New Leader for Youth, Teen & Family Programs!

Charles Gordon has accepted a position with the Greater Peoria Family YMCA as the new Director of Youth, Teen and Family Programs. He will look to develop and implement meaningful social, recreational and educational programs that will help to engage, empower and educate members of the community.

Charles’ mission is to serve as a leader, coach and mentor, while helping others reach their goals and realize their full potential.  He believes that if you can provide real opportunities to your community, you’ll see a positive change in both the individuals, and families within.

In his previous role at the Ottumwa Job Corps Center, Charles worked as a Center Duty Officer, Student Government Advisor and Basketball Coach, supervising over 300 at risk students ranging from ages 16-24. In his roles, Charles provided countless volunteer opportunities, leadership training and leadership opportunities for the entire student body. Working with these students Charles learned first hand that with a structured environment, supportive staff, and various opportunities, the positive impact made a huge difference on the students lives. The most fulfilling part of this job for Charles was seeing students from troubled situation learn to adjust to structure, to be accountable and to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them; these opportunities then led the students to earn a trade certificate and/or graduating from high school and college.

Charles is a graduate of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy and is certified in Mental Health First Aid, and First Aid CPR/ AED. Charles holds a B.A. in Business Management, with a minor in Sports Management from Concordia University Chicago.

Our vision is to have a healthy menu of youth sports, teen and family engagement programs throughout the entire year. Charles’s athletic background, outgoing personality and passion to strengthen community will serve our members well. Congratulations Charles, your new Y family is happy to have you join the team and eager to support you in this new journey!


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