NEKYS Shelter Walk

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nekys walkST. JOHNSBURY - The Northeast Kingdom Youth Services, or NEKYS, held their 10th annual Shelter Walk this past weekend, and for the first time ever it was part of St. Johnsbury's Fall Foliage Parade. NEKYS has been serving the youth for 36 years now and have served more than 4,107 people in both Caledonia and Essex counties.

 On Saturday, walkers took to the streets in St. Johnsbury to show their support, and to help keep troubled kids off the streets. Many of the participants in the walk, have their own personal reasons for doing so. Dean Monteith said, "I was one of those troubled teens when I was a kid, and I needed someone to reach out and help me. There were a couple people that did, and i know how important that is as a teenager."

Priscilla McCormick-Sampson, who works for NEKYS, praised how well NEKYS has been helping disadvantaged youth in the area. She said, "We've had some youth that have finished high school, some who are successfully living in their own apartments, employed, and being part of the community; thats what its all about."

Though this annual walk is a big help to the organization, recent sequester cuts were announced that could make it harder for young people to get the services they need. Not only from NEKYS but from other local organizations as well. Which is why Dean says "I think it is extremely important that people hear the message from NEKYS that they are there for all youth."

NEKYS has workers available all hours of everyday and are always looking for more volunteers.