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Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. (HySOY) was birthed from the Greater Hyannis Civic Association's Voices of the Village meeting in April 2011. With an active core membership, and many others willing to provide mentoring, the group is diverse in its strengths. Members include former or current educators and principals, pastors, business people, parents and grandparents. Each member has committed to supporting Hyannis youth through both existing programs and through the creation of new initiatives. Members work on Mentoring, Early Literacy Initiatives and Childhood Enrichment Opportunities to support our youth. We currently meet the first Tuesday of every month at 530pm at Faith Assembly of God (154 Bearse's Way) and new members and interested parties are always welcome. Please contact Sue Cwynar, director, at for more information or to volunteer.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Quote that Supports Our Mission

In looking for a quote for a blog post I was writing for another blog, I stumbled upon this quote that epitomizes why we at Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. continue to strive to build positive community with our youth.

    I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
    I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
    Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on the future generations.
George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Upcoming Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc Meetings

As many of you know, Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc is made up of a board of directors and various committees that produce our programs. Our major initiatives are mentoring at Hyannis West, homework help at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, early literacy initiatives (including summer reading) within Barnstable and sponsorships for students within our programs for extracurricular activities. 

We are always looking for new volunteers to help out on our board as members-at-large and are also looking for people that may want to take on an executive board member or coordinator role. 

Here are a list of upcoming meetings--all at the HYCC at 6pm unless otherwise specificied:

January 15th           Tentative Year Planning with Calendar

January 22nd          Archiving and Scrapbook Making for our 1st Two Years

January 29th           Bring grant applications and discuss what types of grants we should focus on pursuing

February 5th           General Meeting

February 12th          530pm--Large meeting to fine tune board and coordinator descriptions

February 26th          Board Member Elections

Board Positions Include:

Vice President

Mentoring Coordinator
Homework Help Coordinator
Early Literacy Coordinator
Childhood Enrichment Opportunities Coordinator

and various members-at-large and auxiliary coordinator positions.

If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else for a position, please email with the full name and position for which you are nominating. A full list of nominations will be sent out after the Feb 12th meeting.

Thanks so much,

Moira Bundschuh

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Homework Help New Volunteer Trainings

Hi Everyone:

We are in need of more adult volunteers on Wednesday as we have had a couple that have had to leave us. Also, some volunteers do leave during the winter months, so we will need at least 4-5 new volunteers to fill spots. We have two more students joining us on Tuesdays/Thursdays starting next week and at least two 3rd graders beginning next week as well. Meaning we will have a minimum of 12 students each day (more on Mondays/Wednesdays).

Please pass this message along to others who may wish to volunteer through May or who may be able volunteer for  a few months to get us through until some volunteers return in the spring:

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. will hold new volunteer training for its after school Homework Help Program on Tuesday, January 8 and 22nd at 5pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. People choose one day to volunteer, Mondays through Thursdays from 3-530pm following the Barnstable Public Schools calendar. If over 18, volunteers need to fill out a CORI background check form in the admin offices at the HYCC and bring a driver's license. They are open 830-330, Monday-Friday. For more information see, email or call and leave a message at 508-258-9111.


Moira Bundschuh
Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc.