The mission of Collier Youth Services is to provide at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope.
In 1927, Mrs. Robert Collier bequeathed the Wickatunk property to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for the establishment of a residential school for neglected and dependent girls. This residential program was in operation until the mid-1970s, when it was changed to Collier High School, an alternative day school for both boys and girls. At this time, Collier also expanded to include a group home for teenage girls and a summer camp for disadvantaged youngsters.
The property also houses the Kateri (Cat-er-ee) Environmental Center, which offers year-round, educational and recreational activities for children and families. These programs encourage a love of nature and respect for the environment. The Kateri programs cover a wide range of environmental topics while incorporating fun and adventure into every activity. All programs use the natural resources of Collier Youth Services’ beautiful 260-acre campus, including a pond, stream, fields and miles of nature trails to engage and educate both young and old.
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