The Results Are In!! Benefit Auction 2016

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This year’s event was a huge success!  It was a great night of fun and laughter as the community came out to support the Penns Valley Youth Center.

Event Donations: $31,005 (this includes business and family sponsorships paid to date, silent and live auctions, and in-kind donations on the night of the event)

New Or Increased Monthly Donations: $4,800 annually ($400 per month in new giving)

New Or Increased Annual Donations: $1,500

Total Attributable Benefit Auction Giving: $37,305

In addition, we received seven pledge cards for the CentreGIVES event on May 3rd, totaling an additional $2,925.

Each of these monies go to support the operations of PVYC, from buying all of the great food that is served each day, keeping the facilities functioning, providing scholarships to students who can’t afford to participate in camps and retreats, etc. Each dollar raised is used to support the mission of providing hope, worth and friendship to 6th through 12th graders in Penns Valley.

Thank you to each of you who helped out, donated, attended, prayed for or participated in some way! Without your efforts and contributions, PVYC wouldn’t be possible!

PVYC 5K/10K Run/Walk 2016



Join us Saturday, May 21, 2016 for our 5k/10k Run/Walk through beautiful Penns Valley. The 5k will be mostly flat out and back along Sinking Creek. The 10k will circle Georges Valley with some challenging hills thrown in at the half-way point. Both distances will begin and finish near the Old Gregg School in Spring Mills and proceeds will benefit the Penns Valley Youth Center, providing a valuable After School Program for our local youth.

AWARDS:  • 1st Place Female • 1st Place Male • Best Outfit • Three deep medals in each age groups for the 10K and the 5K in both male and female categories • Largest Group (High School Sports Teams, Youth Groups, Community Groups – $250 to be given back to the organization!) • Door Prizes

Registration opens at 8:00am, Race begins at 9:00am

Click HERE to register today!


Get In The Game 2016 Dodgeball Tournament & Community Showcase Event

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Saturday, March 19 was a day for dodgeball!  The 2016 Get In The Game Dodgeball Tournament and Community Showcase event was a huge success.  We had over 200 students participate, with 22 teams whose members ranged from 5th through 12th grade.  Every student received an event t-shirt thanks to several businesses and churches that contributed to make the event possible.  We also had over 34 Organizations, Businesses and Churches throughout the community come and showcase what they are all about during the event.  Winning teams won “champion-of-the-event” t-shirts, and gift cards to local businesses.  Students who participated in the community showcase part of the event were entered in a drawing to win Beat headphones, a Fitbit or an Ipad Mini.  More than 40 volunteers and support from the community made this event possible.  A big thank you to all of the event sponsors:

Penns Valley Youth Center (PVYC)

Penns Valley Area School District

Grace United Methodist

Fellowship Bible Church

Grace United Church of Christ

Calvary Penns Valley

Penns Valley Community Church

Centre Hall Lions Club

East Penns Valley Ministerium

St. James United Methodist Church

Millheim Original Italian Pizza (OIP)


PVYC Open Mic Night & Art Show

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We have some talented teens in this valley!  Saturday, March 5th many of our students came out to showcase their artistic abilities.  Several of our students took to the stage to play music or sing, while others participated in the art show by displaying their various works of art in sculpture, painting and photography.  Winners of the art portion were awarded a private art lesson with local artist, Karl Eric Leitzel from Green Drake Gallery in Millheim and a private photography class from professional photographer, Meagan Jepson as well as gift cards to community businesses.

PVYC Annual Benefit Auction 2016

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Friday, April 8, 2016 — Save The Date!

You never know what destination may await at the 2016 PVYC Benefit Auction!  Each year we fund many of our PVYC programs directly through our Annual Benefit Auction.  This year promises to be the biggest and best event yet!  While the night will be filled with laughter and heart-warming stories of lives that have been changed through the work of PVYC, this work cannot continue without you and your generous support!  Pack  your bags and join us as we travel to destinations unknown without ever leaving the Valley!

