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Rochester's YMCA to offer a new teen program this spring

It’s called the Teen Thrive program and will be offered to middle and high school students in the area.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:03 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Rochester Area Family YMCA will offer a new program this spring.

It’s called the Teen Thrive program and will be offered to middle and high school students in the area.

Josh May, the executive director, said the Rochester YMCA will have to hire more staff, as well as get more volunteers. That’s so the program can provide middle and high schoolers in the area with mentorship, college prep, and life skills.

“Social adaptability is something that is our [YMCA’s] responsibility to make sure that the youth are prepared for,” May said. “How do they greet themselves, introduce themselves, dress professionally, prepare a resume to go meet individuals for job preparation.”

Rochester will be able to incorporate the program thanks to $45,000 in grant money from Mayo Clinic.

May said YMCA’s Thrive program will help fill a need in the Rochester community.

“I think the youth are already under-served in this community,” May said, “and it's only going to grow. With the influx of families coming into this community, the need is there. Especially right in the proximity of the YMCA, there's definitely a high need and demand for the services here.”

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