The proposed Hayward Youth and Family Center is intended to be a catalyst project for South Hayward and it residents. The site, 680 W. Tennyson Rd, is situated in the center of the Tennyson Corridor and placed next to a large park and the Matt Jimenez Center for Boys and Girls. Integration and cooperation with the Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) and the City of Hayward will allow youth and families access to the parklands, a skate park, gymnasium, and commercial kitchen and open the way for mutually beneficial partnerships to serve the community.
The center would provide services which would include but are not limited to:
- Pediatric Clinic which includes dental
- Alameda County Office of Education Community School
- Behavioral Health counseling services
- Early childhood development center and day care for infants and toddlers
- Job training programs and education
- A potential arts and cultural component
- Computer clubhouse
- Numerous youth educational and vocational assistance programs
- Potential meeting space, which is currently very limited
In October 2012, Supervisor Valle launched the Tennyson Corridor Initiative to assess/explore how to better serve the needs of the South Hayward community. Data provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department demonstrated the need for local investment in the community; view the data from the May 8, 2014 town hall presentation. From community town halls to facilitated stakeholder group meetings, the plan evolved to continue the idea the City of Hayward previously had and build a new center at the site. The project has secured a $5 million grant from Kaiser Foundation and a $9.6 million contribution from Alameda County toward its construction costs. A Steering Committee made up of community stakeholders and City and County officials has been meeting to advance the project through the planning phase and into construction.