Youth Program Expansion

Local Youth Leaders Collaborate to Offer More Programming to Local Teens

The Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club on either Wednesday or Friday nights can host as many as 100 teens to the club for various activities. The T.I.T.A.N. (Teens Inspired To Act Now!) program led by Ms. Ty Bolden is challenging with the number of youth who are seeking program and community connection. So WSBGC through Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition has reached out to state and local partners to help take a good program and elevate it to a great program for the youth they serve.

In December a workshop led by Ms. Peggy Geisler and Mr. Aaron Hutt, youth serving specialist, convened a think tank of youth program leaders to engage in a dialogue to design a larger capacity and more robust teen program couched in the Asset Development framework of the United Way & AstraZeneca IM40 initiative. Each organization who attended which included: Man Up, Teens in Perspective, Unique, La Red and Boys and Girls Club Leadership shared their specialized programs with each other and began to envision how they could add to this program. "These Asset Rich organizations can bring so much to our youth”, stated Amanda Meade "if they all work together what a program we can have!”

The Coalition will be helping to hosted another planning session on January 16th were they designed program plans to begin implementation of additional programmatic components in February 2015. The program will look different with more structured activities and will need volunteers to help. The T.I.T.A.N. program and its partners are looking for adult female and male role models who are interested in serving teens. "There is a huge need for teen programming in Sussex County” stated Ms. Peggy Geisler "There is very little for our youth to do from 6-9 PM on weekdays and weekends. We need to have healthy fun opportunities for them”.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the organizations on this project please reach out to SCHPC at 302-262-9459.

2015 Quarterly Meeting Date:
Thursday, April 30, 2015

RSVP by April 23rd to ameade@healthysussex.org or 302-262-9459