Quality Behavioral Health 'Summer Youth Program' activities help kids stay healthy

CLARKSTON, WA - Tuesday we told you about the Boys and Girls Clubs summer program, and today we have another program helping keep your kids busy and safe this summer.

Reporter Carol Zinke has the story.

During the summer, when kids are out of school, it may be difficult for some to find ways to stay busy, which may tempt them to try things like alcohol and drugs.

Leaders from Quality behavioral Health have been working to fight this issue for years, with their Summer Youth Program.

It's a free program, offered every Wednesday through August, for kids who are going into sixth, seventh and eighth grades. They get to do different activities every week. Today they got to work on their gymnastic skills.

Sara Kern is the director of development for QBH. She said this program helps kids learn how to make healthy life choices.

"Are they going to use drugs and alcohol?" said Kern. "Are they going to start smoking? It's this age range that they're making those decisions. So, we're trying to teach them to stay above the influence and say no to those things."

Anna Hukreide is from Asotin and this is her first year.

"I've made a lot of friends and I'm learning a lot more from these camps about sexual assaults, how to exercise, when to exercise, how long to exercise and it's just really fun," said Hukreide.

This is Sierra Knuteson's first year too and she said she's glad she's a part of this program.

"It's been fun," said Knuteson. "I meet new friends and I get to do some activities. They help me stay more active and fit."

Alexis Coleman is a youth volunteer for this program. She started going to the camps five-years ago and decided she liked it so much she wanted to stay involved.

"I feel like it really, truly gets to some people and helps them make the right decisions," said Coleman. "It's helped me through a bunch of stuff, just by staying in this program."

"Give it a try," said Britney Robison. "If you don't like it, you don't have to stay. I think it's awesome. You get to learn new things, make new friends and have fun all at the same time."

Kern said they've had nothing but success over the last seven years and they'd like to keep this program going.

This program is for all teens going into 6th, 7th and 8th grades. For more information go to our KLEW Facebook page.