For over a year, the James Weldon Johnson YMCA has been under construction to complete their 3.5 million expansion. Members walking into the YMCA are rerouted to enter the facility on the south side of the campus. The entrance and exercise room are bursting with senior’s playing card games and exercising. Down the hall students prepare for school assignments, while patiently awaiting the new teen center addition.
In addition to the Teen and Pre-teen center, the new swimming pool will allow the Y to expand its signature Safety Around Water drowning prevention program to reach more kids, while also creating 10-15 new jobs at the Y in Teen Center programming and aquatics. Shown is Executive Director Pedro Cohen and Senior Director of Teen Programs Ruth Spencer-Coley as she remarked, “We will have learning labs, a decompression zone and we hope that the teen center will assist teens to have a better sense of self, while trying new options for careers throughout the world.”