Middle Schoolers Have New After-School Hangout At Milagro Center


Staff report

Middle school aged Milagro Center students now have a place of their own.

The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Milagro Junior Teen Center opened its door last month with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Located at 346 S.W. 6th Ave., adjacent to the teen center, this building will cater to the needs of the tweens with after-school programming, tutoring, mentoring and cultural arts enrichment.

The center will also host summer, winter and spring break camps.

Inside, there are dedicated spaces for learning, music and dance.

“It’s just beautiful and beyond our dreams,” said Barbara Stark, President and CEO at Milagro Center.

The Milagro Center now has three buildings to serve all ages of at risk children.

“Our long-time dream of a dedicated middle school center has become a reality,” Stark said. “The new Junior Teen Center will focus on the needs of 6-8 graders and provide a vital bridge between our S.T.A.R.S. (K through 5th) and Teen Leadership (9th through 12th) programs. Milagro Center now has three key centers to ensure that each and every one of our students achieves success in school – and in life!”

The junior teen center was made possible thanks to Virginia and Harvey Kimmel, who committed a challenge grant last year. Thanks to DPR Construction, the build out was made possible.

Stark said the new Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Milagro Junior Teen Center will help Milagro Center fulfill its mission of providing the community’s most at-risk and most deserving children and youth with award-winning, success-building programs.

“Now, middle school students will be able to benefit from art, dance, music, technology, sports and other programs. Most importantly, they will gain the camaraderie and confidence to grow into successful, self-driven adults,” she said.

Stark also announced a new initiative to raise $350,000— the Miracle-O-Meter. Milagro means miracle in Spanish.