The Youth Center has reopened at the Sister Bay Village Hall, providing a space for young community members to play games, relax and socialize with their peers.
Sister Bay Village Board member Kathy Enquist took initiative in restarting the program, asking Shannon Jungwirth, a local parent, to help get it off the ground.
The program originally operated as the Teen Center, but with the reboot organizers found the name no longer fit. “We kind of shifted the age bracket that we’re aiming for,” Jungwirth explained. “It’s now more for 6th to 10th grade.”
The program seeks to not only provide a space for young teens and preteens, but to get kids actively involved in the program. The Youth Center’s organizing committee is made up of both students and adults working together to make a program that is both safe and enjoyable.
The Youth Center has been open since April 30 and is open on Saturdays from 6 – 9 pm. The center is equipped with various means of entertainment, including a pool table, foosball table and screen for showing movies. The center’s budget allows volunteer supervisors to provide free pizza and water for attendees. Other snacks such as candy bars are also available for sale.
Awareness of the Youth Center is already growing.
“Gibraltar’s been really good about handing out flyers to announce that it’s available and that it’s open and running,” Jungwirth said.
The next step in the project is to get the news out to parents, and to find volunteer supervisors. These volunteers would essentially oversee the space and ensure that it is being used respectfully and responsibly.
To contact Shannon Jungwirth about becoming a volunteer for the Sister Bay Youth Center, parents can send a message through the center’s Facebook page.