Many parents and youth are likely counting the days to the end of the school year. For most youth the school year ends the last week of May. This week I focus my article on my first program in Butler County. The program is called the Career Readiness Skills Preparatory Academy. I developed the program around three areas: (1) 4-H orientation, (2) youth financial literacy, and (3) public speaking. Many of the youth were unaware of the 4-H program and the wonderful opportunities that the program offers for youth ages 5 to 19. During the month of April the sessions focused on 4-H orientation and public speaking. For the month of May the weekly sessions will focus on financial literacy and public speaking. The sessions meet from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The dates for the May sessions include the 9th, 15th, 23rd, and the 30th. There is no registration cost. All that is needed is a desire to learn.