The Youth Outlet Center has kicked off summer with activities to keep kids busy in every age group this year.
Youth Outlet Executive Director Patience Hisey said the program has grown in leaps and bounds since COVID restrictions have lifted.
Their Summer Student Program is everyday during the week from 3pm to 4:30pm and provides a place for middle school and high school aged kids to hang out, watch movies and have snacks.
Every Friday afternoon they also have Friday at the Park from 2-4 pm that includes crafts, snacks and ends with ice cream sundaes at the big pavilion by Manitou Mountain in the Rochester City Park.
The Friday morning preschool book club keeps the younger crowd busy and has increased in popularity this summer, averaging around 40 kids plus parents every Friday morning at 10 am. Open for little ones five years and under, they are provided with stories, crafts and social time. Older siblings are also welcome.
Hisey said they're always looking for volunteers to do one day a week from 3-4:30 pm. Anyone interested must pass a background check and can contact Hisey at 574-223-5437 or visit their website at theoutletyouthcenter.org.
They also still offer the community shower and laundry area to anyone in need, by appointment only. Toiletries, supplies and even clothes are provided, all thanks to donations from the community.
Always accepting donations of all kinds ranging from hygiene items to snacks, Hisey said the Rochester community has been extremely generous with their donations.