Illinois Youth Centers programming has been halted again (due to Covid cases among staff) but for the 4 weeks we were back, it was water to the thirsty soul…for the youth and for us as providers. After months of web programming, being in person to connect with the youth was life giving. Seeing the smiles, sitting with them for hours to talk and bringing Popeye’s chicken sandwiches for those in the drumming classes was a needed change. We ran a contest for the youth and will be running weekly contests in the future to keep youth busy until we are welcomed back in person. Please pray for the staff, the youth and our program partners as we continue to navigate this season of Covid with our young people at IYC St. Charles.