As it prepares to open, a new local recreation center is looking for residents who want to lend a helping hand by working with area youth.

The 6-11 Recreational Center will host a meeting Monday and invites mentors, teachers and volunteers interested in working with the children who will be using the facility once it opens.

The Center, located in what used to be a Mexican food restaurant at 304 E. Rancier Ave., will open next month and features a lounge, movie room, computers, pool tables and other games.

Jessica Tolbert, who developed the idea for the center with her business partner, Ingrid Pemberton, said the two hope to offer classes, tutoring and other activities for children who use the center.

Tolbert said the goal is to give local children a place to go after school where they can have fun in a safe and supervised environment. Another one of the center’s goals is to provide programs and activities to build leadership skills in the city’s youth.

Tolbert, owner of Phase 1 Barber & Beauty Salon in Harker Heights, will hold the meeting and grand opening for the center, set to open Oct. 6, despite having two identified people break one of the center’s windows Sept. 18.

No other damage was done to the building. Tolbert said the window is being fixed.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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