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New Youth Center Opens Doors for Brighter Futures

For some time, the small, quaint community of Snowbird, part of the Cherokee lands, was isolated to the point it was forgotten at times. However, the community of Snowbird can no longer be overlooked. A brand new, 15,000 square foot facility, entitled the Snowbird Youth Center, was opened by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in mid July to give home to Boys & Girls Clubs of Cherokee Snowbird Unit. The new facility was constructed on nearly 20 acres of land that the tribe is leasing from the U.S. Forest Service nearby for the next 25 years.

“It's an amazing day for the community and the county,” said Wanda Blythe, as reported by Cherokee One Feather. Blythe, the Snowbird Youth Center Manager, continued on to say, “It is a wonderful facility. It is beautiful. I am just so thrilled for these kids to have something they can call their own.”

While it has taken many years to complete the new youth center, it is one that does not go unappreciated or unrecognized. In fact, local officials and community members gathered together for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new beginnings that are made possible through the opening of the youth center. Many community members that gathered for the event reminisced about times past and spoke of the opportunities that are now available for the kids.

Cherokee County - Snowbird Representative Adam Wachacha explained, “… eight years ago, this land we are standing on was just an old Forest Service road… the idea of a Boys & Girls Club was only a dream.”

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Club of Cherokee and the new Snowbird Youth Center for fulfilling dreams and creating opportunities for the kids within the community!