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Joplin Family Y Plugged In program Connects Kids to School through Club

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 Once kids hit middle school, they become more independent and  start making decisions for themselves.  
     But sometimes they can go in the wrong direction, especially if they don't feel connected at school.
   So the Joplin Family YMCA is  backing a  program hoping to get kids plugged in to school. 


The middle school students are currently  printing and matting pictures they've taken in a photography class. The plugged in course created by the YMCA  has become life changing for its young participants. Its getting them connected to school and other students  in a new way. 

8th grader Matthew Horner says, "I never really did anything social so I thought this would be a good thing to do meet new people,  possibly meet old friends from my elementary school And I did." 

Sixth grader Emma Turner says, "Its just changed how I,  when I first came,  I was nervous,  now I feel like I know the school like I've been here the last 3 years."

Emma Turner moved here this school year  from Lebanon, Missouri. She credits the program with giving her a reason to want to come to school. 

"I'm  making more friends by clubs and stuff. Its been hard because I don't have any friends here,  I am now I do," says Emma.

Mallorie Larson, the YMCA program coordinator says kids in middle school can become at risk for making bad decisions.  She says, "The  goal of plugged in is to capture those kids who maybe feel out of place."

 The connections made in the six week courses  are already  impacting students performance in school and even their  attitudes toward showing up for classes. 

North Middle School principal Brandon Eggleston says, "They can excel in the things they're interested in. It gives them the confidence, you can tell,  because they can do things they really like to do.  And they're able to show how successful  and how good they are at things."

Emma says, "I feel like I accomplished a lot of things 5345 I showed my feelings in what I like to do." 

And Matthew says its helped him get more into classes, "Cause I'm getting more involved with the school, helping more people with other stuff, getting more socials than I used to be."

 The next plugged in course will take place at South Middle school. It will be a cooking class  and the students are already interested. 


Matthew says, "Because I like cooking too.  Its gonna be really good at home so my parents don't have to kind of work their butts off."

The YMCA  contracted with Art Feeds to conduct the six week photography session and with the  University of Missouri  Extension to  conduct Cooking Matters. 
But  it wants students to help decide future courses. 

 


 

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