Click below to listen to KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Ben Jacobi, the Carroll County Area YMCA’s Executive Director.

The Carroll County Area YMCA is approaching the one year anniversary of their grand opening and with the celebration of that the YMCA has several new and revived programs coming up.

First up is the Y-Pals Mentoring Program. This is a free program available to our area youth that would like to utilize this program to enjoy a stress-free environment of guidance. This mentoring program will create a positive relationship between an adult and a child, in which the adult will provide the youth with guidance, support and encouragement.

Schools counselors, teachers and parents are being contacted to determine youth’s that could benefit from this, but the community and our listeners are the basis for finding mentors. To become a member you must be at least 21 years old, complete a volunteer application and speak with the Program Director for an initial screening. You would need to be willing to commit 1 to 3 hours a week to your youth for one year. A training program will be provided to you, which you would need to complete and you would need to submit yourself to a background screening and a reference check. A final requirement to be a mentor is that you have a valid drivers license and auto insurance.

The next exciting events for the new year is the YMCA’s annual Father-Daughter Dance and the Mother-Son Bowling Night. The Father-Daughter Valentine Dance will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 6:30-8:30p.m. The dance is for girls ages 4-12. The cost for this night of fun is $10 per couple if you pay before February 4th and $15 per couples that register after. For the dad’s out there that will have more than one date that evening, the cost is just $5 for each additional daughter. The Mother-Son Bowling Night will take place a little later in the month on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 4-6p.m. This fun afternoon event is for boys ages 3-12. The cost for this event is $10 per couple if you register before February 18th and the price jumps to $15 if you register later.

The Carrollton Area YMCA has many more events to offer, and can describe these events and programs in much more detail. You can find this information at YMCA.