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Sycamore Youth Center is accepting registration for free classes that begin Jan. 19

VARIETY OF CLASSES OFFERED — A variety of free afterschool classes are offered for students as part of the Sycamore Youth Center’s offerings. Located at 301 N. Fourth St., the center is conducting registration for the 2021 winter/spring schedule with classes beginning Jan. 19. Among classes offered are tumbling as shown in this photo from a past semester. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The 2021 winter/spring schedule for the Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St., has been finalized and new registrations are being taken for classes that begin Jan. 19.

“All of the more than 40 classes are free of charge, and we at the center have more than 250 students involved in programs that meet at the center each week,” explained Bobbyjon Bauman, center director.

“New classes this semester include a ‘Boys to Men’ class teaching fifth- through 12th-grade students virtues and life skills that will assist in raising up productive young men in our society and a ‘Service Above Self’ community service class in which Kelly Jeffers will guide students in community service projects students will come up with and then carry out in our community,” Bauman noted.

“Our drama class has been working on ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis all fall and will perform the play in mid-May,” he added.

The second-semester classes run from Jan. 19 to May 15. All Steubenville City Schools elementary and middle school students will be able to ride the SVRTA bus from the school to the center but need to be picked up after their classes.

For information call or text Bauman at (608) 556-3068 or visit www.sycamorecenter.com.

This marks the second semester of the third year for classes being offered, according to Bauman.

“We have classes that will assist young people to learn life skills that many learned in the past but are rarely taught today such as sewing, cooking, auto and home repair,” he explained. “We are building up the lives of our area young people with useful life skills that will build up their self-esteem and allow them to be happy and emotionally healthy adults,” he said, regarding the value of the classes being offered.

All classes are one day a week with seven to 10 different classes each day. “They are stand-alone classes once a week,” he said.

Among the classes offered are art, Whiz Kids math skills class, story time with Miss Lissette, martial arts program tumbling, computer lab, Sonshine Bible Club, story time with Miss Lily, creative arts and play class, cooking class, Aspire Life Skills class, hip hop, praise band class, Stampin’ Up card/craft class, chess club for beginners and advanced players, “Life Support” for teens, Connect Youth Ministry, Tik Tok video class, guitar lessons, sewing, knitting and crocheting and board games.

Bauman noted 2020 was a productive year for the center thanks to financial help.

“This year our generous supporters have made it possible for us to hand out 500-plus meals every weekend to needy children since the first week of April when the COVID pandemic hit,” he explained. “We also have had more than 250 students involved in our 46 after-school classes which involve a volunteer staff of more than 60 individuals. We recently hired Kelly Jeffers part time as a director of student development and are looking to hire another assistant director of student development this month,” he continued.

“We held the Valley’s Got Talent competition with more than 2,000 online viewers and had the Old-Fashioned Country Christmas Concert as well. We recently gave away gifts to 250-plus needy children through our local Christmas Shoebox giveaway,” he added.

“If you would like to partner with us not only in prayer but also financially click on the link www.sycamorecenter.com/giving or send a check made out to OVYN (Ohio Valley Youth Network) to Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St. Steubenville, OH. 43952.”

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