The Glens Falls Area Youth Center is a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged youth in the Greater Glens Falls, New York area through a wide variety of educational, recreational and life-skills programs(including after school snacks and dinner each day), completely free of charge.
The children who are members of the center are a diverse assortment of cultures, ethnicities, belief systems and personalities. However, many of them are ostracized, bullied, and not expected to achieve much of anything. They are the definition of underdogs; left out of what some people believe are the important clicks in school. Many are unwanted and people have very low expectations for them.
Here, they are welcomed, wanted and —most importantly—they are loved. Everyone deserves to feel that way.
Working in human services presents an idiosyncratic challenge. After the doors are closed for the night, you are faced with the task of coming up with ways to raise money to ensure that the doors will open up again the following day.
The Youth Center provides youngsters with faith that there are people who believe in them and their dreams, hope for a brighter future and—most importantly— the love that most of them have never been given. I am optimistic that you will feel the same way.