Youth Mentor: Ruvi, the Amazing!

Ruvi, is one of our oldest mentors. She started in 2007 at our South Park Middle School program.  The first time I met Ruvi she was a shy 6th grader in her first month of middle school (we all know how that feels).  As with every youth, I saw great potential in her. So we... Read more »

“Consistency” Molds Our Youth

Youth learn through repetition and rehearsal, whether it’s their ABCs or the way they are supposed to behave. For this reason, consistency and structure are critical for your youth to learn how to predict your own behavior (and thus their teachers, friends, family, employers in the future). They need to know how you will react when... Read more »

Meet Kelsie, our new Program Facilitator

This past Monday marked the first week with our newest Youth Odyssey staff member!  We are so excited to have Kelsie Leopold on board for the start-up of our fall programs.  She has great energy, an amazing personality, and instantly connects with our youth.  Here’s a little bit about her: “Originally from Ohio, Kelsie got... Read more »

Want to make a lasting impact…try Volunteering!

Volunteers are essential in making our programs possible. They mentor our youth and give selflessly of themselves. Most of our youth don’t have positive role models in their lives. And if they do, they are often working numerous jobs and/or have other children to look after. As a volunteer, you can help fill that void... Read more »

Natural Consequences Teach Wonders!

Each day, we are faced with consequences at every turn.  They can be good consequences when we turn in an assignment that has been researched and prepared to the best of our ability; or they can be negative consequences when we choose not to show up to our job.  It’s our choice, we have the... Read more »

Quality vs Quantity

What a great summer!!! Eight recreation center programs, four summer camps, and nearly 200 youth… all in 100 days, Whew! By taking youth outside their neighborhoods, outside their comfort zones, and into a place they can grow safely; we are “filling a void”, as Founder Kim Cox would say. As you know, our programs serve... Read more »

Another School Year with Endless Possibilities!!!

“We are very lucky to have Youth Odyssey with us again this school year.  Parents and youth, I highly recommend that you check out this opportunity. “– Principle Whitehead, Hamlin Middle School  As summer comes to a close, we are busy planning for our fall programs.  This past Wednesday, Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) held... Read more »

Our WONDERFUL community camp sponsors!

Camp is a special experience that used to be limited to the privileged. However, with countless community and five corporate sponsors this year, we were able to fill our camps; and 99% of the youth who attended were sponsored by you. Well done Community!!!  We could not have done it without each of you. Our summer camps... Read more »

Nature Explorers: We Survived!

We made it! Three days in the backwoods, fourteen miles hiked, three amazing campers and we can safely announce we all survived! Beginning backpacking at its’ best. Last week marked Youth Odyssey’s final summer camp for the summer of 2015 and we saved the best for last. We had three brave youth sign up to... Read more »

Getting Outdoors with James Gourley

Youth Odyssey Executive Board Member James Gourley, of Gourley Contracting, is one of Youth Odyssey’s biggest fans and supporters. I sat down with Gourley at the beginning of the summer to find out where his passion for Youth Odyssey came from, and how it has changed his and his families life. Youth Odyssey: First off,... Read more »