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, 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
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Michael Alley a former high school football coach, teacher, youth minister, and current Student Success Program coordinator for Greene County Schools is on his 9th 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 spring the YDC students finished their Restaurant Theme projects! Students designed a themed restaurant by designing a logo, theme, building, and uniforms. Also, our entreprenuers set food costs and learned how to use marketing techniques. The YDC 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. Seven 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.
The 2023 YDC Summer Camp theme was
"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
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.