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Youth Mentoring Program Continues To Grow

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

WYMT first told you about the Bridge 41 program in Clay County just last week.

Program coordinators say since WYMT spoke with them they have received a sizeable donation and now are looking to expand.

Yancey White says after school programs like the Bridge 41 boxing and mentoring program are exactly what cities in eastern Kentucky need.

"Kids don't have alternatives to seek out and go to, unfortunately that leads to situations where they have idle time on their hands and idle time leads to experimenting with drugs and alcohol," Yancey White said.

That's why White says he donated $5,000 to Bridge 41. He say it is his way of preventing kids from making the same mistakes he made.

"Being a recovering drug addict and alcoholic is something that not only touches me personally but touches the lives of probably almost every family in Clay County," White said.

"We've always had the support but it's actually been through words, now it's through actions and that's been wonderful," Ellen Nicholson said.

Now program directors say they hope to expand the program to neighboring counties and maybe even the whole region.

"We actually spend quite a bit of time planning and doing the policies and procedures and really looking at a quality program," Nicholson said.

Nicholson says the program is a success and if you don't believe her just look at the numbers.

In just one week the number of kids enrolled in the program have nearly doubled and if you ask kids here they say they aren't surprised.

"It keeps you not being out being bored, getting up wanting to do drugs and stuff," Chris Hubbard said.

"You can be yourself and don't nobody come up here and try to beat nobody up or be better than nobody else. Everybody just works on the same level," Shane Beach said.

Next in store for this group of young boxers is the chance to compete in their first amature match coming up in March.

Bridge 41 meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4 to 6 pm.

If you would like to get involved contact Ellen Nicholson at 606-813-1777.


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