WILMINGTON — The number of students attending Clinton County Youth Council (CCYC), a free after-school youth center, has gone up.
Eric Guindon, CCYC executive director, reported that about 25 to 30 students a day go to the West Sugartree Street facility. He attributed the increase, at least in part, to the shutdown of the Clinton County YMCA.
Guindon gave an update this week to the Wilmington City Schools (WCS) Board of Education about CCYC.
The services provided at CCYC, which is for middle school and high school students, include a daily Academic Success Program and a daily snack or meal. There also are fun things to do such as recreation and music.
The Academic Success Program has been a CCYC focus in recent years, he said. That program started after the Wilmington Schools Foundation awarded the CCYC a grant.
The Academic Success Program provides students with academic support while tracking students’ course grades, attendance and behavior, and increasing their after-school study hours. As part of the program, registered students are eligible to receive free one-on-one tutoring sessions.
Many of the young people utilizing CCYC services are at-risk students, including children with incarcerated or deceased parents, or split families, said Guindon.
As an after-school safe shelter, CCYC doesn’t operate while school is out during the summer. Guindon, who has succeeded Kevin Walls as the executive director, said he wants to “tell our story this summer” and would welcome speaking engagements with groups and organizations.
The CCYC was established in 1997, with initial funding from the Family and Children First Council and the United Way of Clinton County. It currently is taking referrals for board members.
CCYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to “help youth make healthy choices.”
In other school board news:
• WCS will continue to contract with Miami University Ohio Writing Project for summer professional development. The cost of the five workshops is $8,250 and will be funded from Title 1 Professional Development dollars.
• Elite Photography donated 10 gift cards at $350 each to the WHS class of 2017.
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