Helena Rodriguez, who previously served as a volunteer President of the Yorktown Teen Center's Board of Directors, has been hired to filled the part-time position of executive director of the center.
In her role, Rodriguez will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the center, managing fundraising and special events, recruiting, training, and supervising the Teen Center's staff and volunteers, and representing the teen center at community events.
"Rodriguez brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to this new position from her prior role," the Center's current president Adriana Beaudreault said. "In addition, she has many years of professional experience in youth education, development, and social services."
Rodriguez, who works as a behavior specialist and helps schools implement Positive Behavior Interventions Supports (PBIS), said she hopes to create varied programing to reach the different segments of youth in the community, as well as to hire a youth director to help provide continuity to teens who attend the Center.
She was president at the Teen Center for four years but retired this year because she felt it was time for someone else to shine.
"After I 'retired' I felt I still wanted to work for the center," she said of her decision to take on the executive director job. "The [Yorktown Teen Center] gets addicting. It was hard to go 'cold turkey.' The teens that go there are fun to watch learn and grow. We have some interesting conversations about school."
The Yorktown Teen Center is a non-profit organization that was established in August 2009. Its mission is to provide safe, positive, enriching, fun, supervised programs for teens.
The center is located in room 102 at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street in Yorktown.
For more information about the center or other upcoming events visit their website www.yorktowntc.org or email email@example.com.