Youth Department Programs


 

  • Summer T.A.F.F.Y.

Summer T.A.F.F.Y. is a park program for children at least 5 years of age, and has been in operation over 62 years in the Town of Big Flats. The program runs for 5 weeks starting at the end of June.  Summer T.A.F.F.Y. operates from 5 of the parks in the Town of Big Flats.  The children are supervised by trained college and high school students.  Activities include: outdoor games, crafts, and weekly field trips. The program is Monday – Friday, 9am – 2:45pm. 

  • Winter T.A.F.F.Y.

Winter T.A.F.F.Y. is also known as “Bingo”.  Students in grades Kindergarten-4th meet at the Community Center on most Friday nights from 5:00 - 7:30pm.  This program runs September until Spring Break.  The children have a pizza dinner, play bingo and other games while being supervised by college and high school counselors.  The admission fee is a canned food to benefit the Big Flats Food Pantry.

 

  • Teen Commission

Teen Commission is for high school students in grades 9-12.  Monthly meetings are self governed by the teens, with supervision, to plan and implement events for peers and other age groups.  The teens also participate in community service opportunities.  The monthly meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Community Center.

  • YO’ (Youth Organization)

Youth Organization is for students in grades 5-8.  Meetings, events and community service projects are scheduled throughout the year.  The monthly meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month at the Community Center, September-May, unless there is an event planned on a different day that month.

  • After School Programs

After school programs for children in 3rd and 4th grade from Big Flats Elementary School participate in different sessions throughout the school year.  The sessions last for four to six weeks at a time.  The sessions include gardening, cooking, healthy lifestyles, board games, and chess club.

 

  • Youth Employment Services

Y.E.S. operates year-round as a job referral service for teens, ages 14–21 who are looking for work, and individuals, business, or groups who need work completed. Some of the most frequently requested jobs are: lawn care, childcare, domestic chores, painting, pet-sitting, and snow removal. Other various requests come from businesses, individuals, or groups.  Youth that have reached the age of 16 may also apply to work for Summer and/or Winter T.A.F.F.Y.  

 

 

Special Events

 

Fall Festival

The Town of Big Flats 11th Fall Festival Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from Noon until 2:00pm.  This event is at  The Big Flats Community Center. The day is filled with Chili and Chocolate Competition, Cake and Pie Wheel,  Door Prize and visits from NY State Troopers, Chemung County Sheriff's, and the Big Flats Fire Department.   A Costume Parade, pumpkin decoration, face painting, tatttoos arts and crafts will be available throughout the day.  Casper and friends will be there to hand out goodie bags and lead us in the parade to conclude the event.  

Spring Party

The Spring Party is for children up to the age of 10.  It is usually held at the Big Flats Community Center. There are different activities that include:  crafts, door prizes, egg coloring and a cupcake treat.  Bring your camera and get a picture with the Spring Bunny. You can also join in and do the Bunny Hop.  This is held around Easter time. Community Service hours are available.

Intergenerational Senior Citizens Night Out (Harvest Dinner)

The teens of Big Flats sponsor an intergenerational dinner for the senior citizens of our area. The night is held on the first Wednesday in October from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Big Flats Community Center. A meatloaf dinner (dontated by Miniers Grocery Mart) is served with mashed potatoes, vegetable and desserts to chose from. The door prizes are donated by Wegmans which are usually the flower center peicies.  The evening is filled with friends, family and fun. Please call the Youth Department office at 562-8443 ext.307 for your reservation by Oct 2, 2020.