An organization dedicated to youth has raised thousands of dollars to support their efforts.
The Starke County Youth Club hosted its 8th annual radio-thon. The event was held on the airwaves of WKVI. A goal of $50-thousand was set to support after school activities in Starke County.
SCYC Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says it was an inspiring day from the community.
“I really think it means they believe kids deserve the best,” says Szakonyi. “That they know that kids are valuable and kids deserve to have support.”
$40,131 in pledges and donations was received. That is slightly lower than the $43-thousand raised the previous year.
Youth that are involved in after school activities such as tutoring and other academic activities are more likely to succeed in school and less likely to be involved in violent crime. Workforce training opportunities are also provided to students.
The Starke County Youth Club will continue fundraising efforts into the year to reach their goal of $50-thousand. Szakonyi says there’s always an opportunity to pledge support.
“This is our biggest event of the year, and so we tend not to do other big activities,” says Szakonyi. “We’ll still do our annual Butter Braid sale in the fall, and we have a phone-drives later in the year.”
Parents that involve their youth in after school activities can also save on baby-sitting costs
The SCYC programs are available to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and meet at Knox, North Judson-San Pierre, and Oregon-Davis Schools.