Fort Valley Youth Center revived with help from the community

“We’re excited because this city also needs youth mentors and adult mentors, so we’re just happy to see this reopening.”
Fort Valley Youth Center reopens
Reopening of the Youth Center

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – In 2020, the Fort Valley Youth Center of Excellence Fort Valley closed due to the pandemic. Now the community is coming together to help revive it.

“We’re going to do remediation, a type of stem program, we’re going to do life skills. Where we’re going to teach them about healthy eating, exercise, money management,” said center CEO Belinda Baker.

She says they want to be more than just an after school center. They want to be a major asset to the community.

“We want to help students in the afternoon, we hope to grow to help adults in the morning. To help them get some type of training,” Baker said.

Opening again requires a lot of help. That’s why Dr. Michael Edwards, a native of Fort Valley, came from Virginia to donate to the center.

“We have brought a lot of stuff in terms of rod devices, lab equipment, desks, classroom desks, supplies and equipment for the kids that we think will be useful to the center,” a- he declared.

Dr. Edwards runs a youth center in Virginia. He says giving back will help young people make an educational impact.

Fort Valley State University students from the “Boys to Men” mentorship program also helped unload the truck on Friday. Aundreus Maning, program director, says their goal is to be a role model.

“We’re excited because this city also needs youth mentors and adult mentors, so we’re excited to see this reopening,” Maning said.

The center plans to open its doors with a summer camp.

If you would like to volunteer at the center, visit the center at 500 Riley Avenue in Fort Valley.

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