The Rising Stars Youth Program seeks to provide our youth with opportunities and activities that build positive relationships that strengthen and develop self esteem. RISING STARS will build confidence while promoting Volunteerism and Community Involvement through our Social Skills program. Students "STARS" will also be encouraged Academically through our Tutorial and Mentoring Programs as well as hands on training and discovery.
WHAT WE OFFER
~FIELD TRIPS ~HANDS-ON TRAINING ~COMMUNITY OUTREACH ~ MENTORING
Dr. Terri Mayes, Executive Director
In 2017, Dr. Mayes became the interim Director of the youth center. Under her passionate leadership and contagious energy, the entire center went through an overwhelming transformation. The location received a total facelift and the enrollment in the center quadrupled. In 2018, Dr. Mayes was named Executive Director by the Board of Directors. Dr. Mayes believes that the students that attend our program are our future. "Our goal is to prepare them so that they will be equipped not only academically, but Mentally and Spiritually as well, she explains. I believe that every student deserves a chance and with the proper support and love, all of their dreams are achievable!"
Dr. Janice Merritt, Director of Curriculum
Janice is a graduate from the Rome City Schools. After college, she returned home to teach in the Rome City Schools System. She served as a second grade teacher for 8 years, and spent the remaining 22 years as an administrator in Rome City Schools. She retired in 2010 with 32 years of experience. In 2010, she served as the Executive Director of Rebecca Blaylock Child Development Center until 2015. Currently, she serves as a Service Coordinator with the Babies Can't Wait early intervention program through the Department of Public Health.
Sherri Murray, Admissions and Academic Support Coordinator
Sherri comes to us with 35 years of experience in Administration, Customer Service, Finance, Credit Reporting , Education and Mentoring. Sherri was a former employee for Georgia State University Police Department Administrative Personnel in Atlanta Georgia. Upon relocating to Rome she was blessed to serve as an employee of Rome City Schools, where she gave 15 years of dedicated service. Serving as an employee in the School System allowed her to realize the impact we can make in the lives of At Risk students as well as the high achiever students.
North Broad Youth Center is the dream of a local entrepreneur and business owner Rene Fountain. He had the vision of encouraging and empowering the local youth of this generation. his desire was to create save and productive place for children and youth to go at after school instead of being at home alone. He began to pursue the dream by purchasing the beautiful building located at 1148 North Broad Street. The property has been completely renovated and transformed into a kid friendly environment. Since it's inception, the North Broad Youth Center has developed into a staple in the North broad Community. Dr. Terri Mayes attributes their success to the dedicated Stand and Volunteers that "not only love what they are doing but they love the children that they serve".
The North Broad Youth Center is a non-profit organization that offers a city-wide after-school program aptly named Rising Stars. Its goal is to provide children and youth, ages 4-14, with opportunities and activities that strengthen and encourage positive relationships. This free program is designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Arts, Reading and Social Skills. Research continues to show that these skills are the most critical in creating tomorrow's workforce. Students will build confidence while practicing volunteerism and community involvement. Outreach opportunities will allow them to gain insight into our Local, State and Federal governments thus creating a respect of community and the need for civic involvement. Students are not only supported Academically with the tutorial and mentoring programs but they are encouraged Spiritually through Bible Study and Prayer. The Christian Community has embraced our program and we are pleased to count North Broad Baptist Church and Greater Refuge Ministries as long-term committed partners.
The Center has been well received by the community and is pleased to have many dedicated partners that help us thrive. Our most important relationship is with school Administrators, Staff and Teachers. We work hand in hand with them to develop a curriculum that enhances the topics being taught in the classroom.
The Center is fortunate to have the dedicated Bonner Scholar volunteers from Berry College who assist with daily instruction and mentoring. We also have students from Shorter, Dalton State, as well as high school volunteers.
The YMCA provides our students a daily nutritional meal. Our program is also supported and maintained by our founder Rene Fountain and our community partner Pro Systems.
RISING STAR Memories
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Plant a Seed of HOPE
Your gift to the North Broad Youth Center will be used to change the lives of so many children right here in the Rome/Floyd County community. We urge you to partner with us and plant your seed today to help us grow healthy, bright, and be productive members of our community. Your generous gift is tax-deductible.
Please mail checks to: 1148 North Broad Street, Rome, Georgia 30161
Get in Touch!
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.