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SHOV/Jr. SHOV needs your help!

Youth has updated its website and added a Tumblr!: www.heartsfor & heartsforyouth.tumblr.c om SHOV programs in need of life skills classes— contact us if you can help HFY newsletters now available!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Family fun days


Summer rec underway


Swim program


Steel drum clinic


HFY going digital!


Our email list 3

Students win scholarships


Hearts for Youth is looking for instructors or volunteers experienced in a range of skills and talents to help with our teen drop-in programs: SHOV and Jr. SHOV. These programs offer students an opportunity to socialize and learn new skills, with an emphasis on life skills. SHOV caters to students in grades 7-12, and Jr. SHOV 4-6. Both programs meet at the Reformed Church of the 1000 Isles monthly October May; Jr. SHOV Thursday from 3-5 pm and SHOV

Friday from 7-10 pm. In the coming year, we would like to incorporate into these programs life

Our teen drop-in programs hope to benefit from the addition of even more life skills components!

skills and educational sessions on such topics as cooking, team building, stress reduction and conflict

resolution techniques, money management, substance prevention, and organization, as well as peer and parent support groups and arts workshops. If you or someone you know is able to lead a workshop on or teach any of the above skills/topics for a SHOV meeting, please contact Hearts for Youth at (315) 482-9971 ext. 2130 or Or, if you have additional ideas for topics/workshops, please let us know.

Monthly newsletters now available Monthly newsletters on Hearts for Youth happenings will now be available to the public. In June, the organization began compiling material for newsletters detailing recent events, upcoming events, any important in-

formation for the public, and more! For the time being, they will be available at the beginning of every month on the Hearts for Youth website, Tumblr, and Facebook. We hope to start sending copies home once the school year be-

gins. If you are involved in any Hearts for Youth or youth related events and would like to contribute material to a newsletter, please email your contribution to



Last year’s community trips to Water Safari & Mt. Ampersand

“...a fun-filled opportunity to learn a sport, build sportsmanship and team-oriented skills, and increase participation in healthy, physical activity.”

Family fun days Hearts for Youth has two fun-filled community day trips planned for the upcoming months! All community members—children and adults—are invited to join us on a trip to Water Safari and a hiking day to Mt. Arab. Water Safari, located in beautiful Old Forge, NY, is the state’s largest water theme park! A bus will leave for the park from Alexandria Central school at 7 am Thursday, July 26 and return approximately 10 pm that night. The cost for

admissions is $19,00/person, to be paid at the gate upon arrival. Mt. Arab, located in Piercefield, NY near Tupper Lake offers spectacular views of Tupper Lake, Mount Morris, the Adirondack High Peaks, and more from its peak equipped with a fire tower. Rated an easy to moderate hike, the climb to Mt. Arab is roughly two miles up and back. However, it is probably not recommended for children under 5th grade. A bus will

leave for the mountain from Alexandria Central school at 9 am Thursday, August 16 and return approximately 5 pm that afternoon. As always 7-12th grade do not need a chaperone, however, if your child is 6th grade or under a parent or guardian will need to accompany them. Permission slips and registration forms are to be completed for each child going on each trip and returned to the HFY office.

Summer rec underway Our summer recreation programs supplement those in the participating towns and villages, giving the children involved a fun-filled opportunity to learn a sport, build sportsmanship and teamoriented skills, and increase their participation in healthy, physical activity. All players, parents, and coaches for each sport are expected to read and sign a Code of Ethics prior to the start of each season, and

complete an evaluation at the end. These measures ensure the programs’ continued improvement and that they remain fun and engaging for all. The baseball and softball programs began in May, enlisting almost 100 girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 12. On June 24, parents of our players also held a very successful chicken BBQ to support these programs. The

baseball/softball teams will play their last games in mid-July. Co-ed soccer just recently started up with its 3 day clinic June 25-27. This program, open to all children 8-13, will run throughout the summer. Our Kayaking, Swim, Golf, Tennis, and T-ball programs will all be staring up soon in July. Kiddie Soccer will begin in August. See our website and google calendar for more information.

Additions to swim program We have found someone to help us with our swim program. She will be teaching Level 1 and level 1A for us. Contrary to the information provided on our permission slips, these levels will now be offered at the same time as our other levels be-

tween 9 - 10 for country, and 10-11 for village. They will run in half hour intervals with level 1 the first half hour and 1A the second half hour. We have also found a water safety instructor/trainer: Shirley Denesha from Keewaydin State Park has offered to instruct a training class at the end of the sum-

mer for anyone who would like to get their water safety instructors certification. Please call the HFY office if you are interested in taking this course and hopefully we will be able to have all levels of swim next summer.


Learning and fun abide at steel drum clinic gether in four groups to learn this the Gazebo in creative art and Sackets Harenjoy a unique, posibor, getting tive musical experiready to play ence. their drums. With the mission of engaging the community in a celebration of cultural diversity through music that is rooted in Caribbean artistic expression, this clinic provided a tool to nurture cultural understanding, team work, and discipline. Students at

During the week of June 25-29, eight of our students traveled to Sackets Harbor for a steel drum clinic offered by the River Rat Rhythm Project. A total of 50 students and adults from around the county came to-

Our students will put this life skill into practice when they perform at a series of public performances and parades throughout July: June 29: Gazebo, Sackets Harbor, NY @ 7:00 pm July 4: Parade, Norwood, NY @ 12:00 pm July 18: Carthage Summer Series, Carthage NY, 7-9 pm July 21: Can Am Days Parade, Sackets Harbor, NY @ 11:00 am

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HFY going digital! In an effort to keep our community best updated and informed on HFY happenings, the organization has revamped and added to its digital presence! Our website——has recently been updated to include all necessary forms for all our upcoming programs and need-to-know information, as well as our calendar highlighting all the specifics. Any permission slips, reg-

istration forms, or applications can be downloaded directly from the site and either completed and sent to HFY’s mailbox, or sent through email to You can also see our monthly newsletters, brochure, and all recent flyers and advertisements at the site’s “HFY News” page. HFY has a new Tumblr at! It is linked directly to our site under the page

date on everything you need to know “HFY Blog.” There, you can view all recent TI Sun articles for the organization, information on volunteering, recent updates and events, pictures, and multimedia. Our Facebook at hearts-for-youth also offers these updates. Friend us, follow us, and/or like us to keep up to date on everything you need to know about Hears for Youth!

about Hearts for Youth!”

Add yourself to our email list Hearts for Youth is starting an email list! If you’d like to get regular updates on upcoming events, our monthly newsletters, etc. just send us an email at with your full name, email address and saying you would like to be added. We’ve also added an option to our program registration forms. They can be found online or sent from the HFY office.

This option is completely voluntary, and parents and youth are in no way obligated to sign up. Also, your addition, if you choose, may be suspended at any time— meaning, if you add yourself and decide later you do not want to receive HFY updates, you just tell us and we take you off the list.

This will be a free service provided to all community members in the area who wish to make use of it.

Screen shot of our latest flyer. Just an example of materials HFY might send.


Hearts for Youth

Hearts for Youth (HFY) is a grassroots organization dedicated to providing opportunities, services, and support, so youth in our community will become healthy, educated, respectful, and productive citi-

Hearts for Youth PO Box 414 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

zens. HFY is an organization operating under the direction of the Inter-Municipal Agreement between the Town of Alexandria and the Village of Alexandria Bay. It also serves as the umbrella organization fa-

Phone: 315-482-9971 ext. 2130 E-mail:

cilitating the efforts of the established local youth boards known as the Redwood Youth Organization (RYO), Students Hooked on Values (SHOV), and the Plessis Youth Organization (PYO).

Investing in our future...our youth!

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Three students win HFY scholarships Congratulations to our scholarship winners! Hearts for Youth offers two scholarships to Alexandria Central Seniors every June at graduation. The Students Hooked on Values Scholarship is given to two seniors who will further their education at a trade school, a college, or in the service. The impact of their values on ACS and how they will influence their future endeavors determines the selection, and each student receives a $250.00 cash award.

This year, we are happy to announce that Alaina Lamica and Savannah Erck have been selected as the SHOV Scholarship recipients.

The Hearts for Youth Community Service Scholarship is chosen according to criteria relating to community service activities a student has participated in during their high school years. This student receives a $100.00 cash award. This year’s recipient was Tyler Edgar. A big congatulations goes out to all our recipients! We thank you, Alaina, Savannah, and Tyler, for your commitment and dedication, and are very proud of all of you!

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Friday from 7-10 pm. In the coming year, we would like to incorporate into these programs life skills and educational ses- sions on such top...