Yvette Yeboah-Schools grew up in the City of Rockville’s recreation and parks programs. She is now the supervisor of the Lincoln Park Community Center at 357 Frederick Ave. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better and learn more about her role.
What’s it like heading up a community center?
As supervisor, I am responsible for intermediate professional and administrative work involving day-to-day management and supervision of a community center. I supervise a full-time assistant, 17-20 part-time staff and a host of volunteers. I work closely with the program staff and other department staff to facilitate coordination of center usage and programming. I also work as a team member with staff from other departments to ensure smooth coordination of facility management and services. Since the center is open seven days a week, you may find me here some evenings, weekends and holidays.
When did you join the city?
I began volunteering in high school with Rockville’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Once I was of age to apply for a part-time position, I was selected to join the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, working at summer camps, then began working during the school year. I attended Towson University, majoring in sociology and social work with a minor in art. On graduating, I was offered a full-time position with the Department of Recreation and Parks and worked my way up and, 23 years later, the rest is history.
What is it like being in charge of a community center at the heart of a historic community like Lincoln Park?
It’s truly an honor to be part of the Lincoln Park community. I’m thankful to serve a proud and special place in Rockville, one with such a rich and beautiful history. As I enter the facility each day, I walk by the many faces on the wall that poured into this amazing community, and I’m reminded of the path they paved before me. Sometimes, I can’t believe this is my job. Having grown up in this community, participating in the community center as a youth and enjoying the many programs, it’s truly rewarding to give back to a great Rockville community that helped shape me into the person I am today.
What does your position entail?
As a community center supervisor, I juggle many duties at once. When the doors open, I ensure the facility is safe for all who step on the grounds. Day-to-day operations include handling rentals, year-round programming, memberships, special events, open gym, registrations and anything that may come up. I wear many hats, including being a mentor, counselor, social worker, nurse, chef, teacher, after-school childcare provider, life coach and more. With over 32,000 visitors annually and nearly 600 activities/programs, special events and classes offered, we are often the first call for many seeking the city’s services and beyond. Being here for the community is very important to me.
Is there something else we should know about the facility?
First opened in 1968, the center is a special place for people of all ages. We offer programs for beginners to advanced. When you’re here, you feel the pride and sense of community. I’m thankful for all who have mentored, supported and encouraged me along the way. To those who’ve worked with me at LPCC, thank you for all you gave and continue to give to this special place.
In spring, we’re slated for a renovation to help us meet the ever-growing needs of the community. If you’ve never been to LPCC, come visit — we’d love to have you. See you soon!