Youth in Crisis Get New Home [SLIDE SHOW]

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Capital City Youth Services Release: Area's First Youth Transitional Center Groundbreaking- Facility to house program for older youth transitioning into community

Tallahassee, Florida – Capital City Youth Services (CCYS) today broke ground on the Big Bend area’s first center dedicated to serving older youth who face extreme challenges by helping them make a smooth transition to life in the adult world. The 4,800-square-foot

“Many of the youth we serve have gotten a raw deal from life, but with the right guidance they can still become productive members of society. Capital City Youth Services is here to help give them that guidance and a real opportunity to succeed,” said Kevin Priest, CEO and president of CCYS.

The one-story transitional center, located on the CCYS campus at 2407 Roberts Avenue, will include six youth bedrooms and a shared space consisting of a family room, dining area, kitchen and laundry facilities. Young residents will be able to utilize a Learning Café with computers and space for workshops and meetings, as well as a recreation area/basketball court. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of this month, and the facility should be ready for occupancy by June 1.

CCYS has been providing shelter and other services for homeless, runaway and out-of- control youth for more than 35 years. Known initially as the YMCA Someplace Else Youth Shelter, the organization incorporated under CCYS in 1993 and expanded its mission. CCYS operates the only youth crisis shelter in this area and also offers outreach, counseling and case management for youth and families. There is no charge to the family for services.

CCYS is offering naming rights sponsorships for the new building, the bedrooms and the living spaces, as well as a fountain that will be constructed after the building is finished. The sponsorships will allow benefactors to have their name associated with an important philanthropic cause while simultaneously providing additional funds for CCYS to continue its outstanding work in the community.

For more information, please contact Melanie at 850-576-6000 ext. 325, or

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