Special to the Herald
NEW BRITAIN - YWCA New Britainâ€™s East Side Cmmunity Center will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at 600 East St.
The ceremony will be a symbol of the opening of this â€śplace of empowermentâ€ť for the community, said YWCA School Age Coordinator Mallory Deprey.
After the ceremony, an event promoting House of Teens - the YWCAâ€™s after-school program - will run until 6:30 p.m.
The YWCAâ€™s initiative is to expand its reach into the community and to help in â€śbuilding awarenessâ€ť by carrying out its mission to â€śeliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities,â€ť according to a written statement from the organization.
Deprey said one of the local YWCAâ€™s strongest partners is Central Connecticut State University, which helps it achieve its ultimate goal of helping children engage effectively and to understand how to find useful â€śresearch angles.â€ť
They will also be taught what it takes to be good mentors in the community, and how to positively â€śadvocate for the community.â€ť
The event will coincide with an open house. Youths who attend will get a walking tour, and members of YWCA New Britain will highlight community partnerships.
For more information about this event, or for additional information about YWCA New Britain, visit ywcanb.org or call 860-225-4681.