Children are the most powerful and amazing forms of life ever created. They are not only our future but they provide adults with a blueprint for how to enjoy life to its fullest. We here at City Youth Matrix believe that a great chasm exists between birth and living our intended purpose. The pillars of life that connect the dots come in the form of children. These themes are a part of the vision that drew Aaron Vetter (CYM Executive Director and Founder) to a life devoted to providing City Youth with the same opportunities for extracurricular enjoyment that all children should enjoy. Aaron has been a public school teacher for 18 years and has coached and mentored youth for over 20 years. He has directed various mentoring and extracurricular programs that aim to provide support for students to build upon their academic success as they prepare to enter the global economy. Aaron passionately believes that children become truly whole and their potential is maximized through the relationships and experience they encounter through extracurricular opportunities.
City Youth Matrix is a community-based public nonprofit 501(c)(3). The "nuts and bolts" of City Youth Matrix is that we remove barriers. We will provide registration opportunities, scholarships, and transportation for children and their families to be immersed in the wealth of enrichment opportunities that Frederick provides. This means that all youth will now have greater opportunities to enjoy any youth recreational sports program, art program, performing arts program, life skills program and mentor program that is being offered in any capacity.
Additionally, and critical, we invest a great deal of time and focus in helping parents or guardians fill gaps and access resources that will help them independently support their children beyond the enrichment programs….. We call this our Family Empowerment Platform.
Currently we are in the pilot phase of operations. We are providing youth opportunities to participate in after-school programs by eliminating any barriers that exist. Oftentimes these barriers are related to cost and transportation.
City Youth Matrix does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, providing scholarships for students, providing transportation for students, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.