A new YMCA center for teenagers, which is receiving financial support from PG&E, will break ground today at 4:00pm at 2111 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. The event is open to the public and will feature remarks from Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, among others.

The center, which was designed with the help of a taskforce of teenagers, aims to provide the city’s 2,500 teens with help in the areas of academic achievement, employment, leadership development, environmental training and career planning

PG&E donated the 8,000 sq ft former service center that , once renovated, will become the LEED-certified center.

For details visit the Berkeley-Albany YMCA website.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...