© Saugus Youth & Recreation - CEC | January 18, 2022
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Saugus Youth and Recreation Center
400 Central Street
Saugus, MA 01906
Tel: 781-231-4022
Fax: 781-231-4100
General E-Mail: youthrec@saugus-ma.gov
Interim Director:
 Crystal Cakounes, ccakounes@saugus-ma.gov
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About the Department
Per the Charter, the Youth and Recreation Commission is established for the purpose of
carrying out programs included but not limited to those designed to meet the opportunities,
challenges, and problems of the youth in the Town of Saugus in conjunction with any similar
or related programs of any agency of the Commonwealth or any agency of the Federal
Government.   The Youth Commission was established around 1993/1994 in response to the
youth risk behavior survey administered by the Saugus School District, in 1992.  This survey
showed alarming data, which ranked Saugus youth a third higher than the national average,
as more likely to engage in high-risk behavior.  At some point, the Youth Commission
absorbed Parks & Recreation, their responsibilities, and their budget.   However, the budget
for Parks & Recreation was eliminated, but not their responsibilities.  With that being said,
we have been running and maintaining numerous programs and activities that cater to both
mission statements of the Parks & Recreation and the Youth Commission.  These programs
have been run without the full funding that the Department had originally received.  The
Saugus Youth & Recreation Department is constantly looking for new ways to create fun and
exciting programs for the youth of Saugus.  We also provide job opportunities for the older
age groups.  Older teens are taught job ethics and how to act and grow in their workplace. 
Volunteer options are offered as well.  We kept the cost for these programs extremely low to
accommodate families in these hard times
Youth Commission
Our mission here at The Saugus Youth & Recreation Department is simple - We try to
accommodate all families by providing fun, low cost activities to keep our kids safe. 
We work closely with the Youth Commission Members:
-Phil Rando, Chair
-Glen Davis (also the director of our Town Team Basketball League)
-Julie Mitchell
-Paul Petkewich
-Kimberly Politano
-Betty Sullivan
Lead Staff:  Emily Kay, ekay@saugus-ma.gov
Lead Staff:  Emily Grant, egrant@saugus-ma.gov
It is with extreme sadness, we announce the passing of our director of 17 years and very good friend, Greg Nickolas.  A kind and selfless man willing to help anyone in need, while expecting nothing in return.  A true Sachem, Greg had pride in our Town and went above and beyond his duties to serve the youth and families of Saugus.  An incredible member of our community who helped so many people throughout the years.  Funny, wise, and slightly sassy, Greg had an awesome personality and aura that made all feel welcome.   Never judging, always accepting, and forever teaching us lessons we will never forget.  Greg will always be remembered for his over-the-top personality, his kind heart, his strong dedication and above all, his true friendship.  We will miss Greg every minute of every day.  We will strive hard to honor him and continue to do the wonderful work he has done for the Town of Saugus.
In loving Memory of Gregory Nickolas May 22, 1963 - September 28, 2021
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