Our Place was created to fulfill
its purpose of meeting the social and recreational needs of local youth. The Youth Center's first-rate facility provides a
safe environment for youth as well as family entertainment in Monroe County's rural setting. Our Place has proven itself as
a valuable community asset and greatly enriches the quality of life. While not a profitable venture, the Youth Center provides
a needed service of which local citizens are proudly supporting to ensure its continued existence.
Efforts to establish a place for a youth center in Monroe
County began in the Spring of 1990 when a committee of youth and adults formed to determine the needs of local youth. Monroeville
was determined as the ideal location for the youth center. After a series of public meetings with local citizens, the Monroeville
City Council, Monroeville Planning Commission and Monroe County Commission came forward with the initial support. The Center
was deeded three acres of property. Meanwhile, plans for the facility were finalized to erect a 6,000 sq. ft. metal building
which includes a large multi-purpose room equipped as a movie theater and a disco. The Center was completed in 1992. The youth
center's name, Our Place, Inc., was selected in a countywide contest publicized in the local newspaper, The Monroe Journal.
Our Place, Inc. is a 501-c3 non-profit organization and is largely supported by the community and local businesses. An adult
advisory board, consisting of the board of directors, meets quarterly to oversee all aspects of the operations by the
Youth Center director and his/her staff.