Center of Praise Ministries and City of Rancho Cordova Youth Center Partnership
Rancho Cordova Youth Center
The Rancho Cordova Youth Center is a unique partnership between the Center of Praise Ministries and the City of Rancho Cordova. The Center of Praise Ministries donated the building and land to the city specifically for a youth center, a long-time dream of its founder, Bishop Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr., D.Min., Ph.D.
Located in northeast Sacramento County, the Youth Center is centrally located within an underserved community and will soon serve elementary and teenage students with a focus on equity and inclusion, mentorship, academic support, and sports activities.
Plans for the Youth Center are well underway. In January 2020, the Center of Praise Ministries and the City of Rancho Cordova held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the commencement of this project at which time the city pledged its support for the development and oversight of the Youth Center.
Since that time, the city has invested $6.995 million in capital funding to renovate the facility and just received news that the federal government will provide a $350,000 grant for programming and equipment.
Renovation of the facility is well underway, and the Rancho Cordova Youth Center is expected to open its doors to youth in Fall 2022.
How the Youth Center Will Support Rancho Cordova
Since cityhood in 2003, it has been a dream of Rancho Cordova city leaders to provide struggling youth with a safe place to go where they can be supported. A Youth Center is much-needed in Rancho Cordova to support youth from many racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as socioeconomic levels.
The Youth Center will provide a welcoming, central and safe environment for year-round youth programs, build relationships with local youth, and show local youth how much the community cares about their success and future in Rancho Cordova.
If you have any questions about the Rancho Cordova Youth Center or are interested in supporting the youth center, please contact Megan Siren at 916.851.8892 or email msiren@CityofRanchoCordova.