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Winter Youth First Café

Calling on all Youth Professionals, Volunteers, and Mentors!!

The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting their Winter Youth First Café for 2014. This great networking opportunity will allow you to mingle with other youth workers, share resources, and learn more about a local service provider. Please bring business cards, brochures, or other informational items to share on the resource tables.

Come out and learn to identify the signs and symptoms of bullying: if a child is being bullied, if a child IS a bully, if a child is exhibiting bullying behaviors and strategies to cope with all. This presentation is designed to provide youth workers with a better understanding of bullying: what it is, what it is not, and what it looks like. This training is suitable for parents, grandparents and other community members as well.

The IU School of Public Health will be presenting on the topic. A free lunch is provided in partnership with the Indiana Youth Institute to those who RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, December 16th, 2014. The presentation will be held at the Salem Senior Citizens Center located at 1705 North Shelby Street in Salem, IN. Doors will open at 11:30am for networking and food, with the presentation to begin at 12:00pm and last until around 1:00pm.

Please share this invitation, and bring a friend!



YMCA to host “MAD SCIENCE” Winter Break Camp

Students in grades k-8 can enjoy Winter Break in YMCA style! Days will be filled with crafts, activities, games, and MAD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS that will thrill and entertain all campers. Students will participate in an array of fun, interactive, and hands on science experiments in which they will take away the educational component, in addition to a life skills lesson related to the project. Character development will sneak in the back door for a wonderful take away experience for campers, and their families!

When asked about the theme chosen this year, Youth First Director Rosie Morehous stated, “Kids love science experiments! Anytime our youth have the chance to roll up their sleeves and figure out how things work with a hands on approach it is always fun! We have managed to prepare a fun packed itinerary for our campers to do just that!” In addition to the theme being science, Morehous emphasized the “mad” label in the camp title. “We realize the importance of equipping our youth with the life skills needed to succeed in their future. By coupling life skills messages with the science experiments, we look forward to offering important lessons and skills that will translate into bright futures for our youth,” stated Morehous.

Campers can expect to experience many fun scientific experiments such as making their own rain cloud, plastic, and bouncy balls. They will create an electromagnetic field, and even build their own kaleidoscope! These are just a few of the many fun and exciting activities that will be enjoyed by students.

Camp will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays during winter break this year, due to the Holidays falling mid-week. December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 and January 2 and 5 campers are welcome to join in the fun from 6:00am—6:00pm. Students are encouraged to arrive by 8:00am daily in order to prevent missing out on fun experiements and activities. Drop off and pick up will be in the YMCA Multip-purpose room daily. Rates are $15 per day for YMCA Members, and $20 per day for non-members. Contact our front desk staff for details on financial assistance as needed.

Enthusiastic Enrichment Counselors are trained to promote a safe and fun environment for all campers. As always, the YMCA’s values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility will be modeled and encouraged throughout each day as we focus on new friendships, personal growth, and fun! Call 883-YMCA for details!

Winter Day Camp Flyer Information


Dr. Apple's Fund Donations

The holiday season is officially into full swing as the rush of purchasing gifts, decorating homes, sending out season greetings and attending holiday parties is in high gear. One person that is sure to find their name on your Christmas shopping list is your child’s teacher. Teachers are one of the hardest people to buy for but one of the people you most want to find the perfect gift for that says thank you for what they do for your child each day.

Home baked goods, candles, lotions and other goodies fill the desks of teachers across the county each year. While all these gifts are certainly welcomed and greatly appreciated, what if you could give a gift that continued to give each year? Youth First of Washington County would like to suggest that in lieu of these many treasures, you consider making a donation to the Dr. Eddie Apple Family Youth Development Fund at the Washington County Community Foundation in honor of your child’s teacher.

Dr. Apple’s Fund was started at the Washington County Community Foundation to ensure that there would always be funding and resources committed to the positive development of our youth here in Washington County. Home baked goods, trinkets and the many other treasures will come and go but a donation to Dr. Apple’s fund will last forever and will ensure that there is always a source of positive support for our youth in the years to come—so skip those Black Friday crowds, and get the gift that keeps on giving!

Upon making a donation, a Christmas Certificate will be sent to the teacher of your choice notifying them that an undisclosed amount has been donated to Dr. Apple’s fund in their honor by your student. Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Washington County Community Foundation upon receiving your donation. Much like Dr. Apple’s fund, our goal is to make a positive lifelong impact on the youth we work with each day. Season Greetings and thank you for putting Youth First!

Dr Apple's Fund Information Document (pdf)


Fall 2014 Program Guide

Our Fall 2014 Program Guide is ready for viewing.

Feel free to download the pdf version below or stop by the YMCA to pick up a copy of your own.

This is a great resource to discover all the Y has to offer.


Youth First Receives Generous Donation from Blue River Wood Products

The generosity of our Washington County community never ceases to amaze me—and it is that generosity that allows Youth First Programming to make a positive impact on the youth of Washington County.

Recently, The Washington County Family YMCA was contacted by Blue River Wood Products who had the desire to make a charitable donation to Youth First Programming. Their B Shift had been challenged to choose a cause that they wanted to support by personally donating, and Youth First was it. I was so moved that they thought of us! It had been almost a year since Youth First had spoken to their business about our programming when they sponsored our 2013 Trivia Night, and I was very touched that they were still thinking about the impact that we make on youth in our community.

Their office manager asked if I would be able to stop by to receive the donation during their staff meeting. Happy to come and meet the kind donors, I made my way down Highway 56 anticipating to receive a hundred dollars or so to benefit our youth. Upon arrival, I was SHOCKED to learn that the B Shift had donated $1,000.00 for the Youth First Fund! With that we could offer a month of Jr. ROCKs—a character building program for elementary students, or 7 Youth First Cafés—a lunch and learn opportunity for professionals and volunteers working with youth. We could offer three weeks of ROCKs—an after school program building positive decisions and life skills—to our Middle School Students in all three County schools. We could do SO MUCH MORE, simply because of the generosity of Blue River Wood Products’ B Shift.

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