Health and Wellness Program
What is more important than your health? Nothing really comes to mind.
One of our biggest fundraising goals at the moment is to expand our Health and Wellness Program, which fuses together a blend of recreation, life skills and enlightenment.
Here, at the Youth Center, the population that we serve mostly consists of disadvantaged children who reside in Washington, Warren and Saratoga Counties. Many of these kids have rough home situations and most people have already counted them out in life. So many are plagued with anger issues, don’t have the money or knowledge to keep themselves clean and lack coping skills to be successful in the real world. Our goal is to help our young men and women become healthier physically, mentally and emotionally.
Recreation is vital; it’s what initially draws kids inside our doors. We have a weight lifting/workout area and a basketball court where we run dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey and several games that have been created with a touch of imagination. We provide an environment where kids aren't ridiculed for lack of athleticism; many of our kids dislike gym because they are not treated well by their peers and even, at times, the coaches. Each day we host workout sessions that teach youngsters how to treat their bodies well and help them gain healthy habits, which will hopefully help them throughout their lives. Recreation also provides them with an outlet to unleash stress and anger and also provides mental clarity and relaxation; keys to unlock a healthier future.
We always have an assortment of hygiene products on hand and we also teach kids how to use them. Believe it or not there are so many of our members, even high schoolers, who don’t understand how to clean themselves, use deodorant or keep their mouth clear of cavities.
Art is also an essential piece within our Health and Wellness Program puzzle. Each week the children who attend the center are able to participate in various projects, which teach them patience and help many of them find some peace.
Health and Wellness is an area that we’ve been building on for several years now and we will continue to do so in the years to come.
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. Investing in these kids, in our organization, is investing in a brighter future and ensures that the youth center will continue to be around for generations to come.
Not sure how to help our cause? You certainly can't go wrong donating to assist us with this program.
Have a happy and healthy day!