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General Outreach Info

Click below to view the YMCA Outreach Commercial, which gives a synopsis of each of our programs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCVduaSsRyY

The Hopkinsville YMCA Outreach program is a collaborative effort to impact the lives of "at-risk" youth ages 6-17 years of age. Our partners include the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville, Juvenile Justice Center, Martin Luther King Elementary and Means Avenue Baptist Church to name a few.


Outreach Mission:

To inspire and create opportunities for inner city youth and adults through education, mentoring and spiritual awareness.



Outreach Programs

- Girl Power
- Warrior Knights
- Pryme Tyme
- Summer Camp
- Challenge House
- Means Avenue Youth Center
- Angel Tree
- Backpack Program
- Learn-to-Swim Camp
- Jobs for Life
- Outreach Mission
- 913 Prayer Center
 
Scroll down to learn more about each of our Programs!
 
 



Girl Power


Girl Power is a teen mentoring program for girls ages 12-17. The YMCA collaborates with the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville and the Juvenile Justice Center.  This eight week program addresses pertinent topics for our female teenage population.  Our youth meet at the YMCA at a specified time. The group has 45 minutes of lecture and discussion and 30 to 45 minutes of supervised recreation and a snack.  We use many community resource people to present the material to the youth, which is consistent with other Girl Power programs around the state.  We introduce facilities such as the YMCA to our children and families as a refuge for constructive involvement.  Through this partnership, we plan to make a vast improvement in the lives of our young girls while introducing them to resources that can make a positive impact in their lives.

Our motto for the Girl Power group is: "Learning to love yourself just the way you are, committing to change your life for the better and sharing the attitude of girl power with others!"

Warrior Knights


The Christian County Court Designated Workers' Office, the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville, and the YMCA are working as partners to enhance the lives of young men ages 12-17.  Warrior Knights is an eight week program that addresses pertinent topics for our male teenage population.  Our youth meet at the YMCA at a specified time.  The group has 45 minutes of lecture and discussion and 30 to 45 minutes of supervised recreation and a snack.  We use community resource people to present material to the youth, as well as the experiences of the group facilitator.  Through this partnership, we plan to make a vast improvement in the lives of our young boys by introducing them to the resources that can make a positive influence on their lives.

Our motto for the Warrior Knights program is: "A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals." Larry Bird.


Pryme Tyme


The YMCA has a long tradition of providing services to those who cannot afford them.In a partnership with the Hopkinsville Housing Authority, we provide year round opportunities for at-risk children. The Pryme Tyme after-school program provides tutoring, mentoring and homework assistance to all participants. Each child’s report card is graphed in an effort to pinpoint the areas that need improvement. The program is free to children in public housing and information can be attained at the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville at 270-887-4279 or through our Outreach Director at the YMCA at 270-887-5382 ext 107. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Times: 2:30 to 5:00 pm

Bus departs with students from school at 5:00pm. (estimate drop off time is 5:15-6:00) Students will be dropped off at the address on their Pryme Tyme application.

Summer Camp


The Outreach Summer Camp is a collaborative effort between the Housing Authority and the YMCA to reach "at-risk" youth ages 6-15 years old. Eighty participants are able to apply for the free summer camp through the YMCA Outreach Program and the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville.  The YMCA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience of both participants and camp counselors. We are committed to helping our campers by providing a safe, nurturing environment through:

  • Caring, competent adult role models
  • Healthy, developmentally appropriate experiences
  • Service to the community and the natural world
  • Opportunities for leadership and personal growth

Campers have been able to participate in projects of beautification that include gardening in Pennyrile Apartments, designing planters for the elderly in Hopkinsville, picking up trash in the Housing areas, and building bird houses. The Outreach Camp has been privileged to utilize the facilities at the YMCA including the Aquatic Center, basketball courts, tennis courts, and baseball and soccer fields.

Challenge House


Many years ago Jane Addams moved into Hull-House, located in a poor immigrant neighborhood of Chicago. In today's times, nationwide Christian Community Development Association, and other Associations and leaders, are pushing a concept called "relocation". Its premise is that the best way to attack inner-city problems in at-risk neighborhoods is to get more people of faith, hope, and courage to move to live among the poor.

The Challenge House brings this concept to Hopkinsville. The first Challenge House is located on Central Avenue across from the Boys and Girls Club. The second Challenge House is located on Bryan Street.

National Statistics on Poverty state that:

  • 1 out of 8 Americans live in poverty, a total of 37 million
  • 1 out of 6 children live in poverty


Local Statistics on Poverty state that:

  • Kentucky has a poverty rate of 15.6 percent
  • Christian County has a poverty rate of 14.2 percent


The Challenge House Mission
: Connecting Challenge House community members to organizations and resources, and bridging the gap of economic disparities and cultural divides.

Objective: To determine the needs of the Challenge House community members and address those needs through programming, advocacy, and education.

Goal: To set up programming and events that will educate Challenge House community members and empower them to change their community.

