Who We Are
In 2016, the Regional Engagement Center, or REC, was envisioned for the youth of Snyder County to provide easily accessible positive social opportunities. In 2017, we’re making it happen through the generous support of this community and beyond. The REC is a 501(c)3 non-profit multigenerational community center focused on health and wellness for all. Beginning this fall we will offer:
- Free Drop-In Socialization and Homework Help in the ‘REC’ room or ‘library’
- Free No School Activity Days
- Mentoring Programs
- After School Programs
- Summer Camps
- Music/Art/STEM Classes
- Teen Leadership Program
- Teen Business Innovation Zone – Kids Café and Musical Productions
- Health and Wellness Classes for all ages
- Cooking Classes for all ages
Membership to the REC gives one access to all of the above, or families and youth can pick what they need. Scholarships will be provided for many for programs with a fee. Many programs have no cost at all!
The Regional Engagement Center will be the place for kids to go after school and on weekends, where intergenerational programs ignite the human spirit, and the community comes together to maximize existing resources and create new opportunities and connections.
The 2011 Pennsylvania Youth Survey data indicated that Snyder County youth feel their community is ‘disorganized’; they don’t know where to go or what to do, especially after school. Moreover, our rural community lacks easily accessible transportation.
Also in the PAYS data, Snyder County youth ranked higher than the state average in both access to and use of drugs or alcohol, as well as having participated in or thinking that antisocial behavior is okay. A regional survey done by United Way Teen Impact Council survey found a great need for afterschool programming in Snyder County. Responses highlighted gaps in available and accessible programing in the community.
This is our chance to make it happen!
REC Board of Directors 2018
Tom Peeler, President
Philip Riggs, Vice President
Martha Blessing, Treasurer
Marvin Rudnitsky, Secretary