Art center to transform old train depot 

One of the last remaining structures of San Francisco’s old electric railway will soon be the setting for a new program aimed at providing meaningful employment for The City’s youths.

The Geneva Car Barn and Power House, built in 1901 as part of the San Mateo Railroad, is in the midst of being transformed into a community center for local artists, and starting next summer, San Francisco teenagers will have a chance to earn a paycheck by working at the new foundation.

Not only will the kids have the opportunity to earn money through artistic apprenticeships, they’ll also pick up vital life lessons such as time management, teamwork and creative reasoning, according to documents that will be presented at The City’s Youth Commission meeting next Monday.

The Car Barn, a historically protected building located at 755 Ocean Ave., in the Ingleside neighborhood, is expected to open its doors in 2012. The youth apprenticeship program will begin in the summer of 2010 at offsite locations.

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