Vote online for the new Teen Center and help the Berkeley / Albany YMCA make dreams come true!

Vote online for the new Teen Center and help the Berkeley / Albany YMCA make dreams come true!  Your vote is tallied each day by the Pepsi Challenge Million $ campaign to “fund good ideas.”  Voting continues through the end of February.  Just six more days…you can do it!  Please Vote everyday… It’s so easy! Thank you.
The new Teen Center in downtown Berkeley will give the YMCA room to expand their programs for teens.  Perhaps their most successful program has been “Y-Scholars.” The vast majority of participants are from low-income families.  Often these students are the first in their family to graduate from high school and go on to college.
My friends Diana Meckfessel and Tom Ratcliff are among members of the Teen Task Force, which includes six adults and eight high school students. So far the Berkeley-Albany YMCA has raised more than $3.5 million towards their goal of $5 million.  Since the task force was formed, more than two years ago, at least 14 teens have worked with city officials, architects, contractors and engineers, to move the project forward. The teens themselves have raised more than $1 million by making presentations to various funds and foundations, as well as individual donors.
The Teen Center is located in Downtown Berkeley, on the corner of MLK and Center, across from the Police Station and Berkeley High. The vacant building was donated to the YMCA by PG&E.  
Gordon Wozniak, City Councilman for District 8, has urged the community in his recent newsletter: “vote” a click a day during Pepsi’s campaign to “fund good ideas.”  Read more by opening the links below or simply vote! Each day through the month of February.  Let’s go for the GOLD!

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