YMCA to unveil new plans for Youth Innovation Center

Skylar Rispens

The Missoula Family YMCA will unveil plans next Thursday for its new Youth Innovation Center, which will house a science and technology center, e-gaming lab and a digital arts studio next year.

The new center was made possible through Spectrum’s Digital Education Grant Program, in which the YMCA received $30,000. The donation from Spectrum was made in support of the YMCA’s $15 million Here for Good capital campaign, which seeks to revitalize the Russell Street campus.

“With more than 7,000 western Montana kids utilizing the campus regularly, building a new Youth Innovation Center to increase access to high-quality, out-of-school learning experiences and expand our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming is an exciting component of our campus revitalization project,” said Heather Foster, Missoula Family YMCA CEO.

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The Youth Innovation Center will house the YMCA’s programs in computer literacy and coding, as well as early engineering, consumer sciences, arts and digital media for teens and adolescents.

In anticipation of the new center, the YMCA is working with the local technology sector, the University of Montana and local robotics teams to design a makerspace, teaching

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