Echo Project reaching out to kids

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Echo Project reaching out to kids

AMHERST - Youth and teens looking for a good time can't do much better than visit the Echo Project Youth Centre on the second floor of the Cumberland YMCA.
The centre, which has been open since October, has been a magnet for young people who want to have some fun.
"We have air hockey, fooseball, two computers and a TV with a video game system, and we have a table where the kids can do their homework if they want," Charlene MacDonald, the youth and teen and activities manager at the YMCA, said.
The centre is open to primary school kids from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and for kids in grades 7 to 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Facilities at the YMCA like the Echo Project Youth Centre are made possible through donations, such as the air hockey table, and through the Strong Kids fundraising campaign.
"We have paid staff who came up through the Y," MacDonald said. "They are young enough to be able to relate to the kids who use the facility."
Basketball, swimming and ball hockey camps are also organized from the facility.
"The centre has a capacity of 15 people," MacDonald said. "It's a great place for kids to come after school."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: YMCA, Strong Kids

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