ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — Youth Connect Club, a unique non-profit outreach program for the youth in Ada, has humble beginnings since it was launched in 2019.

Founder Sher-Mon Clement, credits his ties to Ada as a young teenager and the Chickasaw Nation for coming up with the idea for the Youth Connect Club.

"I was associated with the Chickasaw Nation," Clement said. "They would fly me and my siblings down to Ada, Oklahoma."

After his time at East Central University, Clement worked for a youth program in Oklahoma City when he had a realization.

"A city with loads of money can support the youth, and I was like, 'We don't have that here in Ada,'" he said.

With that in mind, he created YCC. As the club has grown over the last three years, Clement has found a unique way to appeal to the younger audience.

"I go to the school personally and do surveys with the kids to find out what they want to do," he said. "I take a long list with a whole bunch of pieces of paper and I go through them individually."

And for the programs, activities and outreach that YCC does, it means something to the kids who experience it.

"The best lesson has been to help other people," Daigan Fisher said. "Be nice and have a great time."

As the Youth Connect Club prepares for its fall activities, Clement's goal is to build a community center for to welcome all the youth of Ada. Call 405-306-3245 for more information.