An island of safety
Children and teens growing up in the inner city face many challenges. Many want to succeed and stay out of gangs, drugs and other pitfalls, but lack support in their families or from their community. In some neighborhoods, less than 1 in 5 teenagers ever graduate from high school.
Our Youth Center provides a safe refuge and where young people can choose a more positive path. The facilities include The Lord’s Gym, and also offers afterschool activities, tutoring, sports leagueshelp with homework and discipleship.
We also try to teach young people to earn money and manage it wisely through vocational training and employment opportunities in our working café sponsored by Gloria Jean’s. This friendly coffee shop allows young people to gather and connect as well as being a first step to the job world for many.
The Youth Center is open to the public 6 days a week.