Kelly Broyles: Youth & Family Director

Kelly Broyles: Youth & Family Director

The Afterschool and Day Camp programs conducted at the YMCA of Abilene are based on the 3 areas of focus which are youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility; and the 4 core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We provide healthy snacks, safe play environments that engage everyone, and structured group activities that challenge our youth’s mental and physical abilities. At the YMCA we encourage acceptance of differences, teamwork, and positive interactions between staff, youth, and parents. We offer Karate, Dance, Fitness, and swimming during our programs. During the afterschool program our hours are from school dismissal until 6:00pm. We provide transportation by trained counselors from school to the YMCA. Homework time is encouraged every day after snack and assistance is provided to everyone.{{more}}Summer camp operates from 7:30am to 6:00pm. Our actual day begins around 9:00am with themed activities and games that encourage physical exercise and brain growth. This summer our theme is “Make Summer Super @ the Y!” with each week introducing a different super hero who demonstrates one of our core values. Our campers will have the opportunity to attend field trips, make new friends, learn valuable lessons, and discover their inner superhero while attending Y Camp 2014. Camp operates from June 2, 2014 to August 22, 2014.At the State Street Family Center a second program serves trouble youth between the ages of 9 to 14 years. The Intensive Supervision Program, ISP, has operated since 1978. It is a behavior modification program that works directly with parents, probation officers, school officials, and counselors to assist youth who have committed a crime or are heading in that direction. Our goal is to assist with educating these youth on the consequences and reactions received from choices they make. Through family style activities, group and individual counseling, and reward systems our youth learn to make choices that promote positive consequences and reactions by using techniques learned during the program. They earn rewards such as special snacks, free time, field trips, and swim time. ISP operates during the school year from school dismissal to 5:30pm; and in the summer from 11am to 5:30pm. Summer operation dates are from June 9, 2014 to August 18, 2014.