Scottsdale’s Partners in Action manages community center in Glendale

A 30-year-old nonprofit, Partners in Action, will manage the Glendale Community Center as a magnet to deliver after-school enrichment programs for neighborhood youth.

Partners In Action partners with the City of Glendale to manage the Glendale Community Center and offer after-school enrichment programs for neighborhood youth. (Submitted photo)

Partners In Action partners with the City of Glendale to manage the Glendale Community Center and offer after-school enrichment programs for neighborhood youth. (Submitted photo)

The Scottsdale-based international nonprofit, PIA, operates orphanages and manages humanitarian projects in 30 countries around the world and is active within the Valley with multiple philanthropic organizations. PIA assumed management of the Glendale Community Center on June 1, according to a press release stating that summer programs and activities for youth along with the fall line-up of free programming for the upcoming school year were immediately rolled out.

Not only will the center, located 5401 W. Ocotillo Road provide a safe and structured environment for local children, it will serve the community’s working parents by providing quality after-school care, the release said, noting programs such as sports, youth mentoring, homework assistance, reading, dance and even English as a second language classes for adults will be offered. In addition to the programming, PIA is planning additional facility upgrades to accommodate its new activities.

“The Glendale Community Center is so much more than a place to go hang out,” Jerry Bowman, Partners In Action CEO, said in a prepared statement. “It’s a place that will have lasting effects on kids’ lives as they gain life skills, receive valuable adult support and mentorship, and find a safe haven and alternative from risky choices that often begin in those unsupervised after-school hours.”

PIA is planning an open house at the beginning of the new 2016-17 school year to introduce the neighborhood to the directors and the new after-school programming. In the fall, additional programming is expected to include Ambassadors of Compassion youth mentoring, a STEM program, field trips, nutritional programs; and for parents, financial literacy classes, and coaching and sports administration certification programs.

 “Thanks to Partners in Action, the new programs at the Glendale Community Center are a great extension of positive community preservation,” said Glendale Councilmember Jamie Aldama in a prepared statement. “The children and families in the Ocotillo neighborhood have a place to go that is entirely focused on their growth, enrichment and safety.”

Recently reopened with refreshed interior and exterior public areas, the center is now welcoming neighbors to take advantage of the recreational activities being offered throughout the summer, including games, arts and crafts. Regular community barbecues will be scheduled monthly to promote neighborhood gatherings and familiarize the community with the center’s new management, the release added.

Programs will be operated and managed by third-party organizations including Ambassadors of Compassion, which teaches leadership, character and responsibility, and PlayWorks, a California-based national nonprofit that supports learning and physical health by providing safe and inclusive play to low-income students, the release stated. The YMCA, which provides programs at the center, will continue offering classes.

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