The Starke County Youth Club provides a strong mix of academic and enrichment activities to youngsters who take part in after-school programs at sites across the county. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the day begins with a little bit of decompression time and a healthy snack.
From there she says the focus shifts to homework.
“It’s a chance for kids to have a quiet, structured environment in order to complete their assignments, to get help with their homework from an adult who cares, and really to learn good study habits, responsibility and accountability,” Szakonyi said.
After homework time, some youngsters get additional help with assignments from one-on-one tutors while others take part in enrichment activities.
After homework time, Szakonyi says some youngsters get additional help with assignments from one-on-one tutors while others take part in enrichment activities.
“That’s everything from a math challenge to a drama center,” Szakonyi said. “Maybe they’re learning about other cultures in our culture and action center, or maybe they’re doing a science experiment in our STEM camps, which is science, technology, engineering and math. It’s a wide variety of things for kids to do every day.”
The Starke County Youth Club’s after-school programs are open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade and meet at Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis Schools. You’ll hear more about them this week on the news leading up to Friday’s Starke County Youth Club/WKVI Radiothon. Szakonyi says they hope to raise $50,000 in donations and pledges this year. Visit their website, www.thescyc.org to learn more.