Norwalk Reflector: Local children have fun at annual ROY picnic

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Local children have fun at annual ROY picnic

• Aug 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM

The Reach Our Youth (ROY) big brother/sister-type program of Huron County held its annual picnic July 14 at Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

About 80 local children and volunteers attended this special activity. The picnic featured crafts, water games and a meet and greet with an adorable pup from the Humane Society. Members of the local 4-H Peeps Club assisted at the event.

ROY is a one-to-one mentoring program for Huron County youth and is funded largely through the Huron County Juvenile Court. ROY also receives funding from the Willard and Norwalk Area United funds.

The program matches volunteer mentors with children in the community who are eager to connect with adults who are willing to listen and be there for them. Volunteers make a six-month commitment to spend two hours, three to four times a month with a child. Mentors assist the youth by teaching skills, listening and setting goals.

“Mentoring is one of the most powerful ways to help connect children with caring adults. Mentors help young people stay in school, stay off drugs and achieve their goals,” said Sarah Simmons, ROY executive director.

ROY currently has 41 matches of volunteers with youth and 58 additional children throughout Huron County waiting for volunteer mentors and needs additional mentors. For further information on ROY, call 419-663-2525 or stop at the office located on the first floor of the Huron County Courthouse.

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