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Youth Initiative Program Open House Night

The Youth Activity Center program at Better Community Development, Inc. (BCD) provides youth with opportunities and support within an exciting learning environment that not only emphasizes making good choices, but also enables them to feel secure and hopeful about their future.

Participants visiting a Bike Shop Participants Learning Agriculture Participants in Class

Your support of the Human Relations Day Sunday offering provides grants to BCD to help support some of the ministries offered to young men and women.

Our two program sites (female and male) serve 50 youth, ages 12 – 18, each day, to provide positive alternatives to at-risk youth, giving them the chance to participate in constructive activities with peers, receive help in times of crisis, and develop healthy relationships with caring adults.

A year-round program, including extended summer program, is available for day and evening activities. A safe haven is provided for youth either at-risk or already involved in gang activity. Intensive case management is available. Staff is available 24/7 for emergencies and support for the entire family.

Our youth programming uses the Youth Initiative Project (YIP) model, an evidence-based program utilized by the City of Little Rock.

In February we celebrated an Open House Night. Charlie Bruce, YIP Coordinator, and BCD Activity Center staff held Open House for BCD's YIP Program offering positive program for youth in the community. He spoke with parents and youth discussing opportunities available to youth through the program. Twenty-two children and parents attended the Open House. 

Cooking Matters Class: Preparing Chicken Cooking Matters Class: Finished Chicken Participants having fun at Wild River Park

This program services youth between the ages of 13 - 19 years old in the Midtown Community, our YIP site provides opportunities for young men to learn positive social skills including violence prevention, conflict resolution, and drug abuse education.

Along with education the program offers free activities which include: Movies, Skating, Bowling, basketball, video games, technology enrichment, trips, cultural enrichment, outdoor activities and much more!!

The YIP Days of Operation are Monday – Friday, After School Hours: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm and Summer Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Better Community Development, Inc. website

One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God's children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.

When you give generously on Human Relations Day, you encourage ordinary people to have a voice in changing the world. Give now.

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