Family Resources and Youth Services Center (FRYSC) are being honored Feb. 8-12 as part of a state wide initiative to recognize and celebrate their service to the children of Kentucky. Mercer County’s resource coordinators have been working hard throughout the Covid crisis to keep their families fed, clothed and with the necessities.
“To celebrate this week we are asking that you please display a picture of you with your business, organization, church or family home with our sign and post pictures to Facebook using the hashtag #FRYSCStrong to recognize the dedication that these centers provide for our students and families every day,” said Amy Matthews, coordinator for the intermediate school . It shows the wonderful community connection and support that our Mercer County Family Resource Centers provides together to meet the FRYSC motto of “Whatever It Takes.”
Mercer County Schools and Burgin Independent have a FRYSC Coordinator and Center in each of its buildings and their information can be found on each school’s web page. Coordinators are Georgiana Bray, MCES, Amy Matthews, MCIS, Allison Hazelwood, KMS, Melody Pike, MCSHS and Mercer Central and Sharon Perkins for Burgin Independent Schools.
Over the past year family resources has held food drives, handed out Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes, helped organize a food event with the salvation army which brought 38,000 pounds of free food into Mercer County along with maintaining contact with families in need and offering individualized support.
Family Resource Youth Services Centers have been significantly impacting the lives of students and families in Kentucky for over 30 years. Following a declaration by the Kentucky Supreme Court that Kentucky’s education system was inefficient and inequitable, the Kentucky Education Reform Act was formed and family resource centers were established.
These centers are designed to address the needs of children by developing partnerships with school, family and community to help all public school students reach proficiency. Recent surveys report that educators, parents and community partners feel the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers are a “necessary component of Kentucky educational programming and “a program vital to students, empowering families, and helping to improve schools.”
In 1991 just over 100 Family Resource and Youth Services Centers were opened in Kentucky. In 2021, centers now have grown to 857 serving 1200 schools.