North St. Petersburg Project
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. IS THE YMCA OF GREATER ST. PETERSBURG BUILDING A NEW Y IN NORTH ST. PETERSBURG?
The Association’s strategic vision to expand its services inspired comprehensive market research, identifying North St. Petersburg as a key opportunity for the Y. The proposed location of 62 Avenue NE and Pershing Street sits in a neighborhood that borders lower and higher income households, positioning our Y to bring together diverse cross- sections of the community – breaking barriers to access and promoting health equity – ensuring a high probability of the fiscal sustainability, enabling our Y to carry out its mission throughout the entire Greater St. Petersburg area.
2. WERE COMMUNITY MEMBERS ASKED FOR INPUT ON THIS POTENTIAL PROJECT?
The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has conducted extensive research to identify pressing community needs.
Needs identified by Respondents:
- Availability of services aimed at engaging the entire family
- Safe and secure community spaces with structured activities
- Support in practicing positive health habits
- Opportunities to build good character
- College or career-readiness skill support
- After school care
- Cultural arts programs
- Computer, science and tech education
- Sports Complex
- Health, Nutritional and wellness services
- Cooking and nutritional classes
- Teen mentoring
- Family Engagement opportunities
- Community partnerships
- Preschool Education
3. THE PROPERTY FOR THE PROPOSED LAND BELONGS TO THE PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD (PCSB). WHAT IS THE STATUS OF PCSB’S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE YMCA?
The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is currently a proud partner with the Pinellas County School Board. As the city’s largest school-age childcare provider, the Y delivers quality care at 22 school sites. In Sept. 2017, the YMCA and PCSB signed a Joint Development Agreement, initiating development of a mixed-use site plan, as well as the formalization of more detailed agreements ahead fundraising efforts.
4. HOW WILL THIS POTENTIAL PROJECT BE PAID FOR?
Once the size, scope, and cost of a project is determined, the Y works with the Board of Directors and volunteers to secure community support including financial gifts from individuals, private foundations, and corporations. The Y will also explore potential onsite partnerships beyond the school district.
A GREATER IMPACT
NORTH YMCA COMMUNITY:
• High population density, households with children higher than the county average
• More than a quarter of adult residents self-report that they are obese; 62% report as overweight
• 1 out of 5 adults self-report that they are physically inactive • Diabetes has steadily risen since 2004
• Hypertension and high cholesterol rates are higher than the national average • Nearly a quarter of this population reports little or no emotional support
• Community-based juvenile arrests are trending up year-over-year
Data sourced from Community Commons 2016; Dignity Health and Truven Analytics 2016; Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 2016.