Youth Enrichment Services

Clay Connections Program Piloted with Clay Soper Memorial Fund

YES was pleased to collaborate this winter with the Clay Soper Memorial Fund to help pilot the Clay Connections program.  This very special program was established in memory of former YES teen and Winchester resident, Clay Soper, who tragically passed away in 2015.

The Clay Connections program aims to bring together students from different backgrounds to learn about acceptance, kindness, and understanding of people’s differences – core values which Clay embraced throughout his life.  More than 35 students from Winchester’s McCall Middle School and Dorchester’s Neighborhood House Charter School participated in the program.  These young people – from very different backgrounds – worked together on team building and participated in sports-based activities while building friendships and gaining an appreciation of their differences.

YES looks forward to continuing the Clay Connections program with a new set of students next year. Details on the program will be announced.

Learn more about the Clay Soper Memorial Fund here.

Pictured above are students in the Clay Connections program after skiing and snowboarding at Clay’s favorite mountain, Waterville Valley.