Meet The Team
This team is made up of wonderful people who have a heart for teenagers and are ready to walk alongside them through life! We are grateful for their service and hours they put in outside of the regular programming hours!
Chairman of the board
In 1999 three juniors at East Noble High School had a dream of starting a place where students could hang out in a fun and safe environment. They began to search for a place to create this space and were pointed to a scrap yard. They quickly gained momentum and got many teens and adults involved to clear the scrap, rebuild walls, knock down buildings, and completely renovate what was sitting there at that time. The three were Matt Troyer, Nathan Hamlin, and Tyler Ward. They named the youth center, The Wreck.
The Wreck became known as a place for concerts. The concerts were so well attended that they had to make additional parking on a small plot of land they owned on the other side of the street. Battle of the bands became a big thing, so big that they would get bands from Chicago traveling to play in Kendallville.
As the three graduated, they passed on the reigns to new students. The Wreck became less of a concert hall over time and more of an after school program where students get help in academics, attend big events, and participate in superbowl parties and other large gatherings.
Over time, there were a few different people who stepped in as the director of The Wreck; it was even led by the board of directors for some time too.
In February of 2017, Logan Conley was voted in as the Executive Director with plans to renovate and remodel as well as develop mentoring and youth development programs. The Wreck is now known as The Crew Youth Center!
Our Mission & Values
“The Crew Youth Center exists to foster youth development through relationship, education, and experience, while modeling the love of Jesus Christ!”
Much of our youth development will be based on the 40 Developmental Assets For Adolescents
Core Values of The Crew:
Fun- We will have fun and celebrate big steps in a student’s life
Equipping- We will help students recognize their gifts and walk alongside them to develop those gift
Acceptance- We will love students where they are at
Relevant- We will be culturally relevant in every way; this includes changing often
Safety- We will ensure the safety of students and volunteers at all times
Service- We will give back to the community and train students to serve in the areas they are passionate about
Relational- We will always choose relationships over programming
Truth- We will always hold the Word of God as our authority, allowing it to be the center of everything we do