Civil Rights Scenario

Save Our Youth celebrates Black History month by re-creating different accounts of the Civil Rights / Jim Crow era of the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s: adult and youth participation at various churches and schools have helped bring the importance of the message from these impromptu scenarios which is for us to learn too respect each other no matter who we are, (This year this program celebrated its eight year).

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Volunteer Service Program

We teach our youth the importance of giving back to our community by engaging them in community projects in the summer. We also work with youth who have court ordered community service hours to complete, this program will be in its 3rd year this year.

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Library Card Challenge

Library Card Challenge – Save Our Youth has partnered with the Carnegie Branch Library to help promote “Reading” in the summer. Youth ages 8 to 17 are allowed to apply for a library card under the Save Our Youth program which authorizes them to be able to use the youth library services, (This program will be in its fourth year this year).

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Youth Chess Tournament

Youth Chess Tournament – Celebrating National mentoring month in January since 2010, Save Our Youth has developed several youth chess players through our chess program. The two winners of this contest each receive a trophy.

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Tigers Baseball Game

Since 2010, the United Way of Jackson County has sponsored 50 Save Our Youth program participants to attend a Detroit Tiger baseball game. Youth ages 8 to 17 are eligible under the SOY guidelines; the games are usually in the month of July.

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Quiz Contest Black History Month

Save Our Youth celebrates Black History moth with the junior high school, high school and college level students by hosting an African American quiz contest. The purpose is to teach tolerance, diversity and help the students understand the importance of learning to co-exist with each other. The winner of the contest receives an IPad while other students receive various gift cards, (This year, this program celebrated its eighth year).

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7 Block Prison Tour

This is a guided tour targeting youth ages 8 to 17. The tour guide is a 25-year retired Correction Officer who walks the youth through the cell block while explaining what a typical day is for a prisoner, (This year will be the 3rd year for this program).

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Jackson County Fair

Save Our Youth sponsors 100 youth to attend the Jackson County Fair. The youth ages 5 to 17 has a chance to enjoy themselves riding rides all day and enjoy a meal and snacks, (This year will be the sixth year for this program).

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Putt Putt Golfing

Putt Putt Golfing – Save Our Youth has a relationship with Pro Golfer Eric Terrian and the Pro Duffers of Jackson. The youth ages 5 to 17 spends a day during the summer on the mini golf course at Ella Sharp Park, learning basic putting from members of the Pro Duffers, ( this year will be the fifth year for this program).

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Frosty Boy School Party

End of the school year community Party / Back to school community party – At the end of the school year, Frosty Boy Ice Cream and Save Our Youth work together with celebrating the end of the school year at the Frosty Boy Ice Cream parlor on Cooper St.; our purpose is trying to create a positive mind set and offer our various summer programs / projects to the youth. The back to school community party includes a back pack give away, (This program will be in its fourth year this year).

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