UYC completes renovation – Urbana Daily Citizen


The Urbana Youth Center (UYC) is completing its approximately $ 280,000 renovation of the old Champaign County Public Library building at 160 West Market Street in Urbana. The repairs and upgrades ensure the building will serve the community for many years to come, according to the UYC team.

Funding for the renovation project was largely made possible by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OHMAS), with assistance from the Mental Health, Drug, and Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties (MHDAS). The money only supports physical infrastructure and cannot be used to fund programs or operations at the youth center.

“MHDAS proactively located the available Capital Youth Resiliency cash in the state of Ohio and assisted us through the application process. This renovation project has saved another community treasure and honors the building’s original purpose of educating the community, ”said Justin T. Weller, Executive Director of UYC.

Improvements over the past three months at the youth center include upgrading and adding new heating and air conditioning systems throughout the building, repairing huge amounts of crumbling plaster, restoring original woodwork , upgrading of electrical systems, complete renovation of four rooms that were in a state of disrepair, addition of all new network infrastructure, new lighting, addition of administrative space, repainting of almost the entire interior of the building with colors true to the times, and the list goes on.

“Old buildings like this often don’t get the attention they deserve. At GrandWorks (the parent foundation of UYC and Gloria Theater), our goal is to preserve and enhance community treasures like this where possible. It’s not always easy, but I think anyone who takes a tour of the youth center will know it’s worth it. This renovation project has improved the safety and comfort of our building while ensuring that it will last for many more years, ”explained Weller.

OHMAS ‘Capital Youth Resiliency Money is only available through local mental health councils and is designed to train resilient young people – young people who are resistant to mental health and addiction issues because they have the tools needed to meet these challenges. The Urbana Youth Center is one such project, according to MHDAS.

“The work that takes place at the Urbana Youth Center provides services that fill a much needed gap for students in the community. Justin and the staff at UYC work hard to provide a great range of programs that give young people the tools to help them avoid some of the issues we see circulating in the adult community. MHDAS is delighted to partner with them to provide staff training and prevention services and support that can make a difference in the lives of these students for years to come, ”said Tammy Nicholl, Executive Director of MHDAS .

According to the mission of the Urbana Youth Center, the center provides comprehensive services to young people to reach, restore and revive the community. Currently serving over 500 student members in Grades 6 through 12, with an open heart, an open mind and open doors, UYC educates students through respectful, honest and open-minded programming.

“It is very important that people understand that this money from the state that allowed us to do this major renovation project was strictly for the building. The youth center still needs continued financial support from the community. Serving 500 student members is no small task. The need and demand for our programming clearly exists, ”explained Weller.

MHDAS provided $ 20,000 in calendar year 2021 to support the operations and programs of the Urbana Youth Center, which the UYC team says is critical.

“Tammy and everyone at MHDAS have been incredibly supportive of our efforts. This community is very fortunate to have such a committed team that works to support projects like the youth center. This renovation simply wouldn’t have happened without them, ”explained Weller.

The youth center has just been designated as the Priority One Youth Capital Project for Logan and Champaign Counties by MHDAS. This designation helps the youth center to apply for grants and funding opportunities.

“Investing in the programming of the youth center is something that MHDAS knows to be extremely important for our community. A number of companies and organizations have already mobilized and we hope others will do the same. Our Board of Directors looks forward to continuing our work with the Urbana Youth Center and building a bright future for the youth in our communities, ”said Nicholl.

“There are even bigger projects on the horizon for the youth center and the MHDAS. We really look forward to sharing more soon on what’s to come. If this community and organizations like MHDAS continue to support our efforts, we can make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of students in our local community.

As a non-profit organization, the Urbana Youth Center relies on donations and grants to deliver support programs and operations. Those wishing to donate or find out more about UYC can go to or text the youth center at 937-772-4022.

The main entrance and reception desk are shown after its upgrades.

Pictured are Justin Weller of UYC and Tammy Nicholl of MHDAS.

The renovations of the school hall are underway in this photo.

High school room after renovation shown in this photo.

Plaster repair and restoration of the woodwork in the Junior High Room are underway at UYC.

$ 280,000 renovation improves facility

Information from the Urbana Youth Center.


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