December FYI Newsletter

Program Information and Hours: The Youth Center is a safe and secure drop-in program; you can relax with friends, play ping-pong or pool, watch TV, read and do homework, play PS4 games, and utilize the large computer lab. Daily hours throughout the school year are: Monday – Friday, 2:00pm – 7:00pm. The Youth Center is closed on Saturday & Sunday.

A Fond Farewell: Youth Center’s Director Retiring: Cheryl Massaro the Director of the Flagler County Youth Center and G.W Carver Community Center is retiring on December 31st. Cheryl opened the Youth Center on October 1st, 2005. Over the last 13 ½ years, Cheryl along with her staff have developed a programs for students to participate in, including one of the best summer camp programs in the area. In 2011, Massaro took over as director of the G.W. Carver Community Center, in a revitalization of the Carver Gym. Under her leadership the program has become extremely successful including the addition of the Road to Success program. Ms. Massaro would like to bid a “Fond Farewell and Thank You” to Flagler County School Board, and Flagler County Board of Commissioners, for making this dream a reality. Plus a “Special Thanks” to: all supporters, participants, families, and staff who helped build these wonderful programs for Flagler County youth and community.  

Student Advisory Council:. On Monday, November 26th, SAC Members: Raymond Cole, Daishawn Brown, and Students Working Against Tobacco Member: Kenidee Rabenstein, travelled to Rymfire Elementary School, after school, along with advisor Youth Center Director: Cheryl Massaro.  The purpose of this trip was to present Indoor Gardening Supplies to the Flagler Boys & Girls Club. Both SAC & SWAT donated these items as part of their AOK (Acts of Kindness) Project. Be sure to look for us and the Student’s Working Against Tobacco club in the 2018 Starlight Parade in Palm Coast Town Center.

Holiday Happening: The Youth Center will host its Holiday Happening” Give-A-Way on Tuesday, December 18th. Participants at the Youth Center will receive tickets to be entered into a drawing for free treats and a “Special Surprise”, celebrating this holiday season.  

March Motown Madness: Mark your calendars NOW, for Saturday March 23rd at 6:00pm. The Dinner Dance will feature music by the popular group “Traces of Gold.” The event is designed for everyone to have a super time, while raising funds for the George Washington Carver Foundation. Tickets are $50pp, and will be available at the Carver Community Center, the Flagler County Youth Center, as well as from every G.W. Carver Foundation board member. Save the date! The annual Motown Madness event will be on March 23rd at 6pm at the Carver Center.

Road to Success Program: RTS has helped 181 young adults earn their GEDs to date with 24 of those earning honors.   RTS is a year-round program and we are enrolling now for December. RTS enrolls 45 students per year, we focus on GED prep, life skills and pre-employment training. Over the last several months RTS has had 95% of students graduating with their GEDs and a job or post-secondary education. Events this month included: Students completed their First Aid & CPR certificates, Food Handlers Certificates, went to Daytona State College in Palm Coast for a tour and lunch, met with Flagler Technical Institute’s Travis Thomas for an program overview, Sayskids presented life training skills, Wells Fargo completed banking and financial literacy class.  Students, staff and quest also enjoyed a Thanksgiving Luncheon at Golden Corral. The new interns completed a month of, on-the-job training at the Habitat for Humanity’s thrift shop. Happy Holidays from the RTS staff. If you have any questions about our Youth Program please contact Taahira Lee, Case manager 437-7526 ext. 1189 or Brian Willard, Program Manager @ 386-437-8279.