A place where youth can come together to play, study, build community, learn leadership and life skills, job/career guidance, and much more!
- Youth will participate in peer mentoring opportunities.
- Youth will develop healthy relationship/life skills by participating in workshops & activities.
- Youth will create a safe, welcoming environment for daily community building.
- Youth will give service to their community without receiving compensation.
- Youth will form a sense of family with cross-age youth and build each other up with positive modeling and behavior.
- Youth will participate in after-school homework studies, scholarship/college searches, career option searches, and household planning needs.
- Youth will create healthy relationships with peers and adults, enhancing their talents and gifts.
- Youth will develop agricultural opportunities within the center’s yard to learn about sustainability and healthy eating.
- Youth will build their knowledge of industrial arts by safe hands-on activities being offered on-site.
- Youth will participate in after-school 4H activities, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities, and arts/crafts projects.
The Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center’s purpose is to give youth a variety of after-school/weekend opportunities that will enhance their family life, academic successes, and future leadership/community service. PYEC is a safe venue for youth to congregate to work & play together while helping each other navigate their world with respect, acceptance, and love.
Helping to Fulfill the Needs of the Youth:
The Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center was founded in March of 2014. Director, Anna Coleman and her husband, Steve, felt Patagonia and its surrounding communities of Sonoita and Elgin needed a youth center to help give the youth support during after-school hours. After finding a building to rent, the Colemans enlisted the help of the area’s youth to construct walls, paint, decorate, and landscape the upcoming youth center. The hours that the youth volunteered provided the bridge in allowing the youth center to become theirs and they gained a sense of pride and ownership.
On May 1, 2014, the Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center opened its doors for the community’s youth. Attendance grows as the young people spread the word of the center. The youth gather at the center six days a week, do homework, eat healthy snacks, play games, watch TV/movies, play video games, and become part of an extended “family”. Peer mentoring activities are an integral part of life at PYEC.
Research states that:
- Each day in America, millions of kids go home to an empty house after school…. After-school programs keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families. (www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/AA3PM_Hispanic_2009_pdf)
- The hours between 3-6pm are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 2003 found on www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/Essential_polling_2014_010714.pdf)
- Studies conclude that afterschool programs can lead to improved attendance, behavior, and coursework. Students participating in afterschool programs went to school more, behaved better, received better grades, and did better on tests compared to non-participating students. (Durlak, Weissber, & Pachan, 2010 found on www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/Essential_polling_2014_010714.pdf)
- All young people have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society; however, not all youth get the support they need to thrive. Peer mentoring programs help give the youth confidence, resources, and skills they need to reach their potential… ensuring positive outcomes for all participants. (www.afteschoolalliance.org/issue_40_Mentoring.cfm)
- K-8 certified elementary teacher (Masters in Education with emphasis in Literacy and the Arts)- teacher at Elgin Elementary since 2005.
- K-12 triple certified CTE (Career Technology Education) in Life Sciences, Agriculture and Teaching/Careers
- Adolescent Life Coach
- 4H Community Club Leader for 6 years- Mustang 4H Club in Sonoita and a 4H Lamb project leader for past 10 years
- Strategic Planning Committee member for PUHS- past member
- Empire Ranch Foundation- Youth Coordinator for Legacy Days and Outreach
- Santa Cruz County Fair Planning Committee for 6 years- past member
- Owned and operated a preschool in Tucson for 6 years and Riverdance Family Enrichment Center for 3 years prior to moving to Sonoita in 2004.
- Director, founder, operator/planner, fund-seeker, and PR person for PYEC since March 2014. (unpaid volunteer status)
Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center
277 McKeown Ave
Patagonia, AZ 85624
PO Box 253
Sonoita, AZ 85637
For questions, please contact
Anna Coleman, Director:
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We are a nonprofit with 501(c)3 status.
The Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center is a qualifying charitable organization for Arizona’s tax “Credit for Donations made to Qualifying Charitable Organizations“