What We Do

  • Empowering youth to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens

    • Character/ Leadership

      Developing good character and demonstrating leadership skills are critical for young people to succeed in school and in life. Our programs challenge kids to be community-minded. We’re volunteering at fundraisers, the Spring Fever Chase, and with Coastal and Community clean-ups.

    • Education

      The academic “Power Hour” after school is the hallmark of what we offer. Some 50 volunteers from high school students to grandparents help members become more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring. In our Summer Enrichment Academy, the month of July offers a team of certified teachers in reading, science and math giving kids a head start heading into a new school year.

    • The Arts

      Once a week Nancy Raia with the Eastern Shore Art Center brings canvas, paints and other projects to Young Street. Large collaborative canvases like “Direction” or individual watercolors and more line the walls at the club. “Squeaky Sneakers” during the Summer Academy takes kids through Fairhope with an Art Center volunteer – sketching local landmarks. Members also take part in piano/chorus and string programs offered in the afternoon at Fairhope Schools through grants from FEEF or the Mobile Symphony.

    • Health/Life

      Informed decisions about health and social issues can mean the difference between a life with limited options and a life filled with hope. Our programs include drug, alcohol and tobacco awareness/prevention in partnership with the Baldwin County Drug & Alcohol Coalition. First Community Bank offers lessons on saving. And our summer wellness program stresses nutrition and making healthy choices. Volunteers with Weeks Bay Reserve and the Baldwin County Master Gardeners Program also work with club members in our youth garden – launched by Fairhope’s Local Food Production Initiative in 2009.

    • Sports/Fitness and Recreation

      With Alabama’s poor ranking in childhood obesity – we’re committed to offering a variety of activities to keep our kids active and healthy. As soon as the after school RYC bus arrives – kids hit the playground or the gym to play basketball, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey or pool. Others head to one of the dozens of learning-focused board games.