Author Archives: jvanderbeek

About jvanderbeek

I am the Kennedy Jr High After School Program Cooridnator and have been working with youth for the past 13 years. Before coming to Youth Services, I worked for Colors of Success as a case manager. In my spare time, I play in a reggae band and enjoy all sorts of sporting activities... mostly watching

Can teens mentor teens?

Several years ago, Youth Services started a Peer Mentor program for teens. This is our first year at Kennedy After School Program to participate. The idea behind the program is to provide a leadership opportunity for a youth who has … Continue reading

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Using Music Class To Help Teens Fit In

This school year, I decided to try something new. Being a musician, I wanted to give the students at the After School Program the opportunity to express themselves through music. In order to bring music to the students, we decided … Continue reading

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