After building up support, popularity and experience in the basement of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Chippewa Valley Youth Club will be moving into the old armory by Windom Park, allowing for more room and more kids.
“We’ve been working on being able to rent the space for a couple of years now,” said Kerry Jaspersen, a member of the board of directors. “Trinity was a wonderful place to start, they were very supportive of us ... they were always very gracious, but it was never a long term solution. It let people see how it worked, and gave us a chance to keep growing.
There has been interest from more families, and we needed more space. We were pretty much at the max for what could be in the basement there.”
Last year, the Youth Club averaged about 25 kids a day, an increased interest helped push the final steps to moving into the new location.
The open space of the old armory will allow for more moving around, and physical activities, and the proximity to the park will provide opportunities as well.
The Chippewa Valley Youth Club is an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown, S.D. They work to provide a safe place for kids after school, where they can work on character building, learning to make good choices, homework and having fun.
“Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” Jaspersen said.
The Youth Club runs every day the Montevideo school district does, and on planned early dismissals. The after school hours are 3:15 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Kids have an opportunity to get in some physical exercise, work on crafts, get homework help, and try their hand at art.
“We try to plan something special each day,” Jaspersen said. “Like a ping pong tournament, or something unique like that.”
Longer programs are also developed based on the interests of the kids, and their parents.
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