The Kentucky Family Resource Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) strive to remove barriers in the lives of students to help them reach their full potential by relieving stressors that could be impacting their academic performance. Since opening in the early 1990s, Ashland Youth Services Center (AYSC) took care of the nearly 1700 students at both Ashland Middle School (AMS) and Paul Blazer High School (PBHS) under one grant with staff at both schools under one coordinator. In the late spring of 2018, the State of Kentucky offered to fund Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) for schools that did not have one and to fund stand-alone FRYSC covering multiple schools that were able to show student need. AYSC applied for the grant and was approved for reconfiguration, giving both PBHS and AMS stand-alone Youth Services Centers.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held during the 7th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference in Morehead on April 12th. State Representative Rocky Adkins spoke about the need for FRYSC and Miss Kentucky spoke of the impact made on her when she interned with FRYSC as a social work student and how she now advocates for FRYSC. Also in attendance were representatives John Blanton, David Hale, Kathy Hinkle, Ashland Independent School District administrators, community partners, and colleagues from across the state to show their support. The new Ashland Blazer Youth Services Center (ABYSC) opened on January 1, 2019 and continues to offer services and resources to students at PBHS such as clothing, emergency food, substance abuse education, mental health referrals, and much more. We are looking forward to the positive impact this will have on the lives of our students at both schools in the years to come. We would like to thank our Legislature who made this possible by fully funding FRYSC.
If you have a student at PBHS and have further questions, call Brittany Brown, Coordinator, or Shana Kramer, Program Liaison, at (606) 327-6040.
If you have a student at AMS and have questions, call Karen Gearheart, Coordinator, or Jeannie Stafford, Program Liaison, at (606) 327-2794.