The Six Points Innovation Center
GRand opening June 6th from 6-8 at 3001 meadowbridge road, rva
Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC) is a newly renovated 4,000 square-foot building located at 3001 Meadowbridge Road in Highland Park that is a safe, fully- programmed teen center where neighborhood youth have access to innovative programming in the arts, urban ecology, education assistance, public media, public history, and advocacy.
As an engaging hub of community revitalization, youth activity and non-profit collaboration, 6PIC fills a gap in afterschool programming, providing resources , and education for neighborhood teens, while encouraging them to become Changemakers for their community.
Funding for the renovation of the Boaz & Ruth-owned building was made possible by a Community Innovation Grant from the Robins Foundation, awarded in 2015, and construction was overseen by Tekton Builders. The space was designed by neighborhood youth with the assistance of volunteers from Baskervill, Glave & Holmes, and BCWH Architects.
Multiple non-profit organizations, who have been engaged for more than six years in the Highland Park community, will employ an intentional co-locational strategy at 6PIC to offer a variety of youth programs, including the creation of a youth council called, the Changemakers. The partner organizations behind 6PIC include Storefront for Community Design, Saving Our Youth, Groundwork RVA, ART180, Boaz & Ruth, the Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Community Preservation and Development Corporation. The youth-serving organizations that will create 6 PIC programming include:
Storefront for Community Design
Storefront pairs community design needs with volunteer design professionals and will spearhead architecture and design education with the youth at 6PIC. Additionally, Storefront will manage Storefront Studio which offers a creative way to engage, educate and empower young people to both learn and tell their own community stories through public media and public history projects. Youth will have access to a recording booth and field recording kits that provide hands on learning.
Ryan Rinn, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelley Libby, Co-Creator of Storefront Studio email@example.com
Free Engufemi, Co-Creator of Storefront Studio firstname.lastname@example.org
Saving Our Youth
Saving Our Youth seeks to keep youth on track toward a positive future in school and in the workforce. At 6PIC, Saving Our Youth offers high school and college assistance programming for youth in addition to employment assistance and professional training.
Jo White, Executive Director email@example.com
Groundwork RVA works with Richmond youth to design and build vibrant community spaces. At 6PIC Groundwork RVA's Green Team and Green Workforce programs will connect youth through service and green-collar job training with the natural and urban environment.
Giles Harnesberger, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
ART 180 creates and provides art-related programs for young people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression. At 6PIC, ART 180 works with local artists to provide multi-week after school programs that allow young people to discover ways they can positively engage in and influence their surroundings.
Taekia Glass, Program Director email@example.com
The Changemakers Council is a leadership group of elected teens representing each 6PIC program. This council will drive a youth-led community agenda for Highland Park and shape the vision for the Six Points Innovation Center.
Hours of Operation
Beginning June 7, 2016 , 6PIC will be open to the public from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. After-hours and weekend operations will be specific to youth programming and events.
Homework assistance will be offered between 3:00pm -5:00 pm two to three days per week.