There are times when town government cannot completely finance the needs of a Town Department or program.  Municipal governments in Massachusetts are not allowed to fundraise for their operations.

When this happens, a group of citizens can put together a “Friends Group” – an independent nonprofit organization that seeks to raise funds on behalf of a town program.  As a result, the Friends of the GYCC was established on behalf of the Town of Georgetown to provide a fundraising mechanism to support the Georgetown Youth Community Center.

Georgetown already has several other similar “Friends of” organizations to help support the operations of other groups in town – these independent fundraising and advocacy groups are critical to the success of these program.

  • Friends of Georgetown-Ipswich Wrestling
  • Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library
  • Friends of Camp Denison
  • Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging

Similarly, the Georgetown PTA and Georgetown Education Foundation were formed to help raise funds for special projects in the schools.

The Friends of the GYCC is overseen by an independent board, and is not owned or managed by the Town of Georgetown.  Similarly, the Georgetown Youth Community Center will not be owned or managed by the Friends of the GYCC – its operations, financing, management, and review procedure will take place in Town Hall.

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As a town entity, the Georgetown Youth Community Center will function like any other town entity and will enjoy coverage in the town’s existing liability and other insurance policies.

Initial budgets for staffing rely on part time employees, which will require limited employer taxes.

During the Summer of 2019, the Georgetown PTA served as a fiscal sponsor for the Friends of the GYCC, providing insurance and initial structural and financial support.

The Friends of the GYCC has a series of events scheduled in October 2019 for which it has secured its own liability insurance.  Until such time as the GYCC is formally established by the town, it will access the Youth Center as any other non-profit group in Georgetown utilizes space at the public schools.

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Initially, participation at GYCC activities will be limited to youth in Grades 6-10 – that is, approximately age 12-16.  Participation is open to any youth in Georgetown that are in that age bracket, not just those enrolled at the public schools.

The GYCC is exploring additional programming for throughout the year, and certain events may be opened to different age groups, depending upon the needs of the program itself.

Decisions regarding what types of programs are offered at the GYCC will rely upon the young people who are attending the center.  The GYCC will have a youth-led council that will determine what sorts of events will draw the widest attendance, focusing on those that reinforce the vision and mission of the Center.

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