Youth program in Boyle County expands

December 18, 2003

Boyle's Plan, the local effort to provide the national initiative "America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth" to Danville and Boyle County, continues to unfold with a revised plan of action to meet the needs of youth in this area, according to Community Education Executive Director Kathy Belcher.

The revised plan, conceived through the Advisory Council of the Danville/Boyle County/Kentucky School for the Deaf Community Education program that coordinates the local initiative, includes the following key components:

* Continue to develop and expand in-school mentoring programs for all schools.

* Promote 40 developmental assets essential to productive, happy people.

* Offer youth community service to nurture volunteerism.

* Continue to expand a speaker's bureau to increase community involvement.

In-school mentoring programs in Boyle and Danville Independent schools continue to expand.Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the agency providing mentoring for Boyle County schools with funding assistance from Heart of Kentucky United Way, this year has expanded the program to Junction City Elementary, having provided 11 matches at Woodlawn Elementary and 15 matches at Perryville Elementary last year. Ten matches are anticipated for Junction City Elementary with mentor interviews now in process.


About 20 Boyle County High School students mentor Boyle middle school students.

Making a Great Investment in Kids, coordinated by the Danville school system's Families First program, continues to provide in-school mentoring at its three elementary schools with 22 matches.

The nationally-recognized Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce mentoring program serving Bate and Boyle County middle school students provides business mentors in an after-school experience. Fifty-six mentors have committed to the program.

More than 500 children are participating in after-school programming through four 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Centers provide safe, productive after-school activities at Bate and Boyle County middle schools, Jennie Rogers and Junction City elementary schools. The four centers this fall received state recognition from the Kentucky Community Education Association for multicultural programming.

With federal funding ending at the end of this school year, Community Education Advisory Council members are concerned about what can be done to continue after-school programming that has met the needs of so many children.

Volunteers in the speaker's bureau are available to speak to church, civic or business groups regarding Boyle's Plan and the results of surveys of sixth-, eighth- and 10th-grade students in Boyle and Danville schools.

Students shared perceptions of personal possession of the 40 developmental assets essential for productive people. Survey results are available from Community Education upon request, and volunteers with an interest in acting on efforts to address the results of the survey are encouraged to call Community Education.

For more information about Boyle's Plan, call Community Education at (859) 239-8986.

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