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PROVIDED PHOTO Matthew Krepps, an aviation instructor at Penn College, works with Dayaan Washington-Justice to build a model airplane as part of the Williamsport YMCA Community Youth Program.

In the fall of 2021, YMCA staff and volunteers revamped the program to become Community Youth, where teens learn something new every week that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn.

The Y has partnered with other organizations and professionals in our community to teach teens life skills including laundry, meal prep, and even cursive writing. They also learn about community service, volunteerism, and possible career paths.

Volunteer Keanna Usher and deputy program director Sarah March work together to bring mentors into the program, including Pennsylvania College of Technology aviation instructor Matthew Krepps, who taught teens about aviation maintenance . Krepps visited another time to make model airplanes and teach them how an airplane is built.

The program’s other mentors are Williamsport Y advisory board member Chris Tsai, who retired from the Social Security office and taught teens about financial literacy and wellbeing and a local retired science teacher. who taught them aerodynamics.

Community service projects include serving breakfast and distributing gifts at the YMCA’s Breakfast with Santa event and cleaning up trash in the community garden.

PHOTO PROVIDED Teens from the Williamsport YMCA Community Youth Program volunteer at the Breakfast with Santa event. They served food and distributed gifts to the children. Pictured left are Kyaire Parker, Niquis Coleman and Cyn’sere Coney.

If you are interested in being a mentor for the Community Youth Program, contact Sarah March at [email protected]

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