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ProYouth To Bring New Programs to Wittman

The Wittman Community Center will soon have a new tenant, as the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a five-year agreement with ProYouth for the operation and maintenance of the Center.

With Proteus choosing to opt out of their contract with the City for operation of the Wittman Community Center, proposals were accepted from the community.  A proposal was received from Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias and ProYouth and after a complete evaluation from a review committee,ProYouth was selected to operate and maintain the Center.

“PROYOUTH’s program approach involves working with several community partners to provide programs, services and education in the areas of Health & Wellbeing, College & Career Pathways in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and Leadership Development,” shared Jeannie Greenwood, City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Director.

ProYouth proposes to initially operate the minimum number of hours required in the Request for Proposal, from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday when school is not in session.

City Council asked the City Manager and staff to look at the repair and maintenance needs of the facility in addition to a new cooling system for an area of the Center currently without.

Basic contract terms include the implementation of a five-year agreement where ProYouth will provide youth programs and services at the Center and will be responsible for facility maintenance.

"They have plans to extend operational hours throughout the term of the agreement with the goal of providing programs and services between the hours of 2 – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday when school is in session and from 12 – 8 p.m. during school recess,” added Greenwood. “ProYouth also plans to add Saturdays from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. They look forward to coming into the Center and starting a new chapter and serving this area of Visalia.”

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