Special Programs, Events and Collaboration

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.


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.

Summer Kickoff

Welcome Week

At the start to every school year, we hold our Welcome Week with different activities each day to give our members a taste of the activities we offer at the Youth Center.


Stop the Silence 3 on 3 Tourney

The Jeffrey Middlemiss Stop the Silence event takes place at the Youth Center every fall to bring awareness to the issue of addiction in our community, and to raise money that goes towards programs helping with addiction recovery. The event includes guest speakers on the topic of addiction, and raises money for scholarships for students to further their education.


Special Olympics

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, with the 4th grade Winter Basketball League being held on Saturday mornings at the Youth Center. 


Youth & Recreation Services Carnival

A major fundraiser for the Youth Center is traditionally held annually during the last weekend in April.



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!


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, last year this group was inducted into the Relay for Life Hall of Fame!