By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

On Thursday, November 3, the City of Rancho Cordova will unveil a brand new Youth Center. Located at 10455 Investment Circle, the center will provide kids with the opportunity to participate in year-round programs, build relationships, and foster a closer sense of community. The programs are set to begin in mid-November and will be centered around mentorship, academic support, and athletics. 

Kids aged 6-18, enrolled in 1st-12th grade, and who live in or are enrolled in an RCUSD school are eligible to participate. The programs are first-come, first-serve. Parents can fill out an interest form here. Note, however, that it does not guarantee a spot in the program. A representative from the RCYC will reach out by mid-to-late October to notify you about your enrollment status. 

The donated land and building was the former site of the Center of Praise Ministries Worship Center. Center of Praise Ministries is a multi-ethnic church located in Sacramento. Not wanting to sell the land, they decided it was best to donate it to the city with the hope that it can be repurposed to serve the community, specifically the youth, which had been a long-time dream of its founder, Bishop Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr., D.Min., Ph.D.

“We were able to build a partnership with the city with the sole purpose of making a positive impact on our community. We wanted to show that with understanding, listening, and the pooling of our resources that we could do something that would be positive for generations to come,” Bishop Lovelace Jr. said. “We’re very excited to see that nearly 20,000 youth in the community will be served by this building.”

The grand opening celebration will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the site of the RCYC. The deadline to register for the free event is Thursday, Oct. 27. The grand opening ceremony will feature tours of the new center and sports fields, writing and sports activities, music, dinner from local food trucks, and more! Parking will be available adjacent to the youth center. The event will be held indoors and outdoors, rain or shine.