Summer events planned for youth

Passages, Inc., will offer a Summer Youth Enrichment Program. The program is designed for individuals, ages 12 to 22, with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in a Whitley County school program. The program focuses on practicing and enhancing academic, social, and vocational skills in a structured and “fun” environment. The summer program will be held at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.Sessions dates are: Session I: June 16 through July 3Session II: July 8 through July 25Sessions will meet Mondays through Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Activities will include field trips to local and area attractions, as well as games, arts and crafts, and many other summer events. Students will also benefit from enhanced academic experiences, including studies in science, history and patriotism, the arts, and career exploration.According to a parent, for approximately two weeks after the program was over, his child kept asking if they were going to go to Passages for the summer program.In the past, teachers have said students were able to transition back to the classroom easier after participating in this structured program throughout the summer.  Class size is limited. Application deadline is Friday, May 30. For more information, or to reserve your spot for a session, contact Pam Hoyt, program coordinator at 244-9327, or email at program is funded in part by the United Way of Whitley County.Passages, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation established in Columbia City in 1954. The organization currently serves more than 175 individuals; offering a variety of community-based programs and services for individuals with an intellectual disability. For more information on Passages, Inc. visit or contact Jason Meyer at 244-9310 or