PO Box 3516
Kingston, NY 12402
Staff: 1 full-time/3 part-time
Program Supervisor: Megan Weiss
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Kingston Cares is a collaboration involving all segments of the community, committed to preventing and reducing substance use among youth in the City of Kingston and Kingston City School District. The collaborative works to decrease risk factors associated with substance use and increase protective factors, creating an environment that supports healthy decision making among youth in Kingston. Program staff work with the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department to supervise summer and after school programming at the Everette Hodge Community Center in Midtown Kingston. The Program Director also established a youth led initiative in the Kingston High School, known as the Student Success Center, to assist students to develop career plans, apply for college or seek post graduation vocational training.
ANCILLARY SERVICES: The project is committed to providing a forum for all segments of the community to work together to make Kingston a healthier community which promotes and acknowledges positive behaviors. The program also collects data and maintains statistics to analyze the success of program initiatives and identify significant new community trends.
During the 2014 summer, Kingston Cares provided breakfast, lunch and snack to 50 youth per day at the Everette Hodge Community Center. Funding for these meals was provided by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Considering over 95% of the youth frequenting the program receive free or reduced lunch and other benefits, access to healthy foods are critical.
In 2014, Kingston Cares again received a $25,000 contribution for its Student Success Center program from the AT&T Charitable Foundation, with the assistance of the City of Kingston’s Mayor, Shayne Gallo. The Student Success Center, first developed by creator Emilia Wiles in New York City, trains a select group of high school students to become Youth Leaders and trains the students on completing college applications and financial aid forms, creating resumes, searching for employment and internship opportunities and creating a post graduation plan. In the 2014 year: 32 youth have been assisted to fill out college applications, financial aid and develop a career plan; 30 youth attended a free SAT review class offered by the program; 20 underclassmen received assistance with tutoring, homework help, resume writing and job applications; 2 field trips were held for KHS Juniors to visit SUNY and private colleges.