JCYF updates

JCYF President Casey Ernstes gets her hands dirty during the remodel of the old Perry’s Pool where the foundation will now be located.

The Jennings County Youth Foundation (JCYF) has outgrown its workspace and are ready to upgrade their office along with their list of fun and participatory activities.

For the past several years JCYF have been utilizing a classroom at the Adult Education Center as their office. Their programs have outgrown this room and so they have moved on Friday, April 2 to where Perry’s Pools used to be on 420 N State St.

“Our hope is to eventually buy a building of our own. I will be writing grants to help us achieve that goal,” said President Casey Ernstes.

Once they’re settled in their new space, the JCYF team are starting some new programs for children in Jennings County. They will be offering activities such as STEM Night, cooking classes, mommy-and-me art class, daddy-and-me construction class, Dungeons & Dragons club, and more. These are the few they currently have planned and will begin in April.

The plan is to offer at least two per month and even more in the summer. The cost will be $5 per child which will be used to pay for materials, but eventually the goal is for it to be free.

“We are partnering with others in the community to help with our activity nights like Perceptions Yoga, Art & Mindfulness and Purdue Extension,” Ernstes said.

In addition to these new activities, the JCYF Summer Kids Camp will be happening June 28 to July 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Emy Ralston will be the camp director.

“She has been volunteering with JCYF for several years now,” added Ernstes. “The kids love her and she has some great activities planned.”

The JCYF Facebook page will be adding events as soon as possible and the registrations will be announced on that page, too. There are activities planned for April 16 and 30 as well as May 7 that are available for online registration.

These are the following daily themes for the camp:

• Monday: Mad Scientist

• Tuesday: Under the Sea

• Wednesday: Spy

• Thursday: Under Construction

• Friday: The Olympic Games

Ernstes enthused “We are very excited about our move and our new programs we will be offering. It has always been a dream of mine to open a place that offers activities for the kids in our community outside of school and sports.”