continued The facility will allow for expanded ministering because of its uniqueness, said Richmond.
“We wanted something that wasn’t just your traditional sports, so we have this edge to us,” said Richmond. “We’ve taken this edgy approach for kids. It has a different spin on it from just traditional recreation programs.”
The facility will have monthly or annual memberships, day passes and will host birthday parties. It could also serve as a site for additional ministering programs or events.
Youth for Christ has been around since the ‘40s and seeks to “communicate a biblical Christian message to young people.”
“Say there is hope here in the world in what we face today and there is a God who personally cares for you and we want to share that message with our kids in communities,” said Richmond.
The organization has a teen parents program targeting teen moms that teaches them practical skills and sets them up with a mentor mom.
In Schenectady, Youth for Christ is gearing up for a week-long day camp called Blaze Fest.
“It’s a hip hop camp … about 500 kids will be involved with us for the week there,” said Richmond.
The camp teaches break dancing, graffiti art, emceeing, rapping, double dutch and more, said Richmond.
“At the end of the week we’ll have a big community festival where these kids get to display their skills in front of the community,” said Richmond. “It’s a great even, very positive and begins relationships with kids from the community.”
The recreational facility is slated for an October opening.