Metanoia opens youth entrepreneurship center in North Charleston

By Ashley Barker
Published May 1, 2014

Metanoia Community Development Corp. has spent the past three years renovating a 5,000-square-foot facility in North Charleston, and it’s now ready to become a youth entrepreneurship center.

The 2021 Reynolds Ave. facility, which was built in the 1940s as a retail space and has been empty since the mid-1990s, will house the Youth Entrepreneurship & Volunteer Center and Metanoia’s Civic Leaders program for high school students, according to a news release.

The Civic Leaders program will run screen-printing and jewelry-making businesses on the first floor, and the second floor will be used by out-of-town youth volunteer groups. There will also be space for 20 volunteer dormitories, separate bedrooms for chaperones, and a full kitchen and dining area, the release said.

A new cafe on the street level, run by Metanoia high school students, is also in the works for 2015.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will host a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the center at 4 p.m., today.

Metanoia, located in the Chicora-Cherokee community of North Charleston, is a nonprofit organization that addresses issues of poverty within the state and its neighborhoods.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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