Blast From the Past: Part 2

A quick recap of Part 1 to this blog, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chad, a former Youth Odyssey member from 17 years ago, along with the founder of Youth Odyssey, Kim Cox, who, at the start, was a mentor to the kids and placed himself in all the activities they would do. The interview... Read more »

Blast From the Past: Part 1

Youth Odyssey was founded in 1997 and has been inspiring youth and changing lives ever since. We recently came across a Youth Odyssey member who was active in the program 17 years ago. As one can imagine, this is pretty exciting news for us, so we asked if we could interview him for our blog. Just to... Read more »

Earth Day-Bay Day 2016 Rocked!

This past Saturday, April 9th, Youth Odyssey participated in the 17th annual Earth Day-Bay Day celebration at Heritage Park. Earth Day-Bay Day is an event put on by the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation to educate the public about the bays, estuaries, other native habitats, and the importance of clean air, water and a clean environment. To help... Read more »

Summer Camp Deadline is May 31st!

The cutoff for signing up for Youth Odyssey summer camps is right around the corner, May 31st, and we want to make sure you are informed of our summer camp options. Here are some things you need to know: All Youth Odyssey summer camps are open to ANY youth ages 10-17. Depending on availability, your youth... Read more »

SCUBA is Just the Start…

Youth Odyssey, Margo Peyton of Ocean Wishes, and board member James Gourley partnered together to give our youth mentors the opportunity of a lifetime.  Recently two lucky mentors received free PADI SCUBA certifications. Just in case you aren’t aware, a SCUBA certification never expires so they are set to dive for the rest of their lives!... Read more »

Our 2016 “Spring Break Workout Plan”

Spring Break 2016 was definitely an adventure and took us across both Texas and New Mexico. It was a full week, so let’s jump right into what we did: Our first stop was near the New Mexico border at Monahans Sandhills State Park in Texas. As you can imagine, it is a large area covered by sandhills (smaller... Read more »

Which Summer Camp is for Me?

  Summer camp season is just around the corner and we would like as many youth as possible to join the fun and adventures. The question is, which camp is the one(s) for me? Each camp is open to youth ages 10-17 and is six-days overnight in duration. The camps focuses on different themes, so we want to make sure... Read more »

The “One Speed” Woman: Polly Harris

Where do I begin? Polly Harris is a retired school teacher of 26 years who was also an assistant principal for 7 years but, if you ask me, she hasn’t actually retired just yet. Raised in Corpus Christi, Polly now owns her own insurance agency. Interestingly enough, Polly’s father was in the insurance business and so are her husband and... Read more »

February was Just the Tip of the Iceberg

  As you may know, Youth Odyssey held a variety of fundraisers during the month of February, all benefiting our summer programs for at-risk youth. First, we continued to use our online donation page to raise funds for our summer camps and programs. Second, we reached out to Geeks Who Drink and held a “Quiz for a Cause”... Read more »

Public Tantrums

We’ve all been there, either with your child or you’ve seen someone else’s; you’re in the grocery store and there’s a kid having a complete melt-down, screaming and refusing to do what they are asked. In that moment, with everyone watching, whom do you parent for? Is it for the child who has had enough... Read more »