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 5th 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 Summer Camp a Blast!
What do you get with 6 YDC staff members, 25 YDC volunteers, 35 elementary students, 20 middle school students, 7 churches, and sprinkle in some community support? YDC Summer CAMP 2019! It is hard to believe that this was our sixth summer of YDC camp.
YDC After-School Wrap-Up
The Youth Development Council spring after-school program finished the second semester serving 48 students in grades three to five from Ruckersville Elementary and Nathanael Greene Elementary schools as well as serving 12 students at William Monroe Middle school! Homework and Tutoring, Reading, Snack Making, Arts and Music, Character Discussions, and Team Building activities helped make this another successful semester. The dedicated staff and volunteers were able to give students extra attention by having a 3 to 1 or lower student to leader ratio! There were many days that students received one on one support with their homework. Keeping track of individual student reading levels, 81% of our YDC students increased their reading level. The overall attendance was excellent at 90%.