The Berkeley Teen Center, which broke ground earlier this month on the corner of Center and MLK, has been nominated as a possible candidate to win a $250,000 Pepsi Challenge Grant.

The Berkeley-Albany YMCA center will  provide programs and services in support of academic achievement, youth employment and career planning and leadership development for all teens, including those considered at-risk and under-resourced. It will be housed in a renovated service center donated by PG&E.

The $250K would go towards building materials and construction costs. The entire project is estimated to cost $8 million.

In order to win the grant, the center needs votes from the community. Voters will effectively be giving the project a thumbs-up and affirming that it is a good idea. The center is currently placed at #11 in the nominations queue.

To find out more, and to vote, visit the Pepsi Refresh Project website. Voting closes on February 28th.

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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...