Agency Back to School Picnic Planned

Posted by: swright 6 months, 1 week ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services on August 24th will host a Back to School picnic to kick off the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.  The event will take place at the picnic shelter at Southmountain Estates, our Foster Community.  The principals and teachers from Glen Alpine Elementary, Table Rock Middle School and Freedom High School as well as Burke County School Administrators are invited to attend.  We hope to have a great turnout to celebrate "Back To School!"

Thank You to the High Country United Way!

Posted by: swright 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services was recently awarded a grant for $445.60 by the High Country United Way.  The grant will benefit clients served at the Watauga and Avery County Center of Excellence who are receiving Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy in order to overcome trauma symptoms resulting from abuse, neglect, or other loss.  The grant will be used to purchase gas cards for families who are struggling financially so they can attend all of the 22-24 therapy sessions.    Southmountain is very grateful for this grant from the High Country United Way that will help our clients in need.

BYOP Awards Grant to Southmountain

Posted by: swright 7 months, 1 week ago

A special group of high school students in Burke County has been working hard to make our community a better place. The Burke Youth Organized Philanthropists or BYOP recently awarded 4 grants to non-profits in Burke County, and Southmountain Children and Family Services is the proud recipient of a BYOP grant. The youth hosted a warm reception on June 22 to acknowledge the grant recipients and also gave the recipients the opportunity to meet the BYOP youth. This $1,000 grant will be used to purchase a defibrillator for our Burke Children’s Advocacy Center. Thank you to the outstanding youth of the BYOP for this wonderful gift!

Summer-Time fun!

Posted by: swright 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services kicked off the beginning of the summer break with our first outing.  Every Wednesday during the summer, the Southmountain recreation department and Southmountain staff, led by Adam Scott takes children on a trip to enjoy time together and give parents a break.  The first outing on June 21 was to Hidden Creek Camping Resort in Marion, NC where the children enjoyed a 300-foot waterslide, a junior Olympic pool, a kiddie pool, paddleboats, canoes and kayaks —that all helped to beat the summer heat!  Our kids also had fun playing 9 holes of miniature golf.   Southmountain children and staff look forward to many more fun-filled activities this summer.

NYPUM Finishes Its Twelfth Class

Posted by: swright 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services is currently finishing up its 12th class of The National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM). Nearly every child 10 and older at Southmountain completes this comprehensive course in minibike riding and safety practices.  The program was developed by NYPUM - a charity of Honda Motors, Inc., in collaboration with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Our children spend 9 - 12 hours in the classroom before heading to the riding range to begin their minibike training where they learn about protective gear, responsible riding practices, care for the environment, local laws and regulations pertaining to riding, defensive riding strategies, and care for the equipment.  However, the most important part of NYPUM is that personal goals are set for each child that are aimed at self-improvement in a variety of areas. Once children meet their goals they earn more time to ride the minibikes!  Children also benefit tremendously from a mentoring relationship with their instructors and support staff, and graduate the class with important skills related to responsible riding; that also are transferable to many areas of productive citizenship. This program is a definite favorite among our youth, and is also available to select kids from the community.