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Vacant building being renovated for youth center

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Renovations and improvements continue in what used to be a vacant building in the Shawnee neighborhood at 41st and Market.

The group wrapped up another day prepping a new youth center for area teens Wednesday.  It's not a city-funded project and it isn't affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club.

Instead, City Life Shawnee is a non-profit, faith-based organization aiming to provide mentoring, counseling and leadership opportunities for at-risk teenagers.

City Life Shawnee is an affiliate of Youth for Christ, a national organization with a chapter in the Louisville-Southern Indiana area.

Organizers are preparing for a grand opening October 11. "There are more than 1,800 teens and children that need a leader and a mentor right now. That's why we're here and proud to be part of the fabric in this neighborhood," Director Chad Rehnberg said.

City leaders are optimistic about the new group, too. "This is about rejuvenation. It's about bringing this neighborhood back," District 5 Metro Council Member Cheri Bryant Hamilton said.

The urban ministry location will also provide support for teen parents and job training.

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