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Youth center envisioned for Warrensburg

Discussing ideas Nov. 19 for a new community-based youth center in Warrensburg — in front of a church building on Smith St. eyed as a site for the venue —  are (left to right): pastors Ron Allen, Nancy Barrow and Stephen Andrews.

Discussing ideas Nov. 19 for a new community-based youth center in Warrensburg — in front of a church building on Smith St. eyed as a site for the venue — are (left to right): pastors Ron Allen, Nancy Barrow and Stephen Andrews. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “It’s great to see them so enthusiastic,” he said. “This could be quite an addition to our community — and it looks like they can accomplish it without any tax money.”

Andrews said that his denomination’s parent organization, the United Methodist Conference, offered grants to benefit youth and family life, and the youth center development and operation seemed like it would be a concept that met the criteria for funding — not only from the Methodist Conference, but from other regional and national church organizations.

“I’m pretty sure we could get grants for the center,” he said.

Andrews is not only intending to involve youth, but he’s seeking to recruit the public as well as area pastors in developing the center. he said the venue could be operating as soon as several months, or it could take as long as a year, depending on the support it garners.

“Anyone who wants to help plan this center is welcome,” he said. “We’re very excited about this.”

Barrow agreed with Andrews.

“A youth center could be very beneficial in teaching life skills, which would have a tremendous impact on our youth,” she said. “It would be wonderful for the community.”

Andrews can be reached at 623-4241, and Barrow can be reached at 793-3020 or nbarrow@nycap.rr.com.

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