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Encounter Youth Marks 10 Years


The Encounter Youth Center in downtown Duluth tomorrow celebrates a big anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., 10 years to the day from its inception. A comedy event and fundraiser will follow on Sunday at Clyde Iron Works.

The center, operated by Youth for Christ, opened as a place for young people to interact in a positive and safe environment; the 38,000 square-feet building houses an indoor skate park, two concert venues and a full gymnasium.

The center has seen more than 100,000 young people pass through its doors since it opened, and receives about 600 visits per year. It also seeks to raise another $200,000 in the next couple of months to pay the remaining debt on the building, at which point resources would focus solely on programs for young people and operations.

Both events are open to the public. Tickets for the Encounter Comedy Cafe on Sunday -- from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- are $25 and go to support programming at the center.