News Release



For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2002


County Executive Approves $25,600
to Benefit Youth Education Program in Beacon

Poughkeepsie… County Executive William R. Steinhaus has approved $25,600 for the Beacon Community Center to assist in funding their Youth Education and Development Program

According to County Executive Steinhaus, “This program is designed to provide after school homework and tutoring assistance classes, as well as supervised recreational activities for students in elementary through high school. We expect to reach nearly 200 students in the Beacon area this year through the Youth Education and Development Program.” 

There are three components to the Program:

In the After School Program, students are assigned to study areas where instruction is given in language, reading, writing, math, and communication skills. The staff focuses on helping the students to get a better understanding of their homework material, rather than just completing the assignments. Students receive a snack and a choice of computer time with educational software or other recreational activities. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to discuss their academic progress, behavior improvement, skills development and concerns with the staff.

The Summer Enrichment Program assists youth in developing and/or expanding fundamental social skills while providing quality child care service for working parents/guardians and ancillary support for children of families in crisis. By providing enjoyable and productive uses of extended free time, the children gain important socialization skills and parents/guardians have access too much needed childcare.

The Teen Recreation Program is designed for 13 to 19 year-olds, who are welcome to “drop in” and participate in active or passive activities, including basketball, table games, videos, music conversation, and informal discussion sessions with guest speakers. Open basketball sessions are held twice a week at local elementary schools.

“It is important to provide academic support and opportunities for positive social interaction for our children.  This program will help children develop good academic and social skills that will help them to be better prepared to succeed later in life,” said County Executive Steinhaus.

Beacon area residents interested in finding out more about this program can contact Felicia Walker, Executive Director of the Beacon Community Center, at (845) 831-6180.


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