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NEO Friday Night Program up and Running

The Friday night open gym, Overtime, is up and running once again.  Now in its third year of existence, Overtime draws hundreds of junior high and high school students every Friday night.  Overtime is a “high-tech” open gym with everything from basket ball and volley ball to unicycling and video games to ping pong and more. Lynn Skrukrud, the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County & NEO Youth Outreach Coordinator says they are looking to expand to other areas.

“We can always use more volunteers. We’re hoping this year to expand to a second site, so that’s kind of on our radar. At the end of last year, we were getting close to 175 kids a night and so with more kids, we need more adults there helping out. Anyone can just stop by and help out.”

Overtime is open to all junior high and high school students and runs from 8-11pm every Friday night thru May with exceptions for school holidays.  The event is held at Park Avenue Alternative Education Site, and, it’s free.  A snack bar is available.   At the end of the last school year the average attendance was 175-200 students per week.  At last week’s opening night Overtime saw over 100 young people and numbers are expected to be well beyond 200 as the weeks go on.  The event has become so popular that they are even looking to expand to multiple sites.

Overtime is sponsored by The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County and ran by the New Covenant Baptist Church along with many community volunteers.  Volunteers are always needed as well as more supplies including ping pong tables, air hockey tables, fuss ball tables, walkie talkies, video gaming systems, remotes and games.  To donate or get involved,  or call the coalition at 530-273-7956.

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