2017 looks promising with the hire of a new director for the Los Alamos and White Rock Youth Activity Centers.
The Los Alamos Family Council has hired Jordan Redmond to lead the charge and oversee a variety of improvements to the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center, which will take place starting this week.
“While I have worked with youth in both church and school settings, never before have I felt a room be so energized by students who are playing games, learning to interact positively with other children and adults, decompressing from a busy day at school, seeking help on homework, and demonstrating their creativity through arts and crafts,” Redmond said. “Being able to harness this energy and guide youth in their personal development is highly rewarding.”
Redmond comes to the Youth Activity Centers with a background that includes, time at the YAC as an Aspen Tiger, New Mexico Military Institute, Los Alamos Police Department and a stop at UNM-LA. He is currently working on his doctoral studies through Grand Canyon University with a goal to complete his requirements by the summer of 2018.
The Youth Activity Centers have provided free after school activities for kids in 3rd to 8th grade, since 1983.
“My assumption of this role has been the first change to leadership since the program started,” Redmond said. “I am hoping to hold tight to the traditions that are most valuable to the youth while looking to leverage my knowledge and personality to start a new era to further meet the needs of our children.”
The work of the Youth Activity Centers is based in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, which have identified traits and experiences all youth need to become successful adults. The YACs provide these opportunities to more than 100 youth each week.
During the winter break, the Los Alamos location of the Youth Activity Center will be closed for renovations. Until the temporary location opens, services are available at their White Rock location next to the new library.
Once the remodel is complete, it will enable Redmond and his staff to better serve the youth who participate in the program and offer a more welcoming and warm environment.
“The current facility has remained mostly unchanged since I was a kid,” Redmond said. “Needless to say, an update will be most welcome and we’re thankful to have a space where we can meet the needs of so many youth.”
Redmond and wife Blair have two children, 2-and-a-half-year-old son Severus and daughter Edelweiss, born in September.
“Watching my children grow has been so exciting and fascinating,” Redmond said.
The Los Alamos YAC will be closed through Sunday Jan. 8. The White Rock YAC will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Friday Jan. 6.
The new temporary Los Alamos location will resume hours when school resumes Jan. 9. The temporary location is at 1911 20th St., upstairs, look for the sign. Information is available by calling 505.672.1565.