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The AACC offers a broad spectrum of service and opportunities tailored to the needs and interest of our youth where they can learn new skills, develop important competencies and establish healthy supportive relationships with peers and adults. Our programs provide meaningful relationships, a sense of belonging, self esteem, self-identity, leadership skills, self-initiative, positive time management and conflict resolution. These programs include, but not limited to:

The staff of the Ardmore Avenue Community Center is committed and act as vigorous advocates for and with our youth.

Studies have shown that one key factor in a young person’s resiliency is a supportive, mentoring relationship with a non-related adult, which can be a staff person from a youth organization. Even under the most adverse living conditions, relationships between children and adults, which are supportive, continuous, and of substantial intensity, can provide youth with the high expectations, attention, and guidance that they need to grow up healthy.

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A Brief History of the Center

Ardmore Avenue Community Center History

Ardmore Avenue Community Center History

The Ardmore Avenue Community Center was organized in 1968 through the efforts of a group of visionary, community minded residents responding to the serious need for a youth center to serve the approximately 500 families in the area. By 1970 the corps of backers had grown to include the Ardmore Progressive Civic Association and other Lower Merion Township leaders. After negotiating with the Township, permission was secured to use a building conveniently situated in Ardmore adjacent to the Ardmore Avenue Playground (now the Vernon V. Young Memorial Playground). The site was ideal. The Center was called the Soul Shack.

The dreams of many Ardmore residents and community representatives became a reality when the Township of Lower Merion approved the development of a new facility to replace the existing Soul Shack Youth Center. In 1977, with government funding, a new Ardmore Avenue Community Center was erected with over 7100 square feet of space. This occasion not only represented the addition of a new facility for the youth of Ardmore, but it marked the beginning of a unique relationship between the Township of Lower Merion and the representatives of the Non Profit organization called the Soul Shack. The Township and the Soul Shack Community Board agreed to enter into a written agreement that would provide the necessary framework to insure the continuation and improvement of meaningful life experience for the residents of Ardmore.

The primary objective of the written agreement between the two parties is to provide a meaningful and productive Community Center for the youth and adult population of the Ardmore Community. The agreement developed represents a mutual understanding and commitment of both parties to accomplish these objectives.

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Our Staff

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Linda grew up in the old Shack under Director William Holland. She has worked on Ardmore Avenue since 1978 in various capacities such as Playground Supervisor with Vernon Young, Day Camp Recreational Specialist, Tutor, Volunteer, etc. In 1988 she became Program Coordinator, under Director Thomas Gaskins. Her favorite program will always be “A New Beginning” drill team. “That team was exceptional! Pound for pound, they were unstoppable” and could successfully compete against the best! Linda became Director in December 2001.

A lifelong resident of Ardmore and graduate of Lower Merion High School, Linda completed 178 credit hours in Physical Education at Delaware State University and received a B.S in Recreation from Cheyney State University. She realized she would rather work with youth in a place they wanted to be rather than a place where they had to be.  She also received a Municipal Leadership Certificate from Penn State University and a Fundraising Certificate from Villanova University.  Additional training includes:

Building assets in Youth * Successful Communication * Pharmacology of Commonly Abused Substances in Adolescents * Project Management Team * Safe Schools: Conflict Management Anger Control & Violence * Team building Skills * Advanced Project Management * Team Principles of Supervision * Grassroots Fundraising * Starting a Development Plan *Proposal Writing A-Z * Employment Liability * The Effective Supervisor’s Toolkit * Effective Facilitation Skills * Best Positive Youth Development Supervisor’s Course * Public Entity Risk Management * Developing Your Resources * Financial Management for Non Financial Professionals

Linda is the proud mother of one son, Jai   (Howard University Class of 2010).  Grandmother of Falani  Corrinthos and Great-grandmother to Maximus “Zeus” Corrinthos  and Anakin Hans Solo Corrinthos.

Linda is a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, where she serves as a Trustee, and member of the Nurses, Scholarship, Nominating, and Pastor’s Aide Ministries.

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Crystal became Program Assistant at the Ardmore Avenue Community Center May 1, 2002. During this time she revamped the “SISTAZ” program and developed “Lil Sis”.

With an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Crystal will continue her educational path at Eastern College Fall 2009 to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree.

Crystal’s work with children/youth began as a bus driver for Radnor School District for 8 years. Working with young people became her passion. She went on to work for Upper Darby School District working as a 7th grade special education teacher’s assistant before moving on to Administrative Assistant for two principals in the District. During this time she was working part time for the Township of Lower Merion’s Recreation Department as Park Supervisor of Vernon Young Park with Mike Holland.

Currently residing in Drexel Hill, Crystal has been married for 20 years to Donald Uter. She is the proud mother of three: Desha, 28 (Millersville University Class of 2004), Drew, 23 (Assistant Manager of Leslie’s Pool Supplies), and Nicole, 22 (Millersville Class of 2010). The birth of her grandchildren Jaelyn 5, and Kiley 8 months,  has inspired her dream of one day opening her own Early Child Care Center.

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Larry has been Program Coordinator at the Center since February 2002. Larry has been instrumental in bringing new programs to the Center, most notably L.I.G.H.T. and the Wildcats Traveling Team. He has also revitalized the Summer Basketball League.

Larry attended Spring Garden College (now closed), temple and Philadelphia Community College acquiring a degree in Real Estate.

He’s worked with youth for over 30 years, initially volunteering as a basketball coach at the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club.  It didn’t take him long to realize working with children was his passion.  A career change was eminent.  He was eventually employed by the Boys & Girls Club of America where he worked for 16 years.  Positions ranged from Program Worker to Athletic Director.  Larry then became a Race Relations Counselor with the Woodstock Organization where he was contracted to work with the School District of Philadelphia.

An accomplished saxophonist, Larry has played in Detroit and Indiana, but primarily performs in North and Southeastern part of the country.  He’s recorded a Contemporary Gospel CD.  He’s played at a number of large venues, such as the Borgatta in Atlantic City where he opened up for Chaka Khan.

Larry is married to the beautiful Chanel and the proud father of 2 sons and a  daughter.

An ordained minister, Larry is dedicated to his church, Haven of Hope Ministries located in Chester, PA where he serves as a Sunday School Teacher and plays with the Music Ministry.

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“If we are to reach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with children.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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