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.
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.
“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.”