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Youth Alternatives Dance Proceeds Benefit Rising Summer Camp Costs


Each summer, for more than 40 years, 150 local youth have had the chance to go to summer camp, hosted by Youth Alternatives (YA).

The camp is free to those 8 to 15 years old and typically has repeat campers, who upon reaching the ages 16-18, return as junior counselors. The camp is held at different locations and is now at Beaumont Scout Reservation in Rock Creek, Ohio. This year, the staff of YA will travel with 150 campers for the hour and a half ride to camp.

YA Director Corina Woods shares: “For many of these youth, this is the one time they can just be kids, away from the responsibilities they share at home.”

During the week they build relationships with other campers and the counselors.  The annual talent show provides a chance for confidence building, with campers encouraging each other.

More information about camp, including an application, is available at yavenangocounty.org. Corina shares that the cost per camper is going up significantly.  YA will be hosting their annual fundraiser “Valentines Day Dance,” benefiting the Children’s Camping Program, on February 8, at the Oil City VFW. Tickets are available at the Venango Chamber.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s February 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Especially for Teens Event – Wednesday, September 18


Youth Alternatives, Adagio Health, and UPMC Northwest have teamed up to bring an “Especially for Teens (and their Families)” event to the community on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cranberry Mall. 

Adagio Health hosted a teen night along with Youth Alternatives’ Health Resource Center this past March with some success.

“We wanted to expand the teen night to make it available to more participants in a larger venue,” according to Kathy Smerkar, Adagio Health Office Manager.  The three agencies planned the event to be similar to the successful, long standing “Especially for Women” model that UPMC Northwest and Adagio Health use for their annual health and wellness event each October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Free services and screenings will include a distracted driving simulator from PennDOT, vision screening offered by the Venango County Blind Association, and blood type testing provided by UPMC Northwest.  (Parental signature will be required for blood type testing).

There will be over 15 agencies available with information geared towards teenagers and their family members.  Games, prizes, and giveaways will be some of the highlights, and a free gift will be given to the first 100 teens. A light supper of pizza, chips, cookies and drinks will be provided to participants.

Pre-registration is not required but highly encouraged to allow for an accurate food count.  To register, please call Adagio Health at (814) 676-1811.

“There is so much information in our community that is important for our teens and their families to know. We are bringing all of that together in one place to help teens and their families navigate the sometimes confusing world of being a teen,” says Corinne Carbaugh, Health Resource Center Coordinator at Youth Alternatives. “We are hoping that this will become a yearly event,” the committee commented.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Youth Alternatives’ Valentine’s Dance


YA Valentine's Day DanceYouth Alternatives’ annual Valentine’s Day Dance will be held Saturday, February 9, at the Oil City VFW Post No. 464. The doors will be open at 7 p.m. and the dance will have live music by Chuck Justice & The Junkyard Lawyers starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and non-refundable.  They are being sold at both Youth Alternatives’ locations, the Oil City VFW and at the Venango Chamber. You must be 21 years or older to attend.

The event benefits Youth Alternatives’ children’s camping program. Each summer, 150 youth, multiple volunteers, and Youth Alternatives staff travel by bus to Rock Creek, OH, were they spend a week at Camp Beaumont.

The camp is free to youth in the Venango County area. Youth Alternatives is able to give youth this experience through contributions from local donors.

The Valentine’s Dance is one of the agency’s largest camp fundraisers of the year. More information is available by calling Youth Alternatives at (814) 676-5785 (Oil City location) or (814) 346-0188 (Franklin location).

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s February 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.