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A Time of Thanksgiving: The People of Central Oregon

Recently we calculated the value of our yearly in-kind donations…what we found is that we receive over $26,000 per year in non-cash support. This is the power of people who believe in their community! Most of this value comes from the people of Central Oregon who generously give their time and talents to volunteer, mentor, teach, and provide meals for our youth. To them we say “THANK YOU!”

Thank you also to the parents and caretakers who trust us with their children, and to those who encourage us with their words. Last, but not least, thank you to our fabulous board of directors, who volunteer their time to lead Central Oregon Youth Development, Inc.!


Having fun is part of mentoring!


Music lessons at The Landing.


Our volunteers and staff are there for the kids.


Sew much fun!


Building healthy relationships is key to successful mentoring.



A Time of Thanksgiving: Local Organizations

Crook County, Oregon is a special place. We are thankful for the dedication and commitment our local civic and religious organizations have shown in serving the community. We are honored to be supported by some of the most generous and visionary people in Central Oregon. A few of our partners over the past year include Rotary Club of Crook County, Kiwanis, Soroptimists, Crook County, St. Charles Prineville Medical Executive Committee, First Baptist Church of Prineville, and Calvary Chapel of Crook County.

These organizations have provided funds, space, educational resources, meals, and volunteers for our programs. Without them we would not exist.
It is their good work that allows us to do ours. So “THANK YOU” to the many great local organizations that partner with us in enriching, mentoring, and educating the youth of Central Oregon through after-school programs!

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Computers, mentors, and a safe, warm place… all provided by local organizations in Crook County.


A Time of Thanksgiving: Crook County Schools

This school year has already been one of the most exciting in the history of The Landing and After the Bell. We are seeing many more faces (almost double from last year!) and providing many more enrichment opportunities for youth than ever before. Of course, this is not something we do alone; the support of our community makes all the difference. The next few blog posts on our site will highlight some of our partners. In this first post, we give thanks for our Crook County schools.


The new Crooked River Elementary is home to After the Bell.

We could never have successful after-school programs without partnership from the Crook County schools. Crooked River Elementary has been home to After the Bell since the beginning of the program in 2011. This partnership has allowed us to bring additional learning opportunities, particularly in the areas of science and reading, to the children of Crook County. Even in this year’s tricky transition between school buildings the administration made sure we didn’t get left behind!


Science experiments at After the Bell are fun for all!

Also, both Crook County Middle School and Crook County High School have helped The Landing become a warm, safe, and enriching place for students. The schools regularly refer students to us, knowing we have a shared goal to see our youth becoming thriving and contributing members of society. This year we have added a number of local teachers on our board of directors; their leadership is one of the key factors that have helped us have one of our most successful years yet!


Learning to sew at The Landing.

Thank you, Crook County schools, for your role in developing the youth of our community!