2012 Red Wagon Award
DAYMARK is the recipient of the 8th annual Governor's Red Wagon Award.
DAYMARK’s mission is to give any youth in crisis an opportunity to realize his or her potential for a successful and productive future by advocating for and providing a safety net including shelter, guidance and education. All DAYMARK’s programs and facilities have adult supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
One of the agency’s strengths is the staff’s passion for the agency and the youth it serves. Approximately one half of the staff has been with the agency for more than five years. A May 2012 review by the United Way Citizens Review said program strength was “tenured staff that is very knowledgeable and passionate about the services they provide. Staff has a great understanding and makes every effort possible to ensure success of the children they serve.” The Council on Accreditation reviewed the agency in October of 2011 and said “…very well run program, staff trained in all facets and facilities are in very good order…philosophy is child oriented and very positive. Family oriented and goal based. Program is very organized and client based…Clients are able to contact the center for further assistance after leaving. Staff attends various functions of former residents, i.e. graduation from high school. Very compassionate and put the residents and clients’ needs first…Program meets the needs of the children enrolled in the program. Staff well trained to support these individuals.”
All of DAYMARK’s facilities are safe and secure with adult supervision at all times.
DAYMARK provides healthy meals and snacks. Some programs require residents to cook and keep recipe books while all programs encourage youth to take part in meal planning, preparation, and clean up.
All DAYMARK youth are required to pursue an educational pursuit such as public school, college, vocational school, or a GED program. During the school year, facilities have a study hour each evening. Residents who attend public school are allowed and encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. The DAYMARK New Connections program has an Education Lab four days per week that helps youth 16 through 21 prepare to take the GED exam. A full time Educator works with students one on one providing as much or little instruction as necessary.
Some youth are required to perform community service and have volunteered at the Kanawha Humane Society, YWCA Past and Present, and other non-profits organizations in the community. Other youth have helped the Street Outreach team prepare hygiene kits, food baskets, or other needed items to give to homeless youth on the street. Still other youth have helped with in-house projects such as landscaping and painting.
The Five Promises have been reached to over 1,500 youth in the past year. 30 community volunteers-mentors that had been screened and trained with DAYMARK averaging approximately 1000 hours of service.
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1592 Washington Street East, Suite 2, Charleston, WV 25311