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Gerdon Youth Center names past member as new director

Gerdon Youth Center names past member as new director
Gerdon Youth Center names past member as new director
Jennifer Best

As the new interim executive director at the Gerdon Youth Center, Jennifer Best said there are two parts to her job. One requires administrative know-how, and the other requires a more personal knowledge of GYC, its clients and programs.
‘Anyone taking the job is going to have to learn one or the other,’ she said.
‘Probably the most experience I have is with the programs and the kids.’
While the 25-year-old Butler University elementary education graduate has limited professional experience, she has had a close relationship with GYC from the start.
‘I was brought in as a volunteer before the center opened in 1997 and was a member of the first Youth Council,’ she said.
She soon outgrew membership, but after graduating high school she returned almost every year to work as a recreational assistant during the summer.
Best takes the place of Leigh Ann Loggins who resigned in December in her seventh month at GYC’s helm.
During the next six months, Best said she and the board of Furthering Youth Inc., which oversees GYC, will decide if she and the center are a good fit for one another.
‘Being part of the youth center for so many years, I have a lot invested in the building. They wanted someone who knew the building, the programs and the kids,’ she said.
‘She brings a lot of energy, passion and vision,’ said Melissa Jackson, FYI president. ‘It is nice to have her back in Corydon.’
A Corydon native, Best moved to Indianapolis while attending college. There she worked with both the Indiana Youth Institute and Indiana Youth Services Association. Her parents are former educators Ralph and Sharron Best of Corydon.
During the upcoming months, Best said she plans to make sure the existing programs are solid, new program possibilities are explored, and she hopes to see membership reach a new high.