Youth Outreach and Education

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Programs and Activities

2023 Summer Classes FLYER

JUNE 2023

Babysitting Clinic | Friday, June 2 | 9-11:30 am | ages 10+ | $25

This class will prepare you to make good decisions, solve problems, and handle emergencies while babysitting.
Instructor – Laura Stutte

Pottery | Mon & Tues June 5 & 6 | 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $25 for 1 day, $50 for both 

Learn the basics of pottery and create a masterpiece!
Instructor – Nancy Fairbanks.

Mixed Media | Wed-Fri June 7-9 | 1-3pm ages 8+ | $50

Learn various types of art materials, textures, and techniques with artist Kelsey King! Instructor-Kelsey King

Let’s Get Chemical! | Mon-Thurs June 12-15 | 9-11 am | ages 5+ | $40

Get involved with hands-on science experiments.
Instructor-Amber Price

Watercolor 101 | Wed & Thurs June 14-15 | 1-3 pm | ages 5+ | $40

We will learn the art of watercolor with artist Dani Schwinn!
Instructor-Dani Schwinn

Repurposed Art | Mon-Wed June 19-21 | 9-11 am | ages 7+ | $40

We will repurpose different recycled materials to create a fun project each day. Instructor-Amber Price

Canvases & Collages | Mon-Wed June 19-21 | 1-3 pm | ages 7+ | $50

We will create canvases using different elements & layers.
Instructor-Mandy Evans

Storybook Creations | Mon-Wed  June 26-28 |  9-11 am | ages 4-7 | $40

We will read a new story each day and create a themed snack and craft.
Instructor-Laura Stutte

Abstract Art | Mon-Wed June 26-28 | 1-3 pm | ages 7+ | $50

Use shapes, colors, and forms to create a masterpiece!
Instructor-Amber Price


Glass Etching | Mon-Thurs July 10-13 | 9-11 am OR 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $50

Master the art of etching artwork onto glass in this fun and challenging class. Instructor-Larry Roberts

Luau Fun | Mon-Wed July 17-19 | 9-11 am | ages 4-6 | $40

Come catch the Aloha spirit with fun Hawaiian crafts and activities.
Instructor-Mandy Evans

Bite Size Bakers | Mon-Wed July 17-19 | 1-3 pm | ages 5+ | $50

Let’s learn how to bake some simple treats! Instructor-Amber Price

Whimsical Garden | Mon-Wed  July 24-26 | 9-11 am | ages 4-7 |  $50

We will create fairy gardens, wooden crafts, and make wonderful winged memories! Instructor-Mackenzie Waltemath

In the Kitchen with Emma | Mon-Wed July 24-26 | 1-3 pm | ages 7+ | $50

Learn to prepare food like a professional.
Instructor-Emma Baker

402-462-8821 Open 9 am- 4 pm, Monday – Friday 
Class for non-members is an additional $10 per class. 
Please pay at time of registration for each class. 
No refunds, scholarships available.

Strong youth leadership is an investment in the future of Hastings. Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) was developed from a HHS Youth Leadership Capacity Building Grant in 2000. Former Hastings Mayor Rick Sheehy and Cindy Strasheim, both graduates of Leadership Hastings, saw a need for a continuum of community leadership from 9th-12th grade. The YLA program works to enhance the knowledge and leadership skills of area high school students by motivating and empowering them to be committed to their community.

The YLA program provides an interactive, hands-on experience in which students focus on developing leadership skills and a life-long commitment to community service. Students have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from all areas of society and learn firsthand how youth leadership can make a difference.

All of the Hastings area High Schools are included: Hastings High School, St. Cecilia High School and Adams Central High School.

What Makes a Qualified Candidate?

To qualify for the Youth Leadership Academy program, a student must:

  • Be entering his or her 9th or 10th grade year of high school
  • Demonstrate an interest in and a potential for leadership
  • Show self-motivation with a willingness to contribute to the group process
  • Commit the time and energy required to participate in the program

Nine Seminars (September-May)
One half day class is scheduled each month of the school year. Each meeting includes a mini session on leadership skills, team-building and community service project planning time where students interact with community leaders.

Graduation in May includes a team report of the project planned and completed during the school year. Those who have completed one year of Youth Leadership Academy can apply for a second year to be an Alumni Leader if they will be in 10th grade.

From the graduates:
The graduates of Youth Leadership Academy sum up the advantages of YLA in three words, Food, Fun, and Friendship! They cooperate with students from other schools and form lifelong friendships as well as becoming official community volunteers. 100% of the graduates say they gained more confidence in self-expression of ideas and were less afraid to interact with adults on community issues involving youth.

group dynamics, team-building, social involvement, creative challenges,
passion and energy to do things for others



YW Girls

3:30 – 5:00 pm
2nd Monday of every Month | $5 a Session


We are here to empower girls to become the best young women they can be! We will focus on kindness, self care, and inner confidence for girls Kindergarten – 5th grade. The topics will change monthly but will be coordinated to develop and practice these skills.

RSVP 1 WEEK BEFORE 402-462-8821

United Way

Girls In Action

Girls in Action is a girls only club that meets at Hastings Middle School every Wednesday. We have about 60 girls from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade join us during their lunch period to discuss important topics, play games, and participate in fun activities.

We cover important topics like healthy relationships, personal hygiene, self-esteem building, relaxation techniques, conflict resolution, and random acts of kindness. By combining difficult topics with fun games and interactive activities, we put Hastings middle school girls in action to succeed.