Hearts for Youth News

“Change can create beautiful things. Embrace it and realize all of the new possibilities it has to offer” (Chris Richardson). At its heart, the mission of Hearts for Youth has always been to provide safe, productive and fun after-school programming for children from birth to the age of 18 years in a healthy environment with love and care. We care deeply for the youth of our community and in helping them grow as they experience new opportunities or build on skills they have already begun to discover. As we look forward to Spring and all the newness that it brings, Hearts for Youth is also looking forward to a new place to call “home” as we break ground this spring and begin building a community center for children to go after school and on weekends.

With the best interest of our community in mind, HFY is also undergoing a change in leadership. Denise Haddock, our Executive Director, has decided to step down as director as she is currently working full time at Alexandria Central School. Denise will be joining the Hearts for Youth board and serving in a different capacity. Kerri Weldon, the office administrator, will also be stepping down. Kerri works full time at Alexandria Central but is also a full-time student at SUNY Potsdam working on her Masters in the Science of Teaching degree in elementary education. She hopes to volunteer for HFY under the new director. Samantha Calhoun, our program coordinator, is expecting twins, and will be stepping down to be a full-time mom to three.

However, new possibilities are coming!  The board is excited to announce that Erica Vachon will be joining HFY as the new executive director, and we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to Erica. “I am very excited to join the Hearts of Youth Family, let me take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Erica Vachon, I have worked in the Human Services field for twenty years holding various positions. I am married to Marcus Vachon and we have two teenage sons, Myles and Ethyn. As a family we enjoy attending sporting events and exploring the Thousand Islands.  I look forward to working with and meeting the families in the Alexandria Community. Please reach out with any suggestions or ideas you have to build the Hearts for Youth Program.”

Denise, Kerri and Samantha have loved serving the Alexandria community and being part of the Hearts for Youth family. Thank you for letting us be part of your lives. We look forward to seeing how HFY will continue to serve the community of Alexandria and its families in the years ahead.

For more information about Hearts for Youth, be sure to check out our website at www.heartsforyouth.org or follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at heartsforyouth@gmail.com or 315-783-3248.