Mountain View teens will discuss their struggles with gangs and violence during a press conference on Saturday afternoon in an effort to rally support for a new state-of-the-art teen center on Escuela Avenue — this time in a newly acquired church there.
The city purchased a church at 263 Escuela Ave. late last month, and Peninsula Interfaith Action, an advocacy group, says they want the property to be turned into a new center.
To gain support for the idea, members of Youth Motivated for Action and Involvement, a subgroup of Peninsula Interfaith Action, will hold a press conference on Saturday, July 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the former teen center at 298 Escuela Ave.
Members of the group say they have been pushing the City Council to approve plans for a new teen center for three years. Local youth need a place to hang out after school and on the weekends, they say, especially in light of the gang- and drug-related murders last year.
Council members rejected plans earlier this year to use the city's Senior Center as a teen center at night.
Peninsula Interfaith Action members plan to meet with local elected officials in a second public meeting on July 30 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 582 Hope Street.