The Times West Virginian

Local News

January 29, 2013

Empowering students

Middle schools excited about YWCA’s ‘Y Teens’ program

FAIRMONT — Middle schools got their name for a reason.

For school children, middle school, particularly seventh and eighth grades, represents a transition from the structure of elementary school to the relative freedom and responsibility of high school.

Transitions aren’t easy for anyone, and this can be an especially difficult time for young girls, who are often struggling to discover who they are and how they relate to a society in which they can be marginalized.

The Young Women Christian Association of Marion County, more commonly known as the YWCA, with the help of the United Way of Marion County, sponsors “Y Teens” in six county schools, empowering them to be better students and future leaders in their communities.

Though the YWCA does provide other services for the community, the Y Teens is “the program I love,” said executive director Cecily Enos.

The YWCA has a facility in Pleasant Valley used by the community for a variety of events and classes, such as kung fu, drawing, painting, instrument lessons (including guitar, piano and bagpipe), tai chi and more.

“We have a lot of classes,” Enos said.

The YWCA has been incorporated since 1922, and the Y Teens program is almost that old itself. Enos said she is surprised and pleased when she goes out into the community and meets past Y Teen participants in places of authority.

The program operates out of Monongah, Mannington, Barrackville, East Fairmont Junior High, West Fairmont Middle and Fairview Middle schools. The official mission of the YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women, as their letterhead says, and the individual school programs are designed to meet those goals.


Full story

Text Only
Local News
  • Bush’s murder convictions reinstated

    Phillip Reese Bush had his two first-degree murder convictions reinstated on Wednesday.
    The Memorandum Decision was handed down by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. This decision reversed the Ohio County Circuit Court order from February 2013 that granted Bush a new trial.

    April 24, 2014

  • Weber would like to be Marion-Fairmont ‘buffer’

    With his six years of experience on Fairmont City Council, Daniel Weber is now running as a candidate for a seat on the Marion County Commission.
    Weber, a retired theater professor from Fairmont State University, said while he was teaching at the university he wanted to run for House of Delegates but couldn’t because he worked at FSU. It would have been a conflict of interest because delegates choose higher educators pay.

    April 24, 2014

  • Opposition to Worthington’s annexation proposal surfaces

    There was some opposition to the Town of Worthington’s annexation proposal.
    A public hearing was held Wednesday at the Marion County Commission meeting for the annexation of 43.28 acres into Worthington. Commissioners heard opinions on the matter but did not vote on the issue.

    April 24, 2014

  • Mailing on voter registration prompts questions

    Concerned voters started calling in to the Marion County Clerk’s office Wednesday after receiving a mailing from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation on voter registration.

    April 24, 2014

  • Farmington addresses problem properties

    The Town of Farmington is focusing on property maintenance, water and sewer issues.
    During its meeting on Monday night, council agreed to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code. This code, along with the town’s ordinance, will allow Farmington to better address some problem properties.

    April 24, 2014

  • (Main) Jay Rockefeller-EG.jpg ‘Something hard’ for Rockefeller turns out to be devotion to service

    U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., returned to West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday to host a public policy forum and reflect upon his time in public service.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 042314 Chuckie Sanders-EG.jpg Sanders now eligible for parole

    Chuckie Sanders is eligible for parole today.
    Not bitter about the 20 years he’s served, Sanders, 52, acknowledges the crime he was charged with, the drug habit that clouded his judgment and the debt he had to pay to society.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home-rule application approved by council

    Fairmont City Council approved on Tuesday submitting the city’s home-rule application to the home-rule board.

    April 23, 2014

  • Tennant hopes to keep county commission seat

    Burley “Butch” Tennant is not a stranger to the Marion County Commission.
    As the current president of the county commission, he started serving the six-year term in 2008.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gee and McKinley at WVU Healthcare Forum-EG.jpg Access to health care challenge to state

    Access to health care, and technology to better facilitate that care, is a big challenge in the rural areas of West Virginia.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads