Loyola University Maryland

York Road Initiative

Youth Development

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Youth Development

Current and Ongoing Projects

  • An AmeriCorps VISTA was awarded to the DeWees Recreation center to help build a recreation council and sustainable after-school programming.  The AmeriCorps VISTA will begin their term of service in June, 2013.
  •  On March 23, 2013, with the help of Loyola’s SGA,  a community and university-wide volunteer day will take place.  One of the main sites will be DeWees Recreation Center.
  • The Acts4Youth program, an afterschool education program at Guilford Elementary, has extra hands and support this year due to an enhanced partnership with CCSJ and Elissa D’Abusco ’12. 

Efforts to Date

DeWees Rec Center Playground
  • A Strategic Communications class in Loyola’s MBA program is making a business plan for the DeWees Recreational Center.
  • Through Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice, we are enhancing a partnership with Acts 4 Youth at Guilford Elementary School.
  • The Loyola Athletics Department invited York Road community members to free basketball games and events on Campus during the 2011-2012 season.  The Athletics Department plans to continue the efforts in the coming 2012-2013 season.
  • With community and university support of DeWees Recreation Center in the Maxwell House Drops of Good competition, the Rec Center remains open and earned a $5,000 grant for improvements.  Efforts are underway with community and public officials to develop strong, sustainable partnerships and increased programming for the Rec Center (including a SWOT analysis from Prof. Dave Belz and MBA professional communication students).
  • Improvements to the Recreation Center were approved and completed by the city during the winter months of 2012.  The center reopened  in February of 2013 with fresh paint, facilities, and furniture.  With the help and support of Loyola's Office of Technology, computers and internet were donated and installed.