“This Place Lightens Their Day:” The Richmond Neighborhood Center’s Richmond Branch Library Hub

Argishti at DCYF’s District 1 Family Summit in 2019
10/5/20 open date; 12 staff; 28 youth enrolled; 1,648 meals served

A Day at the Hub

Our Hub serves 3 pods of students ranging from 2nd grade to 8th grade. While we operate in the Richmond District, our students can come from many different parts of the city. Each day staff come in and have a lot to do: set up the classroom and activities; greet students and check them in; prepare and provide food service; and check in as a team.

Providing a Sense of Home

A lot of people focus on academics, but in the hub our young people are also improving socially. Many of our young people and their families are going through hard times right now, and the outside world has a lot of threats, but this place lightens their day, and this is reflected back in academic performance.

My favorite part of the hub is playing with the staff — board games and card games. If I were at home, I would just be bored. Being at the hub makes me feel like part of a community, like a second home. It’s like summer camp, except there’s school. The staff have really helped me study for exams, tests, homework, and projects.

Marco, 6th grader at Roosevelt Middle School

District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan, City Librarian Michael Lambert, and staff from the Richmond District YMCA Community Hub visit Richmond Neighborhood Center’s Richmond Branch Library Hub

Argishti, what song motivates you to continue to serve our communities as we struggle and grind through the pandemic?

Queen, “We Are The Champions”

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