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Empowering for success and developing dreams while providing a safe-haven for youth to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
After School Programs - South Haven & Bangor
The after school programs at YDC/PAL provide a safe-haven for children during critical after school hours. Programs provide snacks or meals, homework help, academic and enrichment activities, mentoring, art programs, team building and youth development. These programs serve a diverse range of children that come from various socio-economic backgrounds. A staff of high school and college students, as well as adults work with children to empower them for success.
Covert After School Program This program provides after school programming focusing on arts and sports to students in grades K-9. Students in grades 10-12 are encouraged to volunteer and even have an opportunity to be employed at the program.
Early Bird (Before School Program) - North Shore Elementary & Lincoln Elementary All students in grades K-5 in South Haven have an opportunity to sign up for either before school program at North Shore or Lincoln Elementary. This program provides children with a safe and constructive environment before school starts. This not only helps parents who must be at work before school starts and cannot afford day care, but also it starts the day off for our students and parents in the most positive and uplifting way, knowing their child is being prepared for the school day.
Summer Sunrise & Summer Fun in the Park This program meets for six weeks in the summer at Lincoln Elementary school. Summer Sunrise is the morning option for parents who need childcare and runs 8:30am to 12pm. Summer Fun in the Park runs from 12pm to 6pm. Both programs include all meals and snack. The goal of this program is that no child is left inside during the summer! It is heavily focused on physical and enrichment activities. Activities include sports, games, art, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and collaborations with other agencies such as the South Haven Memorial Library, and the health department. We also take weekly field trips and go swimming at the high school. This program also utilizes South Haven's public parks including Kids Corner and Elkenburg. Children travel there several times a week. Our group leaders are responsible for implementing age-appropriate, physical, creative, and team-building activities, while providing a safe environment for participating children. This past year, we partnered with South Haven Public Schools to provide an extended day for students enrolled in migrant ed. and Title 1 summer school. We had a record number of kids and can't wait to do it again next year!
Covert Summer Program New in 2014, we are proud to offer an academic rich summer program for Covert students in grades K-12. This program will focus on reading and math, as well as provide a variety of extracurricular activites incluing sports, art, games, weekly field trips and swimming. This program is modeled after our program in South Haven, with the addition of certified teachers for the academic subject areas. This program is projected to serve over 140 students in its first year.
YDC/PAL Premium Learning Center YDC/PAL is proud to announce the opening of its Premium Learning Center on June 9, 2014. This facility is located within Covert Public Schools and will provide the highest quality child care to children ages 6 weeks through 12 years.
National PAL Mentoring As a member of the National Police Athletic/Activities League, YDC/PAL provides a mentoring program to all of its program participants ages 10-14. Young people are matched with a caring mentor who will guide and inspire them to make the choices that will lead them to live happy, healthy, and productive lives