Our Summer Youth Program for 2013 has come to an end and the students have all returned to classes.
We did end the program with more success stories, success with our youth and our mentors. We did add a couple of new businesses that became mentors this year, and I might add, have already agreed to be a part of the program next year.
The reports I have received back from the mentors during the summer have been outstanding. Our youth have been so proud and appreciative in the opportunity to learn and earn. This program actually gives them the opportunity to learn so much about the business where they are placed.
This program would not be possible without the grant that BPU provides. As with other years, we go into the program each year knowing that we can’t place all our applicants, which is disappointing for us, for our applicants and usually the parents. We normally get the informational letters out in early May and begin the interviews in mid-June. The youth and mentors are made aware of how the program works. In 2014 we will also be including informational process of the program to the parents also.
Again, this program seems to be the most time-consuming and sometimes most stressful, but always becomes one of the most outstanding and rewarding. It makes for one of the “feel good feelings” kind of days.
Now this leads me to more of our Summer Youth Program and a few of our September special events.
The Leavenworth Road Association’s Sept. 10 monthly meeting will give our attendees a chance to see some of the youth program in action.
We had several of our youth that had been involved through the years with Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts, under the guidance of Judi Jones. Judi became a mentor this year and those in our youth program who had studied under her in the past, became her youth helpers for the younger participants in her group. A few of the board members attended the open house season end performance. We were amazed at their talent. They will be performing at our monthly meeting.
We will be having what I am calling a “mini-dinner show” type meeting, with the performers as our guest presentation. This group has great parent support, so we are expecting a great attendance of those parents also. I am also sending a special invitation to BPU and the BPU board members, so they can witness first hand their grant money at work.
We normally have potluck dinners, but for this special we are having potluck sharing refreshments. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m., as all the performers are school age, so they will be back on their school schedule of homework and early bedtimes.
Also in September, making it special, we should begin to see activity for the new Advance Auto Parts Store a few days after Labor Day.
The special September event, LRA’s Annual Autumn Gold Parade: Sept. 15. If you need an entry form, call the office or pick one up at Buz’s Muffler. Let’s celebrate the newly repaved surface, with Dotte pride. Again that is Sept. 15, parade starts at 2 p.m. at 72nd and Leavenworth Road and travels to 51st and Leavenworth Road.
Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.