A new space at the YMCA of Montclair will give both teens and seniors somewhere to socialize and learn new skills.
Plans to construct a 600-square-foot senior/teen center at the 25 Park St. location were announced recently.
"The YMCA believes in offering safe, structured environments and leadership development programs to foster teens’ ability to make good decisions and to provide a safe, social environment for the seniors/boomers that call us home," said CEO Jo Ann Short.
During the day, the center will offer programs and a meeting space for seniors.
"Their level of connectivity and community will increase, helping them stay healthy mentally and emotionally," said Carol Kearney, Senior Program Coordinator.
After school, the center will give teenagers, ages 13 to 18, a safe place to do their homework, play games, learn and practice new skills or relax while supervised by trained Y staff. The center will be equipped with computers/iPads, a large screen television and a kitchenette.
“It will be their home away from home where they can learn, share and hang out in a safe, educational environment,” said Kimberley Griffiths, Youth, Teen and Family Director.
Monthly movies, arts and crafts programs, game nights and more are planned.
The project is funded in part by a $30,000 grant from the Partners for Health Foundation, along with a $5,000 gift from the Investors Foundation, which supports nonprofits in the communities served by Investors Bank, and private donations from Jacqueline McMullen and the Sauer family in memory of John Sauer.
The center is expected to open in mid-2014.