(WICHITA, Kan.) — A summer camp for youth with developmental disabilities celebrates 25 years.
It's called YESS or youth education and summer socialization. It's a program that is run throughout the summer by the ARC of Sedgwick County. They partner up with the Wichita school district as well as the United Way and the Wichita Parks and Recreation Department. Organizers say the program is all about creating learning experiences for the kids.
"We develop our social skills by going out and experiencing things in the community," says Kevin Fish, Executive Director of ARC of Sedgwick County. "Whether it's just going out to eat and ordering your own food somewhere, being able to go in and buy your own ticket when you go into the movie theater, so through all of these experiences they grow."
Around 600 people took part in the Wednesday night's 25th anniversary celebration. That includes past staff members and former students.