The Reach Our Youth (ROY) big brother /sister type program of Huron County, will be holding its 27th annual Christmas party Saturday at the VFW in Norwalk. About 130 local children and volunteers will be attending this gala event.
Judge Timothy L. Cardwell of Huron County Probate and Juvenile Courts and Kathy Noftz, executive director, will be welcoming the crowd along with master of ceremonies Dennis Stieber. Highlights include a luncheon served by the staff of Huron County Probate and Juvenile Court, magical entertainer Greg Carson, and a visit from Santa.
ROY is a one-to-one mentoring program for youth and is funded largely through the Huron County Juvenile Court. ROY also receives funding from the Willard and Norwalk area united funds. ROY matches volunteer mentors with children in our 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 weekly with a child. Mentors assist the children by teaching them skills, values and setting goals.
ROY currently has 45 matches of volunteers with youth and 88 additional children waiting for volunteer mentors. The program desperately needs mentors. For additional information on ROY, telephone (419) 663-2525 or stop at the office located on the first floor of the Huron County Courthouse.