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Dancers from Virginia Avenue Park celebrate the Grand Opening of the Pico Youth Family Center (PYFC) The new center will provide a DSL internet connected computers, a tutoring center for the youth to study, and a small recording studio equipped with two turntables and a beat machine.

They will also provide counselors with Saint Johns Child and Family Development Center. (photo by Ray Solano)

Dancers from Virginia Avenue Park on Saturday celebrate the grand opening of the new Pico Youth and Family Center, which relocated to a bigger building adjacent to Santa Monica High School. The center, which was created in 2002 in response to an increase in gang violence, provides kids with a place to do homework, surf the Internet, and record music in a studio with two turntables and a beat machine. “We like being here and helping out. It’s a place where we are always comfortable,” Samohi senior Jasmine Mier said of the center.