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Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation funds new YMCA teen center

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BANGOR – A new teen center will be opening soon in Bangor, thanks to generous support from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, among others.

The Bangor Region YMCA has been working to garner community support for a new Teen Center which will be free of charge and open to all teens in the area. This space will offer drop-in programming for area youth to access after school, in the evenings, and on the weekends. It will also support numerous programs such as leadership clubs, mentor programs, homework support, job readiness programs, and mental health support services. This Teen Center has been developed in response to a Community Needs Assessment which identified safe spaces for teens as one of the top needs in our region.

The United Way of Eastern Maine was the first community partner to designate resources for this project. Since their commitment the Bangor Region YMCA has received financial, in-kind, and volunteer support from the City of Bangor, the Maine Community Foundation, the University of Maine School of Social Work, and area businesses. These organizations came together to provide the program, technology, and staff resources needed for the Teen Center.

The final piece of the puzzle needed to open the Teen Center was funding to renovate the YMCA’s youth program space. A recent grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation has provided $50,000 for the renovation, and construction is beginning immediately. The center is set to open in the next two months.

“We could not be more grateful to the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation. Their support was the last piece needed to make our dream a reality for our region’s youth. We will need consistent support from our community to fund ongoing costs, but now we can open a space that is fun, inviting and functional for our area youth. Nothing brings me more joy than to know that our YMCA will once again be a place where any young person can drop in any time, knowing there is a healthy role model, kind friends, and enriching program waiting for them.” said YMCA CEO Diane Dickerson.

The Teen Center plans to open its doors at the Bangor Region YMCA on Second Street in mid-November. To learn more or get involved, please contact Diane Dickerson, CEO of the Bangor Region YMCA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 207-9412808.

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