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Community in need of a youth center

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Lincoln School will be closing at the end of the school year. The Dixon community has been encouraged to think of constructive and innovative uses for this building.

Other Illinois communities have used empty schools for community centers, recreational centