J.B. Young Opportunity Center
The J.B. Young Opportunity Center was created following the closure of J.B. Young as a K-8 school at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. The Davenport Community Schools decided to use the first floor of the facility to house services that would be assets for the neighborhood
In order to learn about the services and opportunities that would best serve families who live in the neighborhood, the Davenport Community Schools asked for feedback from various groups including neighborhood residents, students who recently attended J. B. Young School, and Hilltop Business owners. The results of those conversations revealed many similarities in the services requested by the different groups. Some of those desires included a teen center, a preschool, use of the gym for basketball and other team sports, and homework help for students, to name a few.
The district sent out Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to a range of organizations who would be able to address the needs mentioned and perhaps others as well. The superintendent then asked for neighborhood volunteers to serve on a committee to review the RFPs and identify those organizations that they believed would best meet the needs of the neighborhood residents.
Currently, seven organizations and programs are tenants of the J.B. Young Opportunity Center (1st floor of the building). Organizations include:
- Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley
- Safer Foundation QC
- ProStart Culinary Arts
- The Davenport Community Food Pantry
- The Davenport School Museum
To volunteer at the Davenport Community Food Pantry please sign up here:
The renovations for common spaces on the first floor of the building began in 2016-2017 and are nearing completion. Employee parking and green space are located on the north side of the building.