POPULAR GROUP BRAKES IN NEW STAGE—INK, a Lighthouse music group, performs on the new stage during the celebration of the YMCA’s new Creative Youth Center. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

POPULAR GROUP BRAKES IN NEW STAGE—INK, a Lighthouse music group, performs on the new stage during the celebration of the YMCA’s new Creative Youth Center. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

In January, the Homewood-Brushton YMCA began a $6.5 million comprehensive renovation project that would result in a new facility called the Creative Youth Center.

On Oct. 20, the Y celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of the project with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

JULIE MOTLEY-WILLIAMS Executive Director Homewood-Brushton YMCA

JULIE MOTLEY-WILLIAMS
Executive Director
Homewood-Brushton YMCA

Funded through a $1.52 million grant from The Heinz Endowments, the facility now boasts a music studio where Pittsburgh’s future musical stars might record their first singles, a demonstration kitchen where the next B. Smith might whip up healthy meals, a high-tech flexible classroom for tomorrow’s Internet entrepreneurs, and much more. The celebration was sponsored by YMCA partners Remake Learning, APOST and BMe Community.

“At the YMCA, our commitment to youth development means that we care deeply about nurturing children’s physical, mental and emotional growth,” said YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh President and CEO Kevin Bolding.

KEVIN BOLDING Chair Homewood YMCA Advisory Board

KEVIN BOLDING
Chair Homewood
YMCA Advisory Board

“The Creative Youth Center is an environment where students are given the tools that teach them how to collaborate with one another, motivate themselves, practice empathy and rely on their ingenuity and grit. In conjunction with their academic education, teaching young people these ‘soft skills’ will help them grow up to be motivated, compassionate and successful members of the community.”

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