youth center is a youth run organization that is supervised
an adult board of directors. The youth organize themselves
by electing officers and board members who survey the youth
and plan activities. Committees are formed for each type of
activity and the committee members plan and carry out the
necessary actions to be successful for their plan. There may
be local fundraising for individual activities carried out
by the youth.
In addition to the Activity Committee, there will also
be committees formed for Building Maintenance, Security,
Education, Employment, and Public Relations. There will
be an adult board member assigned to each committee who
will be required to attend each committee meeting and the
adult board meetings.
The rules for the youth center are formulated and enforced
by the youth, with final approval from the adult board of
directors. America for Youth Foundation has a suggested
list of rules that the youth can draw from. There is a youth
security group that is responsible for enforcement of the
rules. One of the adult board members acts as the security
advisor for the youth security group, along with the adult
Youth Center volunteer who is on duty at the time.
The hours of operation will be determined by the Youth
board and the adult board, with final approval from the
city or township. The hours of operation will not interfere
with public schools or local curfews.
The adult board of directors will provide annual and semiannual
reports to the city or township and will invite the appropriate
official from the city or township to the monthly board
meetings. The city or township official will have the opportunity
to provide input at these board meetings. If the youth center
is sponsored by a local charitable organization, a representative
from that organization will be invited to attend the monthly
board meetings and will have the opportunity to provide
input at these meetings.
America for Youth Foundation will provide the start up
capital to get the youth center up and running, and will
help to make the youth center self supporting. America for
Youth Foundation will offer support to the youth center
on an ongoing basis, as needed. Our goal is to make each
center self supporting. We have tried and true formulas
to make this happen.
America for Youth Foundation realizes that each city or
township is different and has different needs for their
youth. With that in mind, America for Youth Foundation will
help develop a plan for a youth center that is custom tailored
to fit the needs of that particular community, allowing
for special needs and concerns for the youth of that community.