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SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 15, 2019) – Following a six-month renovation, the Frank Garrett Multi-Service Center reopened today offering new community programs and City services for bettering the education, recreation opportunities and health of San Antonio residents. A portion of the space now houses the City’s newest initiative: NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center, which aims to reengage young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are disconnected from education, work or major social institutions.
“Every San Antonio resident can make an impact on the community,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “No one should feel as though they are limited by their current circumstances. Our focus with this new center is to connect our unemployed youth population with the education and job training resources they need to get on their feet.”
Approximately 30,000-35,000 young adults in San Antonio are currently unemployed or not in school. To help meet their personal, educational and career goals, the City allocated $760,000 in the FY 2019 budget to establish a youth re-engagement center. The NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center, managed by the City’s Department of Human Services in coordination with Goodwill and Communities in Schools, assists disengaged youth with the steps necessary to go back to school or find a job related to their interest. Anyone between the ages of 16-24 who resides in San Antonio qualifies for the services and can either schedule an appointment or walk in to meet with a NXT Level coach.
“San Antonio is a city that has always been known to come together to tackle challenges affecting our residents, and this time won’t be any different,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “We won’t stop working until every youth in this community has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.”
Also new to the center is a home-teaching program for families with children who live with asthma. Children in Bexar County have the highest asthma-related hospitalization rates of all large counties in Texas. Metro Health’s newest initiative, SA Kids B.R.E.A.T.H.E.: Building Relationships, Effective Asthma Teaching in Home Environments, works with the community to improve the quality of life and health of children with asthma. The program utilizes case management and a series of home visits to decrease the number of hospitalizations and missed days of school for those children living with asthma. Metro Health will also continue providing immunization services at the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as it has done since 2013.
Additionally, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department received increased funding in the FY2019 budget to provide full-service recreation programming year-round at the Frank Garrett Multi-Service Center. Parks & Recreation will also offer out-of-school camps, the Summer Youth Program and activities for teens.
“The Frank Garrett Multi-Service Center is a beacon of hope to those in the West End area who are looking for a place to recreate, recover and learn,” said District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño, in whose district the Frank Garrett Center is located. “I’m happy to see the center re-opening with a fresh look and bright promise for our residents in District 1 and all community members who rely on Frank Garrett for services.”
The NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center received generous support from JPMorgan Chase & Co. through a $150,000 grant to Goodwill for education, training and career guidance.
“Opportunity youth are San Antonio’s untapped talent pool,” said Carolyn Watson, vice president for Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase. “These young people need our help, and the re-engagement center can help provide the right skills and education so they can build a brighter future for themselves and their families. Employers benefit, too, from having skilled talent to power San Antonio’s economy.”
For more information on the NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center, visit www.nxtlevelsa.org.