Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced awards totaling $15,000 to Dutchess County YMCA to offer City Club in Poughkeepsie and Pawling Tween & Teen Clubs after school youth programs.
“We are pleased to direct funding to the YMCA for these programs which help promote Developmental Assets by providing a sense of belonging and connecting young people to positive adult role models,” says County Executive Steinhaus.
City Club is a supervised drop-in center for youth ages 10 to 15 held at the YMCA in Poughkeepsie. The program provides a variety of after school recreational activities including homework help, values development activities, games, sports, field trips and community service activities. The City Club program is designed to help young people improve interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, coping skills and the ability to work together. The program also promotes youth interest in civic responsibility through volunteer programs.
Pawling Tween & Teen Clubs is a YMCA program featuring four different clubs that meet weekly and are designed to attract youth with appealing activities and address compelling needs. There is the Creative Cooks Club where youth can plan, prepare, eat, clean up and evaluate healthy meals. The Earth Service Groups lets young people learn about environmental issues and local ecology. They have the opportunity to develop and carry environmentally related community service projects. The Youth & Government Club members discuss and debate issues, draft legal briefs, consult with lawyers and legislators and participate in conference and mock government. There is also the Y Leaders Club which helps to develop youth leadership skills by participating in conferences, planning & leading games and engaging in community service.
“Programs such as City Club and Pawling Tween & Teen Clubs allow our youth to be creative, cultivate new talents and learn the importance of service to the community. The new skills they gain help to shape them into involved and contributing community members,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.
Funds are provided under provisions of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.