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ABOUT

 

Purpose and Mission of the Youth Development Council of Greene County

 

The purpose of the Youth Development Council of Greene County, Inc. is to respond to the concerns of the community about the perceived lack of comprehensive youth development programming. “Comprehensive youth development” as used here means an everyday after-school and summer program which provides opportunities and programs to enhance the academic, social, personal and spiritual development of the children and youth who attend.

Child Safety

 

Stanardsville Area Community Safety Initiative (SACSI) began in 2012 under the leadership of Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Morris to engage the community in an effort to determine how best to improve public safety in the Stanardsville area. Several public forums were held, with up to 100 people participating, and a Steering Committee was organized to investigate further steps to promote community safety. One major theme emerging from those meetings was that the county’s youth have few options for after-school activities due primarily to the lack of any comprehensive youth development program. Consequently, SACSI identified after-school and summer youth activities as the highest priority need for enhancing public safety in the community.

​Our Staff



Board of Directors

President, Heather Suzanne - Life and Health Coach

Vice-President, Andrea Whitmarsh -Superintendent, Greene County Schools

Treasurer, Bishop Michael Jackson - Pastor, Emmanuel Christian Center

Secretary, Barbara Nye

 

Board Members

Bert Nye

Carl Schmitt

Catherine Thomas

Kathryn Thomas

 

Advisory Council

Pauline Atkinson

Win Consolvo

Roy Dye

Charlotte Gilbert

Nancy Haney

Shalita Kenney

Jeremy Lamm

Dumisile Martin

Lauren Schwenk 

Gretchen Stelling

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Give us a call:

434.760.4322

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Executive Director

Michael Alley

 

Michael Alley a former high school football coach, teacher, youth minister, and current Student Success Program coordinator for Greene County Schools is on his 10th year as the Executive Director for the Youth Development Council of Greene County. He oversees the overall operation of the YDC after-school and summer camp programs. The program is designed on the needs and interests of the students and their parents. The YDC staff and volunteers shares his same love and care for kids.

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In The News!

YDC After-School Wrap-Up

 

 The YDC After-School program kicked off the New Year the week of January 29th. The students were happy to be back and we were glad to see them! The students celebrated “Kindness Week” by making Valentine posters and cards for nursing home residents and friends. They also shared the meaning of Valentine’s day during our “Share Time” period. WMHS student Mia Luellen joined us for another session of “Kids Go Global.” Mia’s presentation was entitled “Help Our Elders” followed by filling baskets with games and puzzles for elders at the Grace Health and Rehab Center.

 The WMMS students are currently working on the Soap Box Derby car with Corey Cummings. Corey’s wife is the STEM teacher at NGES. We are looking forward to racing again this spring and possibly summer. First Tee Golf will be leading character development activities through the game of golf and finishing up with a trip to Highlands Golf. Anna Martin of Transformation Freedom Initiative will be leading four sessions on human trafficking designed for our age groups… Child Safety Matters (CSM) and Teen Safety Matters (TSM).

A Big Thank You to the YDC Staff, Volunteers, Churches, and Local Organizations as well as the many Teachers that kept us up to date on their students and providing us homework and upcoming project activities.

The 2023 YDC Summer Camp theme was

“Great Value” 

"Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth."

 

This summer the YDC campers were encouraged to see we all have

"Value"

The YDC campers experienced over thirty activities! Character Building, Outdoor Games, Swimming, Fishing, and every Activity imaginable continued to make this the best summer camp around.  Some of the camp’s highlights were Fencing, Bee Keeping, Cooking with a Budget, and serving Feeding Greene and a Community Garden.

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