Youth First of Washington County, a program of the Washington County Family YMCA, will be offering an affordable afterschool program at all three county schools starting in January. ROCKs will begin the week of January 6th at East Washington Middle School, Salem Middle School, and West Washington Jr. High School. The program meets once per week at each location throughout the school year. Through ROCKs, youth will have a safe, positive and fun environment to gather in from 3pm to 5:30pm each day the program is scheduled.
Rosie Morehous, Director of Youth First of Washington County will be serving as the program supervisor, with Ashley Hubbard serving as the SPARKS facilitator. Parents and students alike often ask what a typical day at the ROCKs program is like. Morehous described it as follows, “Students will begin each day with an hour of free time for homework, refreshments and recreation. After students have had some time to unwind, we will spend the next hour taking part in ROCKs exploration, which focuses on providing life skills through interactive activities to help students make positive choices regarding bullying, Alchohol, Tabacco, and Other Drug use, and peer pressure. The last 30 minutes of each day will be something different. We may have guest speakers, demonstrations, community service projects or take part in group activities.”
Here are a few of the activities students will take part in at ROCKs: bridge building, blindfolded obstacle course, team building activities, and trivia competitions. In addition to fun activities and daily snacks, students with good attendance, participation, and citizenship will have the opportunity to earn “ROCKs bucks”, which will be used at an end of year auction to bid on a variety of fun graduation gifts, such as gift cards and other Youth geared items.