The YMCA of Talbot County broke ground for the New Teen and Family Center on March 30, 2010. The $3 million Center, designed to provide meaningful programs that build healthy habits in middle and high school youth, will include two state-of-the-art climbing walls, a media center/computer lab, a music studio, cooking classroom/studio, and space for program activities. As part of the YMCA’s $5 million Capital Campaign, the Teen and Family Center will encompass 9,200 square feet adjacent to the current YMCA building. The Center is scheduled to be completed by end of December 2010.
A non-profit organization serving people from all walks of life, the YMCA has always been in the business of building healthy habits in teens, with its mission of “fostering opportunities for individuals, families, and community that strengthen spirit, mind and body for all.” Recently, the organization realized the need to expand its facilities and space to fully embrace this approach in delivering teen programs, school-aged programs, childcare programs, and family-life programs.
Robbie Gill, President and CEO of the YMCA of Talbot County, comments, “We want the Teen and Family Center to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families in our community. One in every two children in Talbot County is a member of the YMCA or involved in YMCA programs.” He adds, “The YMCA believes developing assets and values in our local youth will positively impact our current youth challenges.”
According to Kit Hughes, Chairman of the Community Phase of the YMCA’s Capital Campaign, “We are pleased that to date the YMCA of Talbot County has raised $4,046, 393, which is 80.9 percent of its Capital Campaign goal of $5 million. The goal in our community phase is to raise $1 million by the end of this year to wrap up the Campaign.” She adds, “Community members can play a critical role in supporting the YMCA’s youth endeavors through donations to the Capital Campaign.”
An exhibit has recently been installed on a wall in the renovated lobby of the YMCA which chronicles the need for the current Capital Campaign and identifies how the YMCA will deliver its services over the next several decades. According to F. Graham Lee, Chief Development Officer, “The wall will also document the Capital Campaign gifts over the course of the Campaign so that we can recognize the support received from the community.”
For information about making a financial pledge to the YMCA’s Capital Campaign, contact F. Graham Lee, Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of Talbot County at 410-822-0566.