Youth drop-in center needs parent volunteers

By on June 4, 2010

Space at Civic Center equipped for games, movies
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—A new drop-in center in the Maple Park Civic Center needs parent volunteers before it can become a place for youths to gather for games and movies.

The youth drop-in center, located on the second floor of the Civic Center, is equipped with a pool table, a foosball table, an air hockey game and a movie screening room.

Creating the youth drop-in center was Police Chief Mike Acosta’s idea. He wanted the village to have a safe place for youths to spend their leisure time that also would promote goodwill between them and police, whose offices are adjacent to the youth drop-in center.

Village officials have supported Acosta in this effort.

“This is what our community needs, another place to go do something,” Village President Kathy Curtis said during Monday’s Village Board meeting.

For the space, trustee Terry Borg donated a couch and trustee Suzanne Fahnestock contributed a desk. Village resident Russ Trainor donated the pool table.

Acosta said his goal is to have the youth drop-in center be open daily from 5 to 10 p.m.

“We hope to open it in the next couple of weeks,” Acosta said Monday. “It just needs volunteers.”

Parent volunteers do not need to supervise an entire shift, but may sign up to help for one or two hours, Acosta said.

To volunteer as a parent supervisor for the youth drop-in center, call Acosta at (815) 827-3286.

The center will be open for certain age groups at specific hours, so that the youths there are close in age.

Photo: Samantha and Sky Martin try out the new air hockey table at the youth drop-in center, set to open soon in the Civic
Center in Maple Park. Courtesy Photo