TRAC provides supervision and invaluable mentoring to Poughkeepsie youth. Young people come after school to participate in the TRAC Panthers Basketball team, Poughkeepsie Youth Theatre, to receive academic assistance and exam preparation, and to relax with friends. The Center serves as a support system for local teens.
TRAC activities include:
- Physical activity — Each day, participants engage in either basketball or baseball
- Work readiness training — During the Summer Youth Employment Program, youth
learn work readiness skills and secure job placements over the course of 8 weeks.
- Healthy living workshops — Each year, TRAC collaborates with other organizations to provide workshops on nutrition, financial literacy, and STD and teen pregnancy
- A Nutritious Meal is served each day
- Academic Assistance — TRAC provides academic assistance to at-risk youth in Dutchess County through mentoring, homework help, and exam preparation. TRAC engages teens in activities that help youth develop the tools and skills that are needed to be successful in school, the community, and their futures.
During program hours, youth receive assistance with homework, study skills, and Regents and SAT exam preparation. Tutoring and homework assistance is provided by college interns, community volunteers, and program staff. Youth also participate in activities that incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts with our sports programming. TRAC is equipped with computers and tablets to assist youth with their school assignments, test preparation, and college searches.
- Creative Arts — Youth have the opportunity to create original theatre for performance in the spring
New to TRAC:
Poughkeepsie Youth Theatre
Poughkeepsie Youth Theatre (PYT) welcomes young people ages 13-18 interested in creating and performing original theatre. No experience is necessary. In this weekly, free after school program, participants play drama games, improvise scenes, and learn to act on stage. Each spring, PYT youths perform a play that they have built together. The event is free for the public. Reflecting on their world and what matters to them, participants engage in story-circles, create scenes, improvise them, and determine what has most meaning in devising their play. Supported by theatre professionals as well as Vassar College and Dutchess Community College drama students, participants rehearse and refine their work in preparation for performance.
Through this process, PYT participants gain:
- Confidence in self-expression
- Fluency in articulating their idea
- Experience in acting and performing
- Skill in projecting their voices on stage
- Facility in stage movement and physical expression
- Respect for sharing space for others’ creative input
- Involvement in group discussions
- Knowledge of crafting a narrative for the stage
- Proficiency in staging
- Exposure to theatrical production elements such as sound and lighting
- A sense of belonging with peers
- Insight that theatre is a form of expression available to anyone