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.
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.
Board of Directors
President, Ron Morris - Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge in the 16th Judicial District of Virginia
Vice-President, Andrea Whitmarsh -Superintendent, Greene County Schools
Treasurer, Bishop Michael Jackson - Pastor, Emmanuel Christian Center
Secretary, Heather Myers
Barbara Nye – HOPE Tutoring Program
Carl Schmitt - President, Public Safety Foundation
Rev. Chuck Winner - Pastor, Stanardsville United
Pete Costigan - Board of Directors of JABA
Heather Myers - Nutrition Coordinator
Rev. Den. Kathryn Thomas
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Michael Alley a former high school football coach, teacher, and career youth minister is on his 7th 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.
In The News!
YDC After-School Wrap-Up
This fall the YDC students are once again together in person. The after-school program started almost at full capacity and now is serving 48 students from Nathanael Greene Elementary, Ruckersville Elementary, and William Monroe Middle schools. The returning students were excited to be back as well as our new 3rd and 4th grade students.
The YDC students are receiving homework and reading assistance, enjoying some outdoor activities, working on character development, being creative with art and STEM projects, and eating healthy snacks. Three JMU Occupational Therapy students have joined us on Thursdays to help students learn about controlling their emotions through games, projects, and activities. Our student to leader ratio averages 2 to 1. This low ratio helps us to better serve and connect with students especially with homework assistance.
YDC Summer Camp a Blast!
A surprising number of thirty-six students attended the 2021 YDC summer camp! Both elementary and middle schoolers were able to enjoy two weeks of camp each. All four weeks of camp took place on the 80-acre Dover-Foxcroft Farm property. Many local churches, businesses, and families provided free snacks and lunches for the campers. The “Lunch Dinners”, named by our campers, had our campers enjoying seconds and sometimes thirds.
The YDC campers experienced over thirty activities!