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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

"it takes a village to raise a child"

The Salvation Army Youth Empowerment Program

Program Philosophy

The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) was established to offer all youth a safe place to enhance their academic, physical, and spiritual wellness, regardless of religion, race, or economic background. We show our youth how sports are a great physical AND psychological outlet. In addition, through educational and spiritual workshops, we help our children understand the importance of being a well-rounded individual. With after school programming for 5–12-year-olds and primetime programming for 13–19-year-old’s, we are equipped to develop the youth in our community.

Promoting community pride is also a major component of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). We teach our youth the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community which helps instill a sense of ownership for the community in which they live.

Why We Do It - The Salvation Army understands that simply opening our doors is not enough. Giving our youth the opportunity to be productive, confident and successful in whatever they may choose to do in life is our primary goal. From tutors to sports teams, we provide a safe space for children to study, socialize and/or train.

Academics First - “It takes a village to raise a child" is an old proverb which means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. By working with the schools and the parent, The Salvation Army can help identify the academic needs of every child enrolled in the Youth Empowerment Programs. College student volunteers, corporate support, in-kind donations, and community partners are all valuable components of the team that makes up that "village".

Athletic Training - With the combination of certified trainers in various sports, staff, and collaborations with local schools and coaches from WNY, we are offering free training that will help your child developed the skills that is needed to be successful in the sport of their choosing.

 

 

 

 

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Kidz Count Program: Ages 13 - 18
  • After School Program: Ages 5 - 12
  • Summer Day Camp: Ages 5 - 12 (runs July 6 through August 27, 2021)
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