Cornerstone expands options for grades 7-12 this year


Cornerstone Youth Center will offer new summer programming opportunities for youth in grades 7-12 this year. Students may sign up at any time by downloading the registration form on the CYC website, Programming takes place at Cornerstone, 19819 Monroeville Road, Monroeville.

This year Cornerstone is piloting a project called #CYC4LYFE: Mind. Body. Spirit, which focuses on health and wellness. Cornerstone will use the “Creating a Healthier Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness” curriculum from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. Activities include a walking club, book club, games, and weekly challenges. There will also be art enrichment and nutritional education. Programming will take place from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday from June 6-July 20. Transportation is available for participating students.

Along with daily programming, CYC’s summer offerings also will include the second annual HEAL Kitchen program, annual Leadership Camp and Culinary Camp.

In its second year, HEAL Kitchen will run from May 31-Aug. 2. Participants learn how to prepare and properly store healthy and fresh meals. The program will offer hands-on food preparation and end with a family meal and Fort Wayne TinCaps game on Aug. 2. HEAL Kitchen classes will take place Wednesday evening from 4:30-p.m. This program is free thanks to a partnership with St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview.

Leadership Camp will run from June 26-30 and will focus on identifying, building and strengthening personal leadership skills along with identifying personal gifts through assessment, hands-on activities and service. The registration fee is $75, which includes a weeklong summer camp with an overnight trip out of town that Wednesday. Leadership Camp runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Culinary Camp, running from July 24-28, will teach students front and back of the house restaurant skills that will be showcased in a community dinner on July 27. Chef Michael Bentz of Crackerjack Catering and a team of specialists will work with the students throughout the week, culminating in a dinner in which students prepare and serve the food. The cost for Culinary Camp is $75, which includes a weeklong summer camp and two tickets to the dinner for family members. Additional tickets for the meal are $25 each. RSVP to Allison Stratton at (260) 623-3972, ext. 182, to secure seats for the dinner as seating is limited.

Scholarships are available for those who may need assistance. For more information, contact CYC Executive Director Sarah Adams at (260) 623-3972, ext. 181. All requests are considered on an individual basis.

Cornerstone’s summer programming is made possible in part through grants from the Foellinger Foundation, Indiana-Michigan Power/AEP, Plymouth Congregational Church and the Allen County Commissioners along with other funders and community and individual support.

For more information or to inquire about transportation, call the programming staff at (260) 623-3972, ext. 183.