Glens Falls Area Youth Center – Give Back Program | Give back
The Glens Falls Area Youth Center is a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged youth (grades 5 to 12) in Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties through a wide variety of educational, recreational and learning programs. of life, including after school snacks and one dinner each. day— completely free.
Our doors opened in 1968. Since that time, we have successfully served over 100,000 children; we have served more than 750,000 meals and supervised more than 31,000 students,
The children who are members of the center are a diverse mix of cultures, races, ethnicities, belief systems and personalities. They are also at risk; many of them are ostracized, intimidated and shouldn’t accomplish much. The majority of our members come from low income families; 90 percent fall below the poverty line.
At the Youth Center, they are welcomed, sought after and, above all, loved. Everyone deserves to feel this.
Our health and wellness program, which helps children become healthier physically, mentally and emotionally, merges a mix of recreation, life skills and awareness. Many of our members deal with issues that may prevent them from thriving, such as anxiety, depression, struggles with anger management, and food insecurity. Through the health and wellness program, we help children learn to manage their emotions using appropriate coping skills, ensure food security, focus on self-care (including setting up ‘goals, healthy habits, exercise and personal hygiene), to unleash their imaginations through art and instill the importance of empathy and compassion.
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Our Future-Oriented Mind, Body and Spirit education program helps children grow and flourish physically, mentally and emotionally. It is based on the philosophy of Springfield College, Alma affair of our beloved former executive director Matt Congdon, where the goal is to educate the whole person. At the Youth Center, we believe that education is the key to future success. Many of our members are the first in their families to graduate from high school or attend university. We have always provided tutoring every day as well as support for those starting the university application process. We are always working hard to make our educational program stronger and more attractive to our members.
We want to bridge the gap between ambition and opportunity to break the generational cycle of poverty.
Children are an essential part of the future of our community. Someday these young men and women might work at Glens Falls Hospital, helping you when you are most vulnerable; stimulate economic development by creating their own businesses; or educate the next generation as a teacher. It is of the utmost importance that we invest in it, because when our children thrive, so will our community.
The youth center offers young people the faith that there are people who believe in them and their dreams, hope for a better future and, above all, the love that most of them never received. I am optimistic that you will feel the same.
If you would like to donate to help our cause, please visit our website: gfyouthcenter.org
You can also send a check to:
Glens Falls Area Youth Center