Youth Center numbers are up this year


Jessica Mella, nutrition and wellness coordinator for the Plymouth School District, helps students at the Youth Center create a simple meal for themselves. — Submitted photo Jessica Mella, nutrition and wellness coordinator for the Plymouth School District, helps students at the Youth Center create a simple meal for themselves. — Submitted photo Plymouth-area parents looking for a supervised after-school activity for middle-schoolers might be interested in the Youth Center located adjacent to Riverview Middle School.

“The Youth Center provides a safe place for students to go after school, and our programs allow them to have fun and try new things,” said center coordinator Camisha Miller.

The facility averaged 25 students a day during the 2012-13 school year, and is serving 28 to 30 students a day this year.

The Youth Center, operated by Plymouth School District Community Education & Recreation for the past two years, is open to district residents in grades five through eight, whether they attend a public or parochial school or are homeschooled.

The center is open from 2:45 to 5 p.m. every regular school day with at least one adult in attendance at all times. The fee for the 2013-14 school year is $40.

Community Ed & Rec staff and instructors provide a daily enrichment program for students who are interested in participating, including simple meals, recreation, team building and crafts.

These activities are optional, and the center also is a good place to hang out with friends, or to play games including pool, ping pong and foosball.

District wellness and nutrition coordinator Jessica Mella, a registered dietitian, has worked with the Youth Center to stock nutritious snacks. “Our healthy after-school snacks are a hit, which adds a lot of fun,” Miller said.

A retired social worker helps at the Youth Center, as well as a Plymouth High School student who has developed a good rapport with the younger students.

Community members are encouraged to share their talents and interests with the Youth Center, whose visitors have included race car drivers and the Plymouth mayor. “We work with the community at large to engage the students with diverse programs, and also our staff holds various diverse backgrounds that assist in the success of the programs,” Miller said.

Visit www.plymouth.k12.wi.us for a registration form and more information about the Youth Center.


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