The Kingswood Youth Center’s staff and volunteers are committed to creating a constructive environment providing teens the opportunity to explore interests, gain competency, and assume leadership roles. Programs offer the opportunity to explore interests that may not be available to them otherwise.
KYC has been serving youth, ages 12 to 18, in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District for nearly 20 years!
It is a place for them to relax, socialize with friends, and participate in a variety of recreational, educational and FUN activities.
A hot meal is served daily and members choose from a menu of ever-changing programs that include; cooking and nutrition, snowshoeing, skating, hiking, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, arts and crafts, music, life skills and career exploration, community services, and more. Teaching life skills and substance misuse prevention are important program objectives. A Teen Council is comprised of a group of members who show leadership and help to run programs at the center.
The 3000 square foot building rests on several acres in Wolfeboro, adjacent to miles of hiking trails and beautiful beaches all of which can be taken advantage of by our youth members. The KYC van enables us to take the members offsite.
Above and beyond all the fun offered daily at KYC, the objectives of all the programs are rooted in the core values that include responsibility, empowerment, compassion, and respect. Members have a voice at KYC and this will be their place to enjoy for many years to come!
The Kingswood Youth Center offers after school programs, offering teens a safe and fun space to spend time together and engage in many types of activities.
The Youth Center is open to 7th through 12th grade students in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. After school programs run Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 4:45 PM. Students are transported to and from the Center via GWRSD buses or may be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian. A hot meal is provided each afternoon. Programs are free to all KRMS and KRHS students.
In addition to what’s on the calendar, we have foosball, basketball, bocce ball, art projects, puzzles, music, board games, ping pong, trail walks, snowshoeing, cooking and lots more to choose from. See below for some great pictures!
After years of offering occasional programs outside of the after school period, in 2015 the KYC committed to offering regular BTAS! programs. These additional programs are hosted on weekends, during evening hours, during school vacations, and on holidays. Each year the KYC even hosts a few overnight trips! BTAS! programs have included hiking, beach trips, field days, farm trips, dinner and movie nights, and much more. These programs are announced on an ongoing basis at the Middle School and the High School. Click below for a schedule of upcoming programs.
When school gets out for summer vacation the fun and learning at the KYC does not stop! The KYC offers a full schedule of summer programs, all of which are free to high school and middle schoolers in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. Summer programs consist of fun and valuable field trips. Participants climb mountains, take group bike rides, visit museums, attractions, and beautiful places, and do a whole lot of swimming! The summer schedule is typically posted under the BTAS! tab at the end of May.
Club 121 is a pilot program which was added to the KYC’s program lineup in January 2019. The program’s fun name denotes the important fact that services are provided on a one-to-one (121…get it?!) basis. Middle schoolers enrolled in Club 121 are paired with an adult mentor from the KYC’s staff. Everyone needs the support of an entire community as they navigate the challenges of growing up. Through Club 121, adult mentors provide some of this support by acting as advocates in middle schoolers’ lives. Mentors and mentees work together to create strategies for academic success, set meaningful goals, explore productive interests, foster positive relationships with family and peers, and ensure success for high school and beyond. Mentoring sessions take place in the middle school during the school day and consist of guided discussions and formal goal setting and self-exploration activities. The KYC is optimistic that this program will expand and flourish well beyond this important and valuable pilot phase.