Youth Development (CYD) Youth Summer Work Experience Program

What an adventure we had this year.  In the month of June, our Galveston youth, ages 12 -16,  acquired a wealth of knowledge in the areas of “soft skills, careers, trades and education through fun and adventurous activities. CYD participants made and painted picnic benches, and completed tasks at Sea Star Base and Odyssey Academy. They enjoyed a picnic at the park and a field trip to the Museum of Natural Science in Houston.  Youth participated in a contest to design the logo for their Summer Work Experience T-shirt.  Two students won best design, 1 for the front and 1 for the back.

Youth worked on a variety of tasks and activities from working with resin, and making soy candles and soap while learning  “soft skills” that are so important to success in the work environment. “Soft skills” include effective communication, taking initiative, problem-solving and leadership.  They used these soft skills while participating on a “work crew” where they helped their team complete tasks building and designing unique benches, working and learning to complete tasks at Odyssey Academy, and working and learning to complete a variety of tasks at Sea Star Base Galveston.

The Children’s Center, Inc. will soon celebrate 145 years servicing a trauma-focused continuum of caring, providing safety, housing, and mentoring for children, youth and families, who are survivors of abandonment, abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It serves the Texas Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mexico and provides prevention and intervention services through outreach in Mexico and Central America.

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