082613MVSBPemiYouthCenter: 3X Pemi Youth Center (313)

MEREDITH — Pemi Youth Center was chosen as one of nineteen non-profit agencies across the greater Lakes Region to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank charitable fund. The Center will use the $5,000 grant to support their After School Program, which provides a safe, supervised, after school environment that engages youth in educational and enrichment activities to support academic and social development.

All services at the Pemi Youth Center are provided at no cost to youth or their families. Staff and volunteers provide positive role models and mentors for attendees and lead them in a variety of after school activities including: academic support, mentoring, creative arts, recreational activities, cooking, empowerment groups, drug and alcohol prevention, a science program, community service opportunities, college planning assistance, and more.

In addition to these activities, the group prepares a healthy meal daily and 90% of participants eat dinner each week night at the Center.

"At Pemi Youth Center, we take a holistic approach to our After School Program, ensuring that we are not only helping students succeed academically, but also socially and emotionally," said Jessica Dutille, Executive Director for Pemi Youth Center. "Through the building of relationships and participation in activities, our youth attendees develop confidence and self-esteem as well as new interests and skills. This generous support from MVSB will help us continue to provide a high quality after school program to the Greater Plymouth and Grafton County communities."

CAPTION — Pemi Youth Center Executive Director Jessica Dutille (middle row, second from left), Program Director Brian Dutille (back row, left), Board Member Richard Hage (back row, right), Volunteer youth and volunteers gather with Meredith Village Savings Bank’s Sara Custance (back row, second from left) and Martha Clifford (middle row, right) in front of the Center to acknowledge a recent $5000 grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank fund to help support the Center’s After School Program. (Courtesy photo)