SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
We offer hosts of community outreach activities monthly that promote civic engagement. A few examples of our more notable programs are the Dr. Martin Luther King celebrations, Make A Difference Day, Night Out Against Crime, Read Across America and The Annual Christmas Sleeve. We provide free food services for qualified Youth, as well as workshops/ training in life skills.
OMCYD believes that each life has value, and is connected with several organizations that allow us to help show our youth their value.
We offer leadership, mentor, and sensitivity training for each of our volunteers.
With the help of volunteer services from community facilities and organizations, we offer discussions for our youth on topics that range from environmental safety to nutritional health.
YOUTH-LED DISCUSSIONS AND WORKSHOPS
The ongoing program of the Oseola McCarty center continues to instill positive characters in our youth such as respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, teamwork, etc. These characters will help youth have self-esteem and confidence, which is very important to successful behaviors. We focus on developing and encouraging frequent reading habits and reading skills as well as one on one tutoring services. Currently, the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center provide services for approximately 175 families and 250 children overall; with approximately 25 to 30 attending our after school program, 60-80 attending our summer program and approximately 30 to 50 participating in our monthly activities programs. The present physical location of the organization is 607 McSwain Street in the former Grace Love Head-Start Building. The recent donation of this entire school site property to our organization allows us to expand our services to the community.
We are certified through the State of MS as a Licensed Child Care facility. Each volunteer is selected carefully, after receiving a thorough background check. These volunteers then receive training in youth mentoring. We are partnered with both the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey College for volunteer services.
More Youth Support
Crisis Intervention/Advocacy Services
Please contact Janet Baldwin for more information.
We are partnered with Hattiesburg School District, Forrest County, Perry County, and Pace Head Start to assist with familial needs of our Youth outside of school hours. This includes both mentoring and tutoring.
“If you want to be proud of yourself, you have got to do things you can be proud of.”
― Oseola McCarty
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