YMCA Creates Learning Opportunity for Youth - YMCA of Southwestern Indiana

YMCA Creates Learning Opportunity for Youth

Renovations and expansion of the CenterPoint Energy YMCA continue on the south side of Evansville, and our YMCA used the renovation process as an opportunity to teach young adults about STEM. The facility (located at 1930 S. Garvin Street) has been a YMCA program site in partnership with the Evansville Housing Authority since 2006. A new element of the facility renovation is building a prayer garden, which includes landscaping design and a gazebo. ARC Construction, who is spearheading the facility renovations, paired local youth with tradesmen during the gazebo construction to show the application of STEM in jobs like carpentry and construction that young people can pursue in the future. We partnered with the Evansville Housing Authority’s YouthBuild program to connect young people (ages 18-24) with local tradesmen for the project. It’s all part of our workforce development vision for the CenterPoint Energy YMCA, which will also feature a new community room for training and workforce development classes as well as a STEM lab and teaching kitchen. Renovations of the facility are expected to be completed within the next few months.