For over 25 years, the Bethel Youth Drop-In Center (YDIC) has provided a safe environment for fun and educational programs for the elementary-age children in our neighborhood. Operating both an after-school program and a six-week Summer Day Camp, we are a coalition of neighbors and Bethel Lutheran Church congregation members who work together in this endeavor.
We welcome children of all backgrounds and faiths. While the YDIC is a partnership between Bethel Lutheran Church and the people in its neighborhood, the YDIC does not offer religious instruction or programs. We do teach, and model, for children in our care universal values of compassion, kindness and building of productive, peaceful communities.
The Bethel Youth Drop-In Center is supported through grants and the generous donations of our friends. Activity fees cover only a small portion of our operating costs. Many hours of labor are donated by teens and adults of all ages. Craft and sport supplies and equipment and snacks are donated as well. If you would like to support the center in some way, please let us know.
During the school year, children in grades one through five attending Beech and Chief Joseph Elementary school students may enroll in an afternoon program for after school care. The Center is open every day Portland Public Schools is open; hours are 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Children are enrolled on a first come, first served basis until all spots are filled.
Staff meets your child at their school at dismissal time and accompanies them back to Bethel’s building. They are offered a substantial after-school snack. There is time set aside for homework, reading or mathematics games. Once school work is done, children may choose an activity – games, crafts, outdoor play (weather permitting).
In the summer, students going into first through fifth grades are eligible to enroll in a six week summer camp program.
Scholarships are available. Contact the YDIC for more information about both programs.
Program Director: Cheyenne McPherson