By BRADY HEBERT
Posted Dec. 6, 2013 @ 12:01 am
The Cheboygan Youth Center, CYC, received a much-needed donation of $5,000 from Fernelius Toyota of Cheboygan and Toyota Motor Sales Thursday, giving the 15-year-old program a financial boost.
With recent increased costs, the donation will help the CYC realize its vision of “Enriching the community with a safe, healthy, and interactive environment where youth may socialize with their peers in a supervised atmosphere that encourages and reinforces personal responsibility, self-growth, and positive social skills through recreational and creative activities.”
“It's always nice when people recognize the hard work we do here. It's a positive message for the kids that they are cared about,” said Debra Turnbull, director of the CYC, “The community has been phenomenal.”
Turnbull said that the donation will help with the program's goal of teaching health and fitness at the center.
“The kid's health now determines their future. Whatever we can do to help with getting kids active and healthy is important to us.” Turnbull also said that the center needs people with expertise in the health and fitness field that have ideas or input to help them accomplish this goal.
The CYC is a youth prevention program housed at 504 Division Street that provides interactive learning opportunities for approximately 100 youths per year. The program has recently come under financial strain due to a rent increase .
The CYC is open year-round Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., and provides 60 participants daily with tutoring, arts and crafts, games and other activities that enable them to socialize and learn respect for people and property. The center also supplies snacks daily for the youth participating in the program. Ten diverse rooms provide all kinds of fun and learning experiences for the participants, including a game room, arts and crafts room, homework room, gymnasium and a “chill-out” room where the youth can just relax for a time.
Turnbull said the CYC is always looking for organizations to support its efforts and cash donations are always needed and accepted. Volunteers are welcome and are screened and approved by Turnbull.
Anyone wanting to make a donation or volunteer and the CYC can contact Turnbull at (231) 597-0185 or (231) 627-6015.
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