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Name that youth center: Effort needs an identity

DIXON – The effort to get a youth center in Dixon needs a name.

About 10 people attended the second meeting at Loveland Community House and Museum with the goal of establishing a youth center.

Steve Wilson, building manager at Loveland, was inspired by a column written by senior Trevor Mixen in the Dixini, the Dixon High School student newspaper. The headline to the article read: “Places to go and things to do – not so much.”

While several more ideas surfaced concerning the direction the group should take, a name hasn’t been one of them, Wilson said.

“We’re thinking about doing a raffle or a contest in the schools and offer up a prize for name suggestions,” Wilson said. “We want a kid to name it, and we want it to have a catchy name.”

Dixon organizers plan to walk in the Petunia Festival parade and hand out fliers with information on their efforts.

Ideas for the youth center have ranged from opening up a hangout with a cafe to building a skate park. More ideas included movie nights, dances, a teenage band scene, incorporating art projects and using the facility for foster family visits.

A similar effort in Sterling, spearheaded by Sterling Township, resulted in a club called GPA – Giving Power to Adolescents – which now has its own youth center in a former downtown church.

Wilson said word is getting around to student leaders at the high school and middle school to help organize the effort.

The group next meets at 7 p.m. May 21 at Loveland, 513 W. Second St. Plans are to meet weekly, Wilson said.

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