Youth organization at Irving back in businessLocated in West Duluth at Irving Recreation Center, Keene’s Creek Youth Organization is offering a summer program for kids ages 6 to 15.
By: Lauren Lundeen, Budgeteer News
The Keene’s Creek Youth Organization closed in the spring and, after acquiring funding and undergoing major building improvements, re-opened last month.
Located in West Duluth at Irving Recreation Center, KCYO is offering a summer program for kids ages 6 to 15. The program offers activities for kids, mini camps, a reading program, and mini-classes in cooking, chess, knitting and sewing.
There are also table tennis, air hockey and foosball tables available for use, Youth Director Marnie Berglund said.
There is a $7 membership fee but it can be waived if parents or guardians are willing to exchange time in the Give a Little, Get a Lot program. The program also offers points that families can use toward other activities it offers.
Some of the special features KCYO offers are weekly mini-themed camps that involve planned activities and instructions.
With its mini classes, themed camps and other activities, KCYO is a place for families to come together at different times of the day — KCYO has various activities in the evening — and it is a place for kids to grow and meet their peers.
“We try to bring up a child’s self-esteem, work all angles with kids, and that’s our future,” said Jeanne Koneczny, board director. “Our future isn’t sitting in front of a TV or Game Boy. It’s all a part of growing up.
“They can meet other kids, and some of these kids go to other schools. So hopefully they walk in as neighbors and walk out as friends.”
KCYO has an open-door policy; kids are asked to sign in and out, but they have a right to leave when they choose to.
“We are here to provide a safe place for kids to hang out, but parents still have to know where their kids are,” Berglund said. “We just provide a safe zone for it.”
KCYO is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thursday night is family picnic night and there are other activities in the evening, such as Kid’s Movie Night, Carnival, Talent Show and Children’s Only Rummage Sale.
If KCYO gets more volunteers, it could stay open later in the evenings. “Volunteers are important, and parents are as well. If they can’t do anything in the daytime, they can at night,” Koneczny said. “With everyone working together, it will make it a better place.”
Volunteers can supervise kids for a couple hours, read to them, or offer one-on-one help with reading or math. Volunteers must fill out a registration form that can be obtained by contacting Marnie Berglund. Program registration forms can also be obtained from Berglund. Call 723-3679 or visit www.kcyoduluth.org for more information.
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