HARRISONBURG, Va (WHSV)-- The Central Shenandoah Valley Office of Youth has spent the past year raising awareness about the importance of after school programs.
Last Wednesday, they hosted their "Lights on Afterschool" event to celebrate their one year anniversary of the grant they received from the Virginia Partnership for Out of School Time.
Glenn Martin, the Program Coordinator for the Office of Youth, explained that the after school hours between three and six are crucial to developing positive behaviors. This organization goes into various target communities to help provide these after school programs.
This is all part of a goal to prevent substance abuse and gang involvement.
"It helps kids socially, academically and emotionally. Our main focus is to bring the kids together and develop positive friendships and relationships within that community," said Martin.
The celebration took place at the Farrier Court and Willow View communities in Staunton. Martin said that this event is really about the entire community coming together.
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