The Keene Family YMCA and Takodah are collaborating on a program for at-risk middle school students. The Y-Y.E.S. (Youth. Enrichment. Support) Program is funded by an NH Empower Youth Program Grant, which the Keene Family YMCA applied for and received. The grant provides funding for programs, which support those students who may be at risk especially during this pandemic crisis. Y-YES will be a free program focused on our local middle school students especially those students deemed vulnerable. The program will take place at the Keene Family YMCA and at Camp Takodah and is open to students who reside in Keene and Swanzey NH.
Kathy Batchelder, Heritage Travel Director, and Nick Wheeler, Outdoor Education Director, will be spearheading Takodah YMCA participation in the collaboration. They have been meeting with staff at the Keene Family YMCA to develop schedules and programming that will take place at Camp Takodah later in the fall. Y-Y.E.S. will have components that support and enhance academics, leadership, drug awareness and prevention, health, and well being, as well as social responsibility, which all speak to the YMCA’s mission.
Students will meet Friday evenings at the Keene Family YMCA and Saturday mornings at Camp Takodah on specific dates in November and December. Students who commit and participate in the program will be given a free year membership to the Keene Family Y. Registrations are available through the Keene Family YMCA.
Takodah YMCA and Keene Family YMCA are very excited about this collaboration and are looking forward to many more.