Out with the old, in with the new: Marquette YMCA to start work on new Youth Center

Published: Apr. 5, 2018 at 12:26 PM EDT
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The community is invited to join the Marquette YMCA on Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the start of construction on the new Youth Center.

The YMCA has raised 100 percent of the funds necessary to contract Gundlach Champion in the demolition of the non-conforming locker rooms and the construction of our new Youth Center. The Y is excited to start this new journey for the YMCA of Marquette County as they believe this will make a huge difference in the lives of children aged 11 to 17 in the community.

When the Y opened its doors in October 1999, they had a space for all youth any age. A lot of memories were made in our Youth Center. Unfortunately, the center was replaced with locker rooms in 2014. These locker rooms cannot be used, so our youth have been using the hallway for their programs.

The Y has been working very hard to raise the funds to bring the Youth Center back to the Y! Thanks to the Rotary Club of Marquette, Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, the River Valley Bank Foundation and exceptional donors, they have raised every penny to start the renovation.

The new Youth Center will house the Before and After School Program, Snow Days, Summer Day Camp, Birthday Parties, and be a space for your 11-17 year old at night and on the weekends! We are still raising funds for fun items that will go in our Youth Center. Some of the awesome things we would like to see in our new Youth Center include:

- Bouldering wall

- Lounge furniture

- Computers and desks

- TV

- Homework tutoring

- Wii gaming system

About the Y The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit their website at ymca.net.