The Coffee Connection

Now open in downtown Hopkinsville on Main St. (across from Schrecker Jewelry)

Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The Coffee Connection is a great place to hold meetings, meet with friends, read, study, and grab a cup of coffee or tea. We hold Jobs For Life classes there (see below for more info on JFL) as well as Bible studies.

This coffee shop is run entirely by volunteers, and we are always looking for your help and donations.

Means Avenue/ YMCA Youth Center


Means Avenue/ YMCA Youth Center is located at Means Avenue Baptist Church. Youth ages 6-17 that are enrolled in the YMCA Outreach program attend the center for tutoring, mentoring and special events. The center is a collaborative effort with the Hopkinsville Housing Authority and reaches youth in the Housing areas. All events and programs are free for participants.

The curriculum taught to all youth includes educational, social and spiritual aspects on topics such as integrity, honesty, love, real leaders and community. The Outreach counselors are trained in the curriculum and help the participants learn biblical principles and how they can apply them to daily life.

If you wish to volunteer at the Center please contact
Angelique Victor at (270) 887-5382 ext. 107.

Location: Means Avenue Baptist Church

Dates: Fridays only
Times: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

 

Angel Tree


Every Christmas we participate in the Angel Tree program to provide children in our community with a better Christmas than they might otherwise have. We get the names and wishes of children in our outreach programs as well as other local programs.

 

Learn-To-Swim Camp

The Hopkinsville YMCA is committed to providing inner-city youths with access to water-safety and swim instructions. The youth receive valuable information and skills to help bridge the frightening swim gap. A staggering 70% of at-risk youth do not know how to swim. In turn they are two to three times more likely to suffer accidental drowning.

That’s why the Hopkinsville YMCA is dedicated to changing the course of history, transforming tragedy into triumph.

The Learn-To-Swim Camp is free of charge to children in public housing or low income families.  Information can be attained through our Outreach Director at the YMCA at (270)887-5382 ext. 107

 
 

Backpack Program

The Hopkinsville YMCA “Blessing in a Backpack” Program provides children who are on the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home during the school year.  The backpack contains two days of easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks.)

The Hopkinsville YMCA does this because the consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, too.

“No child should ever know what it is like to go hungry. Our goal is to increase awareness on this issue so that we can combat childhood hunger across Hopkinsville.”

For more information you can contact our Outreach Director at the YMCA at (270)887-5382 ext. 107

 


 

 

Jobs For Life

“Jobs for Life” provides job training and support, enabling everyone to secure meaningful employment and experience new life in Christ.


The Hopkinsville YMCA has developed this program and we are looking for volunteers to take the classes. Mentors or group of mentors provide support for the student through the class and during employment.  Once deemed job-ready, Jobs for Life students are referred to area businesses and then assisted in pursuing job openings that meet their interests and skill level.

"The best poverty program is a job, and the longest - term strategy is a movement towards an ownership society."

       Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation

Training Topics Include:
- Understanding value and purpose   
- Integrity
- Attitude       
- Excellence
- Respect for authority     
- Interviewing skills
- Career objective & vocational plan  
- Conflict resolution 
- Taking responsibility     
- Building a resume
- Perseverance      
- Employer Expectations
- Overcoming fear     
- Customer satisfaction
- Communication

‘Jobs for Life’ provides job training and support, enabling everyone to secure meaningful employment and experience new life in Christ.  To learn more about ‘Jobs for Life’ log on to www.jobsforlife.com.


Basic CNC and Intermediate Machining Center Programming:
Available to Jobs for Life students are two computers with Basic CNC software and Intermediate Machining Center Programming.

Practice TABE Test:
Practice TABE Tests are available at the Coffee Connection. These practice tests are required prior to taking the actual TABE test at the Breathitt Career Center or Hopkinsville Community College.

Job Searches:
On site at the Coffee Connection is a standup computer that is one of six in Hopkinsville. This computer is a job search computer to access all available jobs in Kentucky.

The Hopkinsville YMCA is a United Way agency and offers financial assistance for membership and programs.  Join the YMCA through our ‘Open Doors’ Scholarship Program.  Call 270.887.5382 today.


913 Prayer Center

Do you need prayer for emotional or physical healing, adictions, life's disappointments or for encouragement?

The 913 Prayer Center is a Christ-centered ministry of people from many different Christian backgrounds and experiences. We have come together in unity to pray for the sick with compassion and faith in Jesus Christ and his power to heal.

Open every Thursday night from 7-9pm.
No Appointment Necessary.
Located at 913 S. Main St. in downtown Hopkinsville (enter through the front door)

For more info contact Paul Watts at 270-348-3424


Outreach Objective

Touching the lives of inner city community members so that they become empowered and act as change agents to improve the quality of life for themselves and others. We are committed to promoting respect, diversity and life balance within these communities, acting as role models and advocates for the underprivileged.

Volunteers are needed for tutoring and mentoring programs. If you are interested in volunteering please contact
Angelique Victor at 270-887-5382.

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