SYCC partners with Youth & Community Coalition


BUCKHANNON — The Stockert Youth and Community Center (SYCC) Board met on Tuesday afternoon for their monthly review of reports.

The meeting began with recognized guest Susan Aloi, Community Engagement Specialist for Community Care of WV. She, along with Don Nestor, spoke on behalf of the Upshur Youth & Community Coalition, which provides helpful opportunities and resources to local youth.

The Coalition’s mission is to, “…unite the various entities and organizations of Upshur County to serve our youth by providing resources, opportunities, activities, and personal and professional guidance to enhance positive growth and development.”

SYCC will serve as a partner to the coalition, as well as Upshur County Schools, Community Care of WV, Fred Eberle Technical Center, and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Working together, Aloi and Nestor explained that the coalition’s goals are to:

1) Improve student engagement in school and community in order to…

2) Produce changes in student attitudes and behaviors that will…

3) Lead to outcomes that will prepare students to be successful in life and work.

Their initial focus areas are mental and physical wellness, technology applications, and career readiness for all types of students. As these goals and areas of focus are perused by students and community members, Upshur County Graduates will have “world-class knowledge, life characteristics, and college/career skills.”

Following their report, Amberle Jenkins provided the Board an update on finances. She outlined the month’s revenues and expenditures, and listed SYCC’s budget balance. Jenkins joined Debora Brockleman to report on SYCC’s new bus. Retiring their old means of transportation, the new bus is larger and has air conditioning. The updates will allow students to travel more comfortably and efficiently to field trips and events.

Brockleman continued her department report, commending students and staff on a successful start to the school year. She reported that current programs are thriving, and SYCC is facilitating their maximum number of students per day, with an enrollment of 60. They are now hosting an intern from FETC, who has set up a “Help Desk” for students struggling with technology. This individual will help problem solve, as well as teach multiple lessons on device functionality. SYCC was also approved for full reimbursements of their “After School Snack Program” that keeps children fed after their school day.

SYCC decided to keep the tentative Children’s Festival schedule, but they changed the approach due to COVID-19 cases. On September 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SYCC will host a “Drive-Thru” event in which families will drive their children through multiple pit-stops to receive snacks, take-home crafts, goodie bags, and giveaway prizes! Flyers with finalized information are to be passed out to Upshur County Schools within the week.

Concluding the meeting, City Recorder Randy Sanders notified the Board of his inquiry with U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, as he met with them regarding the 2023 World Association of Marching Show Bands competition. He suggested needing a space to help facilitate the event, putting the SYCC building as a top-contender for reconstruction. The decision made for WAMSB may help fund a new facility for Stockert.

The next Stockert Youth and Community Center meeting is set to take place on October 4 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

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