Youth Empowerment Program - Monticello, NY Sullivan County

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The Teen Link to Community (TLC) Group located at 33 Lakewood Avenue (The United Way Building) in Monticello, NY, is offering a free program for youth on August 22, 2007. Creative exploration will include performance art, music, dance, and more.

Young people between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in working towards change and awareness within the community through contemporary various art forms should inquire about participating by calling (845) 791-7429.  


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Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
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This sounds like it will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity. And it's FREE!
Aug 18, 2007 05:45 PM #1
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

This sounds like a neat program for kids who are on the verge of getting in trouble. I would like to see something like that here and maybe even invite kids who are starting to get in to trouble with the law. Let them see that there is something out there that they can do to better them selves and maybe even help them find a new passion.

Aug 21, 2007 05:22 PM #2
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. I see there is quite a bit of community based programming in your area. That's a great thing for the youth. How about over-nighting one of those jerk dinners:-)

Aug 22, 2007 12:06 PM #3

It's good to know that many are trying to reach the children who make our future happen.

I am the Coordinator of our local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group in the Town of Bethel (Sullivan County, NY). I am submitting to you this information in preparation of an informational meeting which will be held in the near future. Please review the following introduction to become a bit more familiar with this group, its purpose and the impact intended within our community.

 MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS or MOPS for short is an open, accepting place where every mom is welcomed, challenged to reach her potential and recognize her influence with her family and her world.

MOPS is an international non-denominational faith based organization with its roots established as a small group in 1973.

MOPS says to a mother - here is a place you can come and belong. We're going to make it a safe place and meet you right where you are in life. Belong here as long as you want, then belief can come whenever you are ready.

This MOPS group will be the first and only group in existence in the entire Sullivan County area. It will be proudly chartered by the Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church (MVUMC); Pastor Randolph (Randy) Yerkes; with meeting dates and activities to be announced at a later date. All members are invited and encouraged to bring their children to be a part of the MOPPETS group.

Some of the anticipated activities will include:

Picnics at the Town of Bethel Park

Discussion groups and/or talk therapy

Creative activities for both moms and children

Field trips (including participation in local parades - ie stroller march)

Participation in the Town of Bethel Youth activities

Fundraisers and many other opportunities/activities as they are presented


While moms enjoy the meetings, their children will be lovingly cared for in the MOPPETS program, which is designed to meet their needs with activities that encourage social growth and spiritual enrichment. Age-appropriate stories, songs, games, crafts and free play enhance their physical and creative development. Children will be divided into age groups as participation allows and the program grows. They will be cared for by qualified and carefully screened volunteers, who will provide children with a fun and safe environment. Child registration will be required for the MOPPETS program and a NYS Child Identification Program (CHIP) will be utilized to further enhance safety measures. This will be maintained regularly. Children are never far from their mothers. Similar and even combined activities will be encouraged often.

As Coordinator of this MOPS group, my intentions are to form an alliance with those who have the greatest impact on the mothers and children of our community. I believe that outreach begins from within and it is vital to our future as a whole. Thus this message is being forwarded to many other groups and services. It is my hope that these alliances will assist in reaching the full potential of parent/child/community relationships, which may ultimately increase participation in the youth activities of our area as well as present new ideas for activities for all groups which become involved in this mission. There is a huge potential for involvement of many to work collectively on these relationships and I intend to engage as much of the community as realistically possible.(ie - senior citizens, to participate in group discussions and the MOPPETS group, the CHIP program, DARE speakers, local educators, teen pregnancy counselors, local church organizations, etc etc - the possibilities for inclusion are virtually limitless).

I ask for your assistance and encourage you to share the existence of this group; electronically or otherwise; with the residents of our community and other organizations of interest. It is my pleasure to share with you this information and I look forward to your involvement, including suggestions and constructive criticism. I will contact you once again when the first meeting is being announced. Attached you will find the description of a MOPS group in the form of a web archive.  More information can be found at I am available to answer any inquiries at your convenience.

Enjoy your day and remember "Better Moms Make A Better World."

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