Meet our new Program Assistant

Oh, hi there, Adventurers!

My name is Meghan McAfee, and I am excited to call myself the Creative Youth Center’s new Program Assistant.

About a year ago, I was asked to lead creative writing workshops and have been working with students from Cook Arts Center, West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center, GVSU’s TRiO program, and Congress Elementary. (The Congress kids even wrote a chapbook—Even a Table, Even an Elephant.) Previously, I volunteered with the Press Club and the workshops at Baxter Community Center.

I come to you fresh out of a 10.5-month AmeriCorps term with the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Schools of Hope program. During that time, I served roughly 45 students in in-school and after-school programs, to increase their literacy rates, enabling them to read at grade level.

Now, I will be sharing the helm of the Thrive tutoring program and the Afterschool Adventure program with Katie Caralis, Program Director, and I hope to meet a few of you while you’re volunteering.

Maybe, together, we can convince Captain H. Tanny to let us tag along on a few adventures…


Tutoring for the CYC

Hear, hear: Zsjonae, age 13, talks about her experience with tutoring in this link.

A shout-out to all those who want to affect change in kid’s lives!

Tutoring allows academic and personal growth and every helping hand and hour matters. The CYC is looking for volunteers who will tutor one-on-one in any academic subject for our Thrive Tutoring program, which happens on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. Tutors will be working with kids ages 11-18 and must commit to come at least once a week.

If you are inspired to help and you love kids, this is for you.

Volunteer orientation is on August 27th at 6:00 p.m. Tutoring training starts on the same day at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join!