Happy Holidays from everyone here at the BTC!
Last week, we celebrated “Teensgiving” at the teen center and had a pretty great turn out (there were only a few leftovers!). The AmeriCorps members, Kayla and Amanda, and their lovely supervisor, Paul, worked hard all morning and afternoon on Tuesday before Thanksgiving to put together the meal which ranged from ham to mashed potatoes to Polish broccoli. Before the meal, each teen and adult shared what they were thankful for which could be explained no other way but a humbling experience. Many of the youth expressed gratitude for the BTC and the people who worked there everyday. Some thanked us for keeping the space open and accepting as well as safe. None of these words were prompted, which made them all the more special and heartwarming, especially for the staff.
It is now December 1, and the holiday push is officially in full swing. We got a head start by making mason jar crafts with the youth yesterday which will continue throughout the remainder of the week for the youth who are interested! There will be a new craft/gift making opportunity available weekly at the BTC for the rest of December. Of course, none of this would be possible without the wonderful and generous Montpelier community who donated all of the supplies from jars and glasses, all the way down to beads and buttons! It really wouldn’t have been possible without them!
One final announcement, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America are having an Art Contest and asked us to submit a piece of artwork made by our youth, so we are going to first, have our own contest down at the BTC! All submissions are due by January 4, 2017, to a BTC staff member, they will then be hung and voted on (through a number system) of whose art should go onto the BGCA Art Competition on January 30th with the possibility of moving onto the National Competition! Let us know if you have any further questions!
Enjoy the holidays!
We’ll be holding the Personal Responsibility Education Program starting on June 28th and running every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2:30 until July 21. The course is funded by the VT Dept. of Health and VT Dept. of Education and works to equip young people with the skills they need to be personally responsible when it comes to dating and sex. The class is part sex-ed and we also talk about healthy relationships and dating, delay and refusal skills in regards to sex, that most teens choose abstinence, and teaching the use of contraceptives to reduce the risk of HIV, STD, and unplanned pregnancies. We also discuss gender and sexuality in a welcoming, affirming way. It’s important, it’s informative and, dare I say, even fun!
Those who complete the course earn a $100 stipend and we provide snacks at every class. We are flexible to some degree if folks need to miss class due to vacation, summer camps, etc. Please don’t hesitate to call me – 229-9151 x 311 or email me email@example.com. I’ve attached our permission form and if you have any questions please ask! We can give parents a sneak peek into the curriculum and I’m happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
There are a few small details we missed in regards to our last Amazing Race post, including a date and a time! WHOOPS! In case you were wondering, those are actually set! June 25, 2016 at 10AM is when we will be meeting outside of City Hall in Montpelier for the 6th Annual BTC Amazing Race! If you are interested in participating as a volunteer or putting together a team, you are strongly encouraged!! You can fill out the form here—————> Amazing Race Volunteer Invite 2016 and email it to the Amazing Race email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The form says it is for volunteers only, but if you are interested in getting a team together to fundraise and participate on race day, register your team on our CrowdRise page! AmazingRace2016 There, you can also participate by making a donation directly to the Washington County Youth Service Bureau or to someone’s team!
Please DO NOT hesitate to email us with any questions, concerns, or troubles with the Crowdrise page! email@example.com
Race Day is June 25 at 10AM!!!
GET READY TO DO SOMETHING AMAZING!
Holy cow, holy cow, holy cow. Holy cow. The Amazing Race is almost here! June 25th. That’s how close it is! I can smell the fun, the adrenaline, the brains working to complete team challenges. It’s gonna be good. But wait! Before you run out the door to tell everyone, sign up a team! Teams of four run around Mont P and do various challenges, mostly mental, some physical but all do-able by everyone. So ask your family, teachers, friends, enemies, heck ask the next person you see to be on your team. I’ve seen many people having fun doing the Amazing Race and literally no one not having fun, so it’s pretty much guaranteed. Learn more about it here! And learn even more about it here! Here’s some pictures of people having fun, in case you didn’t believe me.
Tears of joy, I promise.
Look, fun for everyone!
Well, Winter break has come and gone. February break is gone too. Fortunately, the BTC is still here! The week of February break was pretty calm, but Paul and Kayla had a wonderful chance to get to know some of the teens a little better. There was a lot of Wii being played and “Just Dance”-ing happening as well.
Some exciting things are underway here at the BTC. On Friday, March 11, we are hosting the Young Writer’s Project for a teen open mic night! The workshop starts at 5:00 and dinner will be served, then at 6:30, youth from around the area will come together and perform their work in front of a supportive audience of other teens and adults. We are all really looking forward to having them here in our space and hoping to have a great turn out.
On another note, the BTC is beginning the planning process for the AMAZING RACE! We are really looking forward to it this year! The date is set for June 24, 2016, so mark your calendars now! All of the money raised will benefit the Basement Teen Center and the youth who visit us!
We’re launching Smart Girls, an evidence-based program that explores the joys and challenges of becoming a woman in today’s world with topics such as combating media stereotypes, positive self-esteem and body image, healthy relationships, and exercise, nutrition and reproductive health, among others. Females 11-18 are welcome and encouraged to attend. The course starts on the 19th and runs every Tuesday until March 8 from 4 to 5:30. We’ll meet at the Basement Teen Center (underneath City Hall). We’ll provide snacks and a gift card to everyone that completes the program. For even more info please email Kayla at KGottwalt@wcysb.org.