Salvation Army Youth Center for Latchkey Kids
Myra Janco Daniels, Chair, The Salvation Army Capital Campaign
Research shows that there is a very large number of students living in Collier County who don't have a place to go after school. The need is further demonstrated by the high number of students on Free or Reduced lunch at local schools.
With this in mind, the Salvation Army has partnered with Daniels and other members of the community to construct a new learning facility aimed at serving these "latchkey" kids by offering computer labs, classrooms and athletic facilities to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Myra Janco Daniels serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors and the Capital Campaign. "I don't think anybody can retire from living, and I really believe that everybody has a responsibility to make the place they live in a little bit better," she says.
With a recent gift of $2.2M from Janet Cohen, the facility took a giant step forward financially. In honor of Harvey and Fran's daughter, the center has officially been named the Fran Cohen Youth Center.
The Salvation Army plans to open the 21,000 square-foot facility with athletic facilities, technology labs, creative arts classes, and a variety of other learning spaces, in 2014.
Anyone interested in assisting with the project can Contact Myra Janco Daniels.