Armory Youth Project kicks off search for new executive director

The Armory Youth Project recently announced that the organization has begun a search to hire a new executive director with a goal of filling the position by early spring. (News Advocate file photo)

The Armory Youth Project recently announced that the organization has begun a search to hire a new executive director with a goal of filling the position by early spring. (News Advocate file photo)

MANISTEE — The Armory Youth Project board of directors recently announced that the organization has begun a search to fill the executive director position.

The role was previously held by Robert Carpenter, who accepted a position in Vermont working for a national non profit organization.

Eileen Postma, Armory board president, said the search has begun and the board is excited to identify the next executive director, a process which is anticipated to be completed by early spring.

“The search process we expect to take two to three months from beginning to end, and we’re already a few weeks into it,” she said. “We’ve had some interest already, people have heard about it and were interested in it but we’re going to wait and see what comes in and go from there.”

Although the face of the organization will be changing, Postma said the mission of the non profit group will remain unchanged: providing a safe environment where students can build community and be encouraged in their educational, emotional, physical and Christian spiritual development.

“We’re moving forward with everything that (Carpenter) started, and we’re still following our mission and vision which has stayed the same,” she said.

In the first full year of operation, the Armory Youth Project has offered free after school and summer programming including homework help and tutoring, art projects, basketball and dodgeball, Seed to Save community gardening project, special drug free evening parties and resume assistance.

Although it has been a major transition to secure a new executive director, Postma said student programs have not been disrupted with the help of staff and volunteers.

“Because we have a really fantastic base of volunteers, they are doing fine,” she said. “All of the programs are still running and new programs are being added, so everything is running as usual.”

The Armory Youth Project recently completed a commercial kitchen renovation enabling them to offer cooking classes as well as nutritious, low-cost snacks and meals.

Postma said the Armory plans to implement additional programs and services that will benefit students in the community.

“We would also like to see what our new director would like to implement and bring to the table,” she said.

A full job description and information pertaining to the Armory Youth Project may be found at www.armoryyouthproject.com.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and required one-page cover letter no later than Jan. 11 electronically to ayppersonnel@gmail.com or by mail to 555 First St., Manistee, MI 49660 and addressed to Armory Youth Project, Attn: Executive Director Search Committee.

“Selecting another capable replacement to work with our board of directors, students, staff and volunteers will be key to our continued success,” said Postma.

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