Youth Appreciation Day
Youth Appreciation Day is an annual event that is held in June. This event recognizes all the youth in town that have utilized their time and energy to help out and volunteer in the NAYRS community. This includes all the kids who lend a hand at the Youth Center as well as the high schoolers who participate in our volunteer programs. The evening is filled with awards, gifts, wise words from a guest speaker, and a cookout. Also at this event, 2-4 graduating seniors are acknowledged for receiving college scholarships funds from JNHYC, Inc. 2018 Youth Appreciation Day will be held on Wednesday 5/30, and invitations to our youth volunteers have been sent out!
Summer Kickoff Party
This is an annual event held for Youth Center members on the last day of school. Each year members can count on a great start to their summer with a cookout, carnival games, inflatables, and more.
Youth & Recreation Services Carnival
A major fundraiser for the Youth Center is traditionally held annually during the last weekend in April, held by Cushing Amusements.
Team AK's Nothin' but Net 3 vs. 3 Tourney
Youth Center member Aaron Kenneally had two seizures within a week when he was in 4th grade and was diagnosed with epilepsy at Boston Children’s Hospital. He was prescribed medicine which kept his condition in check until 7th grade. Between November and June during that school year, he suffered 15 violent seizures. It was during this time that Aaron was moved to the care of Dr. Phillip Pearl, Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pearl worked with Aaron to find the right combination of medicine, nutrition, vitamins, and rest. After several months of testing and exams, Aaron’s condition had stabilized. Aaron has been seizure free for almost two years. Last year, Aaron organized a fundraiser at one of his middle school basketball games and raised $5,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation. After that event he applied and was selected as a National Youth Ambassador for Athletes vs. Epilepsy. In this role he helps educate others about epilepsy and how to respond to seizures and also organizes an annual fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation. 2018 was the first year of AK's Nothin but Net tournament hosted by the Youth Center, and it was a very successful event. 23 teams participated with divisions ranging from 6th, 7th and 9th grade boys and an 8th/9th grade girls division. The event was an all day affair where we saw teams and players from North Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and Lowell. Games were played inside and out with plenty of spectators on hand! The Youth Center was proud to host this event for Aaron and his family to raise money and awareness for the Epilepsy foundation!
North Andover Crusaders
The North Andover Crusaders utilize our building/gym for their Special Olympics basketball program from November to March. The program brings together Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners building friendship, character, leadership and inspiring greatness in all who participate. Contact Brian Downey for more information.
Booster Club Basketball
The Youth Center collaborates with Booster Club basketball during the winter season for team practices, along with the 4th grade Winter Basketball League being held on Saturday mornings at the Youth Center.
The Youth Center has been teaming up with the North Andover Police Department to bring the national RAD self-defense programs to our youth. We have hosted multiple self-defense programs for grades K-5, as well as one for teenage girls. Thank you NAPD! For more information on RAD programs offered at the Youth Center, contact Officer Caffrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPD National Night Out
Every year our NAYRS summer staff participates in the Police Department's National Night Out event!
Merrimack Valley Relay for Life
Our Helping Hands high school leadership group has been a top fundraising team for the Merrimack Valley Relay for Life for several years. Thanks to fundraising from this group under many years of leadership from Michelle Grasso, Molly Malandrino and Micaela Tetrault, in 2017 this group was inducted into the Relay for Life Hall of Fame! The 2017-18 Helping Hands team under the leadership of Laura Stevens has already raised more than $10,000 for the 2018 Merrimack Valley Relay for Life!