Program hours are typically 2:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday. The Pemi Youth Center empowerment program is offered at no cost to youth and families!
Staff members assist youth participants with homework Monday-Friday from 2:30-4pm. Plymouth State University students engage local youth and creatively help them develop strategies to successfully complete their homework tasks.
Community Service Opportunities:
PYC engages youth in a variety of community based service learning projects throughout the school year and summer months.
Creative Arts Workshops:
PYC offers art workshops in collaboration with the Plymouth State University Art Department and student Art Collaborative. Art students and local artists and the staff provide weekly opportunities at the center for youth to engage in creative art activities to foster self-expression.
PYC staff and youth participants meet on a monthly basis and cover important topics such as: self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, peer pressure, bullying, stressors, stress relievers, uniqueness, inner strength, achieving dreams and much more.
Life Skills Component:
PYC is focusing on developing important life skills among youth participants in the areas of cooking, finance, career development, and home management. The component engages youth in social and professional skills that prepares them for the future.
PYC staff members offer one-on-one mentoring opportunities for local youth.
The PYC nutrition component offers youth healthy snack and meal options during after school hours. Youth participants gain experience working in our outdoor garden as well as an indoor hydroponics garden. They also are able to help in the kitchen in preparing our daily meal.
Recreational Game and Activities:
PYC offers a variety of recreational opportunities both at the center and in collaboration with Plymouth State University. These activities help to build and elaborate on their social skills.
Science Collaborative and STEM Activities:
PYC partners with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) in offering an 8-month long educational curriculum with opportunities for youth to learn about their natural environment and the wildlife that inhabit it. In addition, PYC staff engage youth in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to cultivate creativity and ingenuity.