North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will officiate the official ribbon cutting and dedication of the Lowcountry’s first youth entrepreneurship center on May 1 at 4:00. The center will be run under the programming of Metanoia Community Development Corporation, a SC 501 c 3 nonprofit.
Metanoia CDC, located in the Chicora-Cherokee community of North Charleston, has spent the last three years renovating the 5,000 square foot building at 2021 Reynolds Ave, which was built in the 1940’s as retail space and has been shuttered since the mid- 1990s.
The Youth Entrepreneurship & Volunteer Center will house Metanoia’s high school Civic Leaders program which focuses on developing youth leadership with an emphasis on teaching entrepreneurship. The Civic Leaders will run two businesses on the first floor, screen printing and jewelry making, while the second floor will be used by out of town youth volunteer groups. This space includes dormitories for 20 volunteers, separate bedrooms for chaperones, and a full kitchen and dining area.
Plans for 2015 include a new café on the street level which will also be run by Metanoia high school students.
Metanoia Community Development Corporation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Begun by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, the organization addresses issues of poverty within the state and its neighborhoods. The organization’s innovative approach seeks to invest in community assets to create sustainable opportunities in the areas of economic development, quality, affordable housing and student leadership programs.