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From Willows, Calif.            Wednesday, May 30 2001

Youth center ideas (continued)

Two listmembers have sent responses to my request for input on my youth center/hostel idea, and I'm hoping that others will put in their two cents. Before taking up the the member input, I'll continue laying out the details of my possibly harebrained scheme.

My intuition is that what will work best is a very informal setting, where just about any kind of activity or inactivity is optional. I described the property as a two-story house or business building originally, but any layout, as long as adequate square footage is available, could work.

Teens and young adults (without restricting older adults for that matter) could just go into the youth center to see who's there and do either or solo activities. To better detail the kinds of activities entailed, maybe a description of the furnishings and equipment I'd recommend may serve as a shortcut.

The youth center, whether it's the main floor of a building or a basement, or a portion of a large floor divided between public and hostel sleeping areas, might have:

  • A TV/video room or partitioned section seems most basic. It would be used by both town kids and out of town visitors using the hostel. A library of videos or DVDs should be included; community members could be asked to donate used but legally purchased videotapes or disks and a handful of titles would be adequate to begin. The video room should include up to a dozen comfortable chairs.

  • My second priority would be a computer/Internet corner. At least two computers connected to the Internet would be preferred, though the facility could begin with only one, especially if the facility "office" is computer-equipped. Youth hostels don't always provide Internet access, though the good ones always do and all should. And computers would definitely be a draw for local youths as well, some of whom would probably use them absent such equipment at home. Local volunteers (Ron Weekes?) might conduct short introductions to basics like web surfing and email for novices. Some youths reluctant to sit down at a computer in the library or take a computer class at school might be inclined to try it in a more informal setting where there are no expectations.

  • Some physical equipment like a pool table and/or ping pong should be provided.

  • A small dance floor might be made available, though my guess is that dancing is not a high priority for the current generation of youth, especially if a full disco environment is not feasible, which is not in this case. I'd want more input from the community, especially teens and 20-somethings, before deciding whether this is a high priority.

  • Coffee and tea service and espresso bar; snack availability (popcorn, chips, pastries, sodapop).

  • Self-catering kitchen (sink, refrigerator, one or two microwave ovens).

Still to come: what the hostel should have, and possible costs, fees, and funding options.

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