Youth Services

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Over the past year, our staff and leadership spent some time planning and considering our work, and we’ve made changes to our youth programming.

One significant change we’ve made is to discontinue after-school programming at our youth center.  In our last school year, attendance was low due to transportation concerns.  We have committed to focus our resources on enrichment and camp activities that will serve a greater number of kids and engage further their families in the Center for Working families work.

In 2017 we have a great line up of camp experiences.

Summer STEAM Camp at Southeast Community Services is a six-week, choice-based and STEAM-connected camp for Southeast Indianapolis kids in grades 4 through 8.  Summer STEAM participants have many opportunities to play, be with their peers and mentors, and to enjoy some down-time.  The camp also features an incredible lineup of educational opportunities in a choice environment.  Summer 2017’s camp will feature experiences in puppetry, tinkering and making, swim lessons, urban farming, anthropology and much, much more.  Our field trips provide attention grabbing experiences in geology, botany, zoology, and the visual arts, including a four-night backpacking trip at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee.  New in 2017 is our partnership with Patachou Foundation through which we’ll provide the best nutrition combined with hands-on nutrition education and wellness activities.

Summer STEAM accepts 30 youth per summer.  Each participant attends at least four weeks of camp so that she or he may build strong relationships and linger with some of their favorite experiences.  The fee is $25 per week.  A sliding scale is offered through the Center for Working Families.  Youth coaches and CWF coaching staff may help families navigate the financial application process.

If you have any questions about our changes, please contact Peggy Frame or Christopher Nunn at 236-7400.  We look forward to seeing you in the community soon!