middle school students!
The Festival of Trees is hosted to support two worthy beneficiaries. (The KYC had this opportunity/honor in 2002 and 2015. Thank you Festival of Trees Committee!). This year, L.I.F.E Ministries Food Pantry was one of the worthy beneficiaries. What a creative ‘tree’ L.I.F.E Ministries Food Pantry displayed! Congrats on benefiting from this event and a big thank you for all that L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry does to help our community.
The other beneficiary was Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association (WARA). The picture above is of our group enjoying WARA’s public facility, ‘The Nick.” Thanks WARA for being great neighbors and for supporting youth, athletics, fitness, and fun in our community.
We watched some very talented dancers. Thanks for putting on a great show!
What a fun and holiday-spirited evening in BTAS! Happy Holidays!