Youth Center at Former Marianna Middle School Moves to Saturdays | Local

The Gilmore Academy/Jackson County Training School (JCTS) Youth Development Center is located in and around the former gymnasium of the former Marianna Middle School.

Active about six months ago, the group that runs the center and youth program there announced this week that the center will soon be open on Saturdays instead of Sundays. The change will go into effect next week, with a slight schedule change as well.

It will be open as usual this Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be open the following Saturday, March 26 and each Saturday thereafter. The hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. according to the new schedule taking effect with the change of day.

People 15 and under must be present for the first 2.5 hours, and people 16 and over must be present for the last 2.5 hours.

About two weeks ago, Roger Clay was asked to become the centre’s new standard operating procedures coordinator.

He said the switch from Sunday to Saturday was done to give participants back family time, as it is such a traditional gathering time for many young people, their parents and grandparents, often with large meals. families that help create memories.

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The program is aimed at young people in middle school and up and there are adults who work at the facility when it is open.

With the recent relaxation of masking recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control, masks are no longer required, but they are optional for those who feel safer using them, Clay said. Temperature checks will continue, he added.

Although most of the old Marianna College was sold to a private company, the town of Marianna retained five acres and its structures, which include the gymnasium and some buildings behind it. The Gilmore/JCTS group leases the retained property.

Programs provided by this team include basketball and cheerleading practice in the gymnasium, and a computer lab could be added by the end of the summer in one of these nearby buildings, a Clay said. A tutoring component is also a goal, he said, and pledges from volunteer tutors are being collected.

The overall goal of the programs is to provide healthy activities in a safe environment for local youth, Clay said.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned to orient the public to the center, he said.

For more information, call Clay at 863-259-9215 or 850-482-5568, Gilmore Academy/Jackson County Training School (JCTS) Youth Club President Grady Snell Jr. at 706-464-7445, or Lynwood Tanner at 850 -633 -7792.

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