YDC’s ultimate goal is to facilitate development of after-school and summer programs that will enhance the academic, social, personal and character development of Greene County Youth.
The After-School Program has demonstrated the great value of helping students in grades 3-7 with their academic, social and physical needs. YDC has expanded the program to serve some 48 students 4 days a week with a two-day session at Nathanael Greene Elementary and William Monroe Middle schools. The Nathanael Greene location serves our Ruckersville students as well. Professional staff and volunteers allow for personal mentoring, homework tutoring, enhancing reading and other skills, and character-building in an accepting environment. Thanks to staff and volunteers, our student to leader ratio averages 3 to 1.
YDC Summer Camp at Dover-Foxcroft
The YDC summer camp serves up to 48 students with three two-week camps. The camp content is focused on reading, social skills, learning about the community, lots of hands-on outdoor activities and FUN! Food and facilities are provided by local churches, families and Dover-Foxcroft. Our campers participate in many field trips including visiting the Library, Skyline Drive, farms, and the Sheriff’s Office and meeting with Deputies, Firemen and Rescue Squad personnel. The summer camp has helped many campers retain or enhance their reading skills giving them a great start when returning to school.
YDC provides scholarship funds for our students to have a chance to participate and experience new activities and programs in athletics, arts, science, and other fields. We want kids to reach out to their dreams.
Soap Box Derby
Promoting the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative in education through gravity racing, the Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) STEM Team program is designed to provide K-12 educators and students with meaningful, project- and standards-based, intercurricular learning opportunities. Educators are successfully implementing the GRC program in classrooms and after-school, summer or enrichment programs and clubs worldwide.
Funding for school teams participating and competing in the Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) program is being obtained through grants, partnerships, or donations with community organizations and businesses.
The mission of the Youth Development Council (YDC) Character Education Program is to increase the knowledge of moral principles that govern thinking, feeling and acting. The program focuses on internal values that determine outward positive behaviors and strives to close the gap between the two concepts through education, classroom discussion and positive reinforcement. As a team, YDC personnel are committed to developing moral principles within our students so that the community is strengthened from within.
YDC Character definition:
"Inward values that determine outward behaviors."
YDC has teamed up with TSgt Hilliard of the USAF for the YDC After-School Character Development Program. TSgt Hilliard has a passion to serve our local youth with his gift of Leadership.
Reinforce lessons learned from previous week by asking kids to recap what they learned and to give character definition. Reward those who can remember correctly. (Positive reinforcement) Ask if they have a positive example of living out the character trait given last week.
Teach new lesson. (Education)
Reinforce new material. Ask how they can apply the specific principle in the following locations (classroom discussion):
Close session with a recap of what they learned.
Prepare them to share how they lived out the
character trait they learned this week.
TSgt Michael Hilliard
Student Friendship Association
The Student Friendship Association (SFA) of the Youth Development Council is a group of high school students who volunteer as tutors, mentors and friends to help carry out the mission of the YDC.
YDC partners with local and state community
groups, individuals, and programs that help
benefit our students and YDC programs.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math