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Our Youth: Assets to Our Community

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) at OCY believes that young people are assets to our community that contribute positively to their families, schools, and communities. TPP builds confidence and self-efficacy in youth by running programs that center on, facilitate, and stress the positive contributions youth make to their communities. Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®), a program at TPP, runs local youth clubs in neighborhoods, schools, and community settings where community service learning flourishes. We would like to share with you a few things that our community, school, and neighborhood-based TOP® clubs have been doing. (Continue Reading...)

Youth Council 2015 Kick-Off!

Youth-Council-Poster-for-WebAre you a high school student who wants to get involved in the community? Want to meet new people, have fun, and figure out what’s important to you? Then the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Youth Council is your jam!

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Reading Road Show Awarded Two 21st Century Grants

The office on Children and Youth is pleased to announce two 21st Century grants totaling $279,848.00 a year for the next three years to continue its Reading Road Show/Gus Bus program at Spotswood Elementary and Stone Spring Elementary Schools. The Gus Bus promotes literacy through a mobile program providing a story time, activities, and book checkout to children and their families in Harrisonburg neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to strengthen communities with regular visits to underserved neighborhoods, connect families to local resources, and distribute food through a collaboration with the Blue Ridge Area food bank.

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This Summer: Rocks, Farms, and Art

At the Office on Children and Youth we view the summer as an opportunity for our students to internalize learning, expand experiences, sharpen skills, and strengthen bonds. Continuing education efforts during the summer combats summer learning loss. The openness of summer gives us the space to take trips that explore unique themes and topics students don’t often experience during the regular school year. This summer, The Gus Bus, Migrant Education, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs facilitated enrichment camps with these goals in mind. (Continue Reading...)

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