Giving From the Heart Tea March 11

Youth First, of the Washington County Family YMCA, and Creating Avenues for Student Transformation (CAST) will be celebrating the 9th annual Giving from the Heart event on March 11th at Christie’s on the Square.  Previously hosted by the Women’s Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation, a spring tea is once again planned to support our mission to provide opportunities, services, and education to families in Washington County, Indiana.  CAST and Youth First are local youth serving organizations with the passion to make positive change in our community through various youth enrichment programs.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual tea, starting at 4:30 p.m. March 11th at Christie’s on the Square. Individual tickets are $50, tables of four, six or eight also available.  Reservations may be made at the Washington County Family YMCA and are encouraged by March 1.

Tea and light refreshments will be served. Guest speaker will be Ginny Tackett. Ginny is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, consultant, speaker, executive coach, adjunct professor and Townsend Leadership Director who brings 23 years of experience to her industry. She will be speaking on The Power in the Struggle.
Youth First of the Washington County Family YMCA, and Creating Avenues for Student Transformation (CAST) are sponsoring the tea.

CAST is an organization that serves middle school and elementary students in Washington County.   Currently, CAST offers summer enrichment opportunities for middle school students, and a tutoring and mentoring after school program to Salem students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year.  CAST focuses on its mission of encouraging Washington County students to grow into contributing citizens with a lifelong passion for learning.  CAST volunteers are also working inside classrooms at Bradie Shrum Elementary to help students receive any extra help they need!

Youth First builds assets in our Youth. Through the many athletic and enrichment programs geared towards youth at the Y, Youth First strives to aid our children in being prepared for bright futures by building their 40 Developmental Assets.  The 40 Developmental Assets, an initiative of the prestigious Search Institute, are a set of skills, experiences, relationships, & behaviors that enable our youth to develop into successful and contributing adults.  

With the intentions of building assets in Youth, The YMCA and its Youth First initiative strive to fill community voids in these areas to provide youth with the environments, mentors, skills sets, and personal commitment needed to succeed.  YMCA Youth First programming has many options to help grow Assets in our youth—from break camps, ROCKs, an After School Program, Preschool, Mentoring Program and Youth Sports—there is something for everybody.



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