Southside Youth Senter

The Southside Youth Senter is a little known treasure in Wichita Falls. It's what program directors and representatives call "a home away from home" for children in Texoma.

Ashley Kittle, the Executive Director for the Southside Youth Senter, told Newschannel 6 she is excited about the summer camp 2012 program. This year's theme: "Around the World." Kittle explained the summer program.

She said, "Every week, we're going to go to a new location at Southside. So we're starting in Texas - starting at the home front! And we're going to go all the way around the world!" It's a cultural transformation in Wichita Falls!

Structured Weekly Activities & Features of the Program Include:

- Special presentations each week at camp, according to the "travel destination"

- The adoption of the week's destination language (Spanish for the week of camp dedicated to Mexico, etc.)

- Cultural Education

- Art classes

- Music classes

- Science classes

- Field trips

- Gardening

- Reading

- Cooking

- Athletic program activities

- Swimming

- Snack Bar

- Kid's Cafe

Travel them destinations: Texas, Hawaii, Australia, Orient, Africa, Egypt, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, France, Caribbean, Mexico, and "Out of this world" (Space!).

Program directors said, all in all, it's about making learning fun for kids in a safe environment. "Southside Youth Senter offers a fun and safe educational environment where children can come and learn something and have a blast at the same time," said Kittle.

Kittle credits Southside's staff as the element that really sets the Southside Youth Senter apart. Program Director, Darrin Warren said, "I love getting a chance to be involved in their lives and actually making an impact."

"I love the kids! I love this place! I think it's so much fun! It's the best job I've ever had... [Kids] have great role models and a support system here. We love to help them," said Shawna Maloney, Program Director for the Southside Youth Senter.

To register or for more information:

Phone: (940) 767-7071

Fax: (940) 767-7073

Address: 1205 Montgomery, Wichita Falls, TX 76302

Cost: $55 per week / per child (3 days = 1 week)

1 or 2 days only: $15 per day

Multi-Child Discount: $5 per child, if attending a full week

Early drop off and/or Late pick up is also available. Regular camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. You can drop your child off at SYS early starting at 7:00 a.m. for an additional $5 for an entire week. Or, you can also pick up your child from camp in the evening 30 minutes later (until 6:30 p.m.) for an additional $5 for that week of camp. If you choose to utilize both early drop off and late pick up during a week of summer camp, you will be charged an additional $10.

*The above specifications refer to one child for early drop off and/or late pick up services.

Pay only when you come!

*Financial Assistance Available

Brittany Glas, Newschannel 6