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The Northwest Amherst Community Center (NWACC) is located at 220 Northpointe Pkwy off of North French and Sweet Home Roads in Amherst. Map
The NWACC will include programming for
Youth sports and children's programs will be offered and may include cooking, craft and nature classes to provide positive, fun, and educational experiences.
Licensed after school child care programs for students K-6 will be offered starting in September and will run through June, Monday - Friday from dismissal until 5:30 PM. An extended afternoon program will run from 5:30 PM until 6:00 PM.
Program activities include homework help, educational games, exercise, and group activities. A nutritious, healthy snack is provided.
Children residing in the Sweet Home School District will be bused from their schools to NWACC following school district guidelines.
“I was a participant for three years and have been a counselor for almost eight years which is due to this one fact. I came back to work here because of this one idea, it creates a feeling unlike any other, some kind of magical positivity. This program has made me a better person and that’s why after 18 years, I am still here.”Josh C., Former program participant & current Camp Counsellor
“My son Ben attended the After School Program from Kindergarten through sixth grade. We referred to staff and families that we met there as our Amherst Youth Family, as it truly felt like being there with family! This program has not only helped mold my son into a kind, compassionate, responsible adult but it also led him into his career path.”Lisa B., Parent
Teens will be able to express themselves by getting crafty, joining sports and fitness programs and participating in life skill activities. They will also have access to a teen lounge with recreational games, comfortable furniture and space to hang out with friends and connect with other teens. Please contact Jared Burns, Program Leader at email@example.com to share ideas.
Volunteer opportunities are also available through
Amherst Youth Consortium (AYC)
Grades 8 - College
Contact Kathy Mobarak-Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amherst Youth Engaged in Service (YES)
Ages 12 - 21
Contact Antonella Stravalaci at email@example.com
This program is Year round extra job service which links 12 - 19 year olds with Amherst residents in need of assistance in or around their homes.
Contact Robin Erwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults can take a fitness class, play pickleball on our sports courts, adult pick-up style dodgeball, and men's pick-up style basketball in our half court gym.
Additional seasonal sports will be offered based on areas of interest.
Participate in an evening of fun, physical activities, board games, card games and more for the whole family.
A variety of programs will be offered which will connect older adults to vital community services that can help them stay healthy and independent.
Senior participants are found to have higher levels of health, social interaction and life satisfaction.
Seniors can avail themselves of health, fitness and wellness programs,case management services provided by the Senior Center, volunteer opportunties, social and recreational activities, educational and arts programs, and inter-generational programs in partnership with the Amherst Youth & Recreation Department.
“I never realized how much pickleball has impacted my overall health. I feel physically and mentally better enjoying this time with new friends at the Center.”Gary O’Neill, Member
“My husband and I enjoy attending the programs, classes and especially the special events. We thought our social life would die down as we retired but we’re busier than ever.”Reggie Davies
Workforce Development Programs will include
- Pre-collegiate Math and Reading Skills
- Support for obtaining a GED or General Education Development Test
- Assistance with College Applications
- Job Readiness including Resume Building, Interview Skills & more
Sweet Home Family Support Center will offer
- Mental health counseling for children & families
- Parent Workshops
- Food & Clothing assistance
- School registration
Programs and Services
- After School Child Care
- Summer Camp - Full Day (starting in 2024)
- Pre-School open Gym
- Youth Sports
- Teen Programs and a Teen Lounge
- Individuals with Disabilities Adult program
- Adult Fitness and Sports
- Family Fun Nights
- Senior Fitness, Programs, and Support Groups
- Senior Case Management Services
- English New Language Support
- Workforce Development