A new youth center is hoping to open later this month in Webster.
Representatives from the Youth Activity Center (YAC) came to the village board to give them an update on what they have been up to.
The YAC sits on the corner of Highway 35 and E. Poplar Street in Webster. John Jacobs and Jeff Jowers came to the board to answer any questions they have about the center.
Jowers, a pastor at First Baptist Church in Webster, explained their mission to the board. Their goal is to have a safe place for kids, between the grades of fifth and twelfth, to go to after school with adults who care about them.
They plan on being open Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. They do not have any specific programming planned for the kids and also they do not plan on being open during the summer.
The YAC has already spoken with the Webster School district and have arranged to have kids get dropped off at the YAC and then will be picked up by parents/guardians later in the day.
Will Janssen owns the building, he asked the board about the possibility of helping getting the parking lot paved. The board explained that a conversation about getting the lot paved could take place down the line, but it is unlikely the village would give any money to help get the parking lot paved.
“We’re here to partner and invest in the community,” Jowers said.
Tim Maloney said, “We’re all for it. It’ll be great to have some place for kids to go.”