Seneca, SC: On May 21, YouthLink will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce the community to its programs. The ceremony will be held at noon at 722 W North 1st Street, Seneca. The programs are open to boys and girls, K–12, in Oconee County, with the main focus being on 3rd grade and up.
All programs and services have as their goal to increase community involvement by equipping youth with the necessary tools to advance academically, professionally, and personally, but the means of achieving that goal vary widely to appeal to as many young people as possible.
Programs that have already begun include Strategies for Success, a workshop for elementary grade students that is based on Stephen Covey’s bestseller, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, to help youth with issues such as decision making, improving relationships, increasing self-confidence, and finding a balance between school and competing influences.
Travel basketball teams for 5th, 6th, and 8th graders, YouthLink 360, provide a nurturing environment where young boys and girls can advance their skills and fundamentals in basketball on a competitive level. The teams have already seen success, with both the 5th and 6th grade teams winning at the Greater Greenville Invitational this spring, and 6th and 8th grade teams finished 1st place in State Qualifier Tournament this past weekend.
This summer, YouthLink will offer a week-long STEM camp (June 20–24), combining academic concepts with real-world applications in coding, robotics, “weird science,” and more. Registration is open for the camp now; scholarships are available. In the fall, STEM Saturdays will cover the same curriculum.
The YouthLink Leadership Academy aims to nurture and enhance the academic development and life skills of local high school seniors, developing students to be true leaders and empowering them to inspire the same in others. Students will interact with business and community leaders to identify and expose the habits, practices, skills, and mindset common to extraordinary leadership.
YouthLink offers programs and training intended to increase community involvement by empowering youth with the necessary tools to advance academically, professionally and personally. Our programs have been developed with the help of trained professionals and years of best practice to build confidence, emotional intelligence, character, leadership, self-esteem and social skills. YouthLink is a service of the Blass Boys Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.