Cam­paign sur­passes $35,000 mark

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS - Liza Nel­son and Steve Serviss Cam­paign Co-chairs

What a big week for the cam­paign.

The Kins­men Club of Kingston’s sup­port of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area en­ables the club to con­tinue to op­er­ate its youth cen­tre, free for area teens. The Kins­men Club’s sup­port has boosted the Whig-Stan­dard/ Boys and Girls Club cam­paign to more than $36,000 to date. The Kins­men, who are big sup­port­ers of nu­mer­ous char­i­ties and causes through­out the years, have pledged $25,000 for the cam­paign, for the pur­poses of op­er­at­ing the youth cen­tre. In 2015, the Kins­men Club of Kingston pledged a three-year com­mit­ment of $25,000 to sup­port a youth cen­tre at the West End Hub of the Boys and Girls Club. In De­cem­ber 2016, with the as­sis­tance and part­ner­ship of the Jays Care Foun­da­tion, a re­vamped cen­tre opened in the west-end fa­cil­ity. This free cen­tre is open to all teenagers in the Kingston area.

Over the past year, there have been more than 225 reg­is­tered youth that visit the club each week.

“The re­sponse to the new youth cen­tre has been so pos­i­tive, and each day the youth come on their own ini­tia­tive,” Devin Reynolds, man­ager of youth pro­grams, said. “The new aca­demic sup­port pro­gram has been suc­cess­ful, with so many com­ing to get that ex­tra help that they may not get at school or home.”

A high school teacher is on staff Mon­day to Thurs­day from 3 to 6 p.m. to as­sist with drop-in home­work help or tu­tor­ing. This is avail­able to any teenager in the city and takes place in the Kins­men Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre.

The youth cen­tre cur­rently of­fers more than 22 hours a week of com­pletely free af­ter-school pro­gram­ming in a space de­voted to youth. It’s an at­mos­phere that fos­ters an in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment with ded­i­ca­tion to the growth and en­rich­ment of youth. The qual­ity and va­ri­ety of free pro­gram­ming con­tin­ues to grow with a new in­tro­duc­tion of a new record­ing mu­sic stu­dio and mu­sic pro­gram launch­ing in the sum­mer of 2017. The other pro­grams in­clude weekly vol­un­teer and ca­reer work­shops, in­clud­ing re­sume writ­ing and in­ter­view skills. The Po­lice Ath­letic League (PAL) con­tin­ues to be a pro­gram that is in high de­mand from the youth and fam­i­lies alike.

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area con­tin­ues to be the lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion to run Kingston’s first-ever free sports league for teenagers. The free sports league at­tracts more than 80 youth a week.

Re­cently, our youth cook­ing pro­gram ex­panded to fully em­brace the culi­nary arts, thus tak­ing the pro­gram to the next level. The pro­gram in­cludes menu plan­ning, bud­get­ing, gro­cery shop­ping, food prepa­ra­tion, fin­ish­ing and serv­ing. Re­cently, the youth cook­ing pro­gram served a cor­po­rate au­di­ence of 300 peo­ple at the an­nual Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence Speak­ers Se­ries fundrais­ing event for the Boys and Girls Club. The ap­pe­tiz­ers were all made and served by the youth mem­bers of the cook­ing club and led by James Rob­bins, culi­nary and well­ness co-or­di­na­tor. The club plans to ex­pand the culi­nary pro­gram in the fall of 2017.

Thank you to all our donors.

Our donors

Anonymous $50 Anonymous $100 Anonymous $100 A.J. Keilty $100 Queen’s Stu­dents on Broad­way $1,716 Ron­ald Holden $250 Barry Smith $100 In mem­ory of W. Ir­win Oul­la­han $200 Franceen Ber­ri­gan $100 Anonymous $50 Bill Coul­ter $150 Anonymous $750 Anonymous $10 Anonymous $25 John and Phyl­lis Rae $1,000 Anonymous $100 Anonymous $100 Anonymous $125 Glenn and Cyn­thia Rob­son $50 L. Dubuc $100 Doug Cox $75 Shirley Hen­der­son $100 Tag­gart Parkes Foun­da­tion $1,000 Anonymous $100 Anonymous $50 Al­lan Tat­ter­sall $100 Gail Ball $100 Anonymous $75 Jack Eller­back $100 Kar­sha Feijo $100 bTRUE Pub Night Event Break­out Project $287.90 Anonymous $100 Kins­men Club of Kingston-Youth Cen­tre $25,000 To­tal to date: $36,240.90

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