In the poor economic community of Amsterdam, NY, resides many under privileged youth that have limited supervision or guidance and a lot of unproductive developmental time due to the lack of youth related facilities & programs. There is no open recreational facility for children to go after school for a reasonable cost, the parks are destroyed, rotted & old, basketball courts are old and deteriorated and the most consistent activity among young male youth is playing basketball on a roll away hoop in a busy street. There are no programs, available facilities, technology, or volunteers to assist in the growth of the city & community’s children. Also due to the changing pace in the educational system, the youth in Amsterdam, NY are falling behind in overall school ratings and test scoring. This could be the lack of tutoring services available, & growing class room sizes or it can be an opportunity to create positive ways that teens can grow & educate themselves in the business workplace throughout the community. The upside to the lack of places for youth to go outside of school, on weekends, & summers, is the pride and positivity in the children of the city of Amsterdam, NY. There has been several not for profit organizations & individuals that have united to provide events & support to the children of the youth, but for the 100s of kids that go unguided, develop bad attitudes, there is a lack of consistent behavioral adjusting activities to keep them on the right track to succeeding in whatever they want in life. We have set up charitable services to community churches and schools that kids have voluntarily shown up to devote hours of their time, helping adults & volunteers with community service. The determination is that the kids, just need to be pushed in the right direction. Our plan is to develop a community business service that allows companies to hire youth in the community or organizations needing volunteers and in return these companies assist in providing educating work ethics & values. On top of instilling values into the youth, and giving them something to do, the business benefits by supporting the cause to support the youth in the community and the company in return gets eager to learn, hard-working, low cost employees.
The Amsterdam, NY, Montgomery county is an underprivelaged community, with high taxes, budget constricted city government, budget constricted school districts, and a lack of recreational centers and places for kids to go and enjoy themselves or become leaders. The Amsterdam Family YMCA is the only place around that offers these kid of leadership and educational services. Most families of the youth involved are of a spanish, white, or african american nationality and come from financial restricted families. The Population in Amsterdam NY is about 18,000, median household income of $37,000/year, Average home value of $90,000 and increasingly number of abandoned buildings. The city is a proudful town with some bright hopeful children that have a huge lack of educational, employment, or leadership resources to help them grown and develop into mature responsible adults.