Christmas Gift Workshop

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This year, through the extreme generosity of the community and PVYC supporters, we were able to put on a Christmas gift workshop for our students.  We transformed the gymnasium of the Old Gregg School into a Santa’s Workshop of sorts!  We provided the materials, direction and volunteers for about 15 projects that the students could build, create and personalize to give to their family as Christmas gifts.  A lot of our students don’t have the means to buy gifts for family members or friends, so we were able to help them do just that.  The kids could choose from several of about 15 projects with varying levels of skill required.  We provided the materials and volunteers with the know-how to help them with whatever projects they chose.  Some of their choices were:  a card-making station, where students could create a packet of Thank you or Birthday cards, a wooden mail organizer, various coaster sets, a mug project, where they could design and decorate a mug, a photo block project and many more!  After the students completed their projects, they then had the opportunity to wrap their gifts, so they could take them right home and put them under the tree.  The students were really excited about the opportunity to give gifts to their family they otherwise would have no means to provide.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner 2015

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Thanksgiving is a time where our students are given an opportunity to reach out and help their community.   Each year, PVYC hosts a Community Thanksgiving Dinner complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy– the works!  Almost all the food is donated by the community so that we can offer this event free of charge.  Our students pitched in to do setup, they helped serve the food and drinks, and they helped with all the cleanup an event like this requires.  They were happy to jump in, roll up their sleeves and help give back. This year the PVYC Community Thanksgiving Dinner served over 200 people in the community, as well as provided approximately 70 take-out meals.

HarvestFest 2015

We had so much fun carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples and racing on hay bales!  This event is always a great time!  The weather outside WAS frightful with storms and rain, but we didn’t let that stop us from having a great night.  We transformed the gymnasium at the Old Gregg School into an obstacle course as our students had to race to navigate a wheelbarrow full of hay through the course.  If that wasn’t hard enough, they had to do it with another student in the wheelbarrow as well!  After the wheelbarrow races, teams challenged each other to an apple bobbing contest.  Each team had to bob for an apple, run a few paces to a table where they had to eat their apple, depositing their empty core into the bucket.  It was fun to watch the kids slip and slide, trying to see through a veil of water!  After the games, everyone tried their hand at pumpkin carving– we have some creative kids!!

Exciting News at PVYC!

The start of a new school year comes with some exciting news! We are expanding our After-School Program (ASP) from three days per week to four with the addition of Thursday! Teens can now come to PVYC after school Monday through Thursday until 6pm. This decision came after much discussion and evaluation of the needs of our currently attending teens and the potential for reaching others.

Not familiar with our After-School Program? Teens are able to ride the bus from Penns Valley High School and Penns Valley Intermediate to the Old Gregg School where PVYC is located. A variety of activities are provided during this after school time that include homework help and tutoring, open gym time, arts and crafts, board games, field trips, hands-on classes, and clubs. As a part of our mission to encourage healthy habits, we provide healthy snack options. While programming helps us achieve our mission, the most important part of the After-School Program is to spend time developing relationships with the teens in order to help them overcome challenges in their lives. More importantly, it shows them that they are loved and a part of a bigger family.

Another exciting addition to the Penns Valley Youth Center is the expansion of grades that we serve! With a trial run through the previous school year, we are officially including students in 6th grade and you will notice our mission statement changing to reflect this wonderful addition.

ServeCamp 2015 – The 12:3:1 Project


What does 32 teens with a desire to serve our community look like? ServeCamp 2015!

We spent four days doing various service projects around Penns Valley, including; painting the dugouts at the Old Gregg School baseball field, weeding and cleaning pavilions at Soldiers and Sailor’s Memorial Park, painting hay wagons, painting the gazebo at a park in Millheim, splitting and stacking wood for a family, landscaping for Grace UCC, painting a family’s home, and scrubbing out an apartment.


This year’s theme was “The 12:3:1 Project” and we had guest speakers come each evening to our homebase for camp, at Krislund Camp, to share about serving in a community such as Penns Valley, the influence of your closest friends, and finally, the importance of a mentor in your life.


Amidst the difficult work, tiredness, amazing food, terrific speakers, and fun activities, a real bond was formed between those who attended camp this year. Our challenge activity this year was a high-ropes course. For some it was easy, but for others it was a about stepping out of their comfort zone and really facing fears. As one teen after another moved around the course, you could hear the sound of their peers and PVYC leaders cheering them on and encouraging them to keep going when they wanted to turn back.


When all is said and done, and the teens go home and the staff takes a few days to recover, receiving an encouraging note from a parent just reminds us of how impactful PVYC is for teens and families in our community. Here is one family’s response to PVYC ServeCamp 2015: