MANCHESTER YOUTH PROGRAMS
The Teen Center provides all youth with a safe and welcoming environment. All youth are offered the support and opportunities they need to reach their potential through self-empowerment, giving them the chance to build supportive relationships with caring adults and peers, focus on developing skills and exercising leadership.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 2:30 – 6:00 pm during the school year. The center is open to all area teens at no charge. A bus brings students to the Y from all four Manchester middle schools.
Daily activities include: tutoring, healthy snacks, crafts, computer access, games, college and career readiness, life skills, physical activities and sports. Community service opportunities are encouraged as learning experiences. Teen nights and teen forums are held regularly to provide for teen voice and choice.
YMCA POWER SCHOLARS ACADEMY, A SUMMER FOR AT RISK MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Kids from low income families often start school unprepared. Despite progressing at the same rate during the school year, learning gaps widen each summer and these students fall farther behind their peers. This Achievement Gap culminates in low high school graduation and college attainment rates, limited job prospects and negative economic impact.
Power Scholars is a six week, full day program for 48 youth entering grades 7-9, operating Monday-Friday for 6.5 hours a day. Power Scholars is highly structured, research-based, and follows strict quality and fidelity markers, including staff qualifications, training and student/staff ratios, as well as academic and enrichment dosages. Academic rigor, high expectations and engaging learning experiences drive the program. Students receive 180 minutes of daily data-driven, differentiated instruction and remediation in literacy and math led by certified teachers in a highly engaged learning environment. Students have access to computers to use online learning modules from BELL’s (Building Educated Leaders for Life) research-based curriculum to address Manchester’s Core Curriculum. All students are assessed pre and post program. Power Scholars students gained an average of 3 months progress in math and reading, compared to the over 2 months learning loss traditionally experienced during the summer months.
SUMMER DAY CAMPS
At The Granite YMCA we provide affordable, quality summer experiences with convenient options such as extended camp hours, transportation, and sibling discounts. Whether you’re considering a traditional day camp, a specialty camp, or one of our overnight camps, summer at the Y is filled with excitement, adventure, new friends, lifelong memories, and most of all discovery! With camp programs based on the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, we provide children with a priceless experience in a safe and supportive environment where their safety is our top priority.
There are few unique environments as special as camp, where kids become part of a community and form friendships as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social, and educational activities every day. Amidst all the fun of daily trips, sports activities, archery, and cooking, children develop attitudes that build character and promote leadership. At the Y, we feel that every child should be given the opportunity to experience summer camp. That is why we offer financial assistance to ensure every child can experience the summer of a lifetime. We offer more than 37 camp programs at five different Y locations across NH.
YMCA STAY is Manchester's only program for at-risk middle school students. Students build social, time-management, educational, and decision-making skills. Through adventure and educational trips, students learn to challenge themselves and build the confidence they need to make changes in their lives. Last year, 82% of STAY students improved attendance from the prior school year and 78% improved their GPA from the previous school year.
STRIVE, the only program in Manchester for suspended and expelled students, offers academic support, life skills, and community service programs. Classroom activities utilize one-to-one academic tutoring to get these students back on grade level and life skills lessons to help students build social and interpersonal skills. Last year, 100% of STRIVE students received credit for their schoolwork while attending STRIVE.
Natalie Barney, Director of Teen Services
603.232.8623 | email@example.com