Chillicothe will soon have a new youth center devoted to an after-school program.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to executive director Daniel Savage:

Daniel Savage

“Our focus will be on tutoring and academic support for the youth,”said Savage,”We will partner with the school district in getting information on each child we serve such their strengths, areas where they might struggle, and what we can provide, alongside the regular school day, to help them continue their education.  We also want to provide a positive mentoring environment; one in which they feel safe and cared about.”

The center will be held at the site of the former Savage Grocery and construction plans are underway for the building.  The board has applied for grants to support the project, but are hoping to continue receiving private donations as well.  Anyone interested in donating or serving as a volunteer for the program should contact Daniel Savage at (660)247-1703 or dsavage@windjammercable.net.

Press Release:

 

Our Mission: NMCYF will exist to serve and strengthen the families of North Missouri

by empowering youth to reach their full potential.

 

Our Vision: NMCYF will address the needs of children and families in order to:

INSPIRE academic excellence

CULTIVATE productive citizens

NUTURE healthy life choices

NMCYF has outlined 5 core competencies of which PowerUp! after-school program will be centered on:

  1. Academic Enrichment: We will offer a full service tutoring environment with paid and volunteer staff to assist members in the understanding and completion of homework assignments and other academic requirements. We will provide supplemental activities which will align with their school curriculum and communicate with school personnel to meet specific needs.
  2. Health/Fitness:  We will provide healthy afterschool snacks and evening meals to each member, as well as guided activities and games that promote a healthy, active lifestyle.
  3. Fine Arts:  Members will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as arts, crafts, drama, and music.
  4. Character/Citizenship Education: Programs and activities will be provided that encourage members to grow in leadership opportunities within their schools, NMCYF, and the community. This will include community service projects, U.S. government awareness, and programs that promote good choices and strong character behavior.
  5. Career Awareness:  Members will have access to activities and programs that enable students to explore career paths and apply planning skills toward future goals.

Staffing:

1 – Full time PowerUp! Coordinator

1 – Part time kitchen staff

4 – Part time youth development professionals

Volunteers working a variety of areas such as kitchen, administrative, tutoring, etc.

 

Location/Facility Hours:

 

–          NMCYF will be located in the former Savage Grocery building at 211 Locust St. A lease to own agreement for $500.00 per month plus utilities as been established.

–          PowerUp! will operate from 2:30pm to 6:30pm Monday-Friday. Additional hours are being considered for teacher-in service days, snow days, and other times regular school is not in session.

Funding:

–          Grant applications in progress for local, state, and federal level.

–          Application for NAP tax credit program (Allows property owners receiving rental income, farmers, and businesses to make monetary donations to NMCYF. In return, the donor receives credits up to 70% of their gift applied towards income taxes.)

–          Application for a 21st CCLC grant administered by the Missouri Dept. of Elementary & Secondary education. Grant will be used for supplies, staffing, and equipment used directly for after-school programming.

–          Community-based fundraisers

–          Private donations

 

Future Goals

–          NMCYF would like to offer rentable space such as a multipurpose room and kitchen to community organizations and groups.

–          The facility could possibly be used to house other community programs that would provide financial support to NMCYF. As the agency moves forward, a long term goal will be to establish similar facilities throughout the North Missouri region.

 

**If you have questions, or are interested in supporting/volunteering for this cause, please contact Daniel Savage, Executive Director at 660-247-1703 or dsavage@windjammercable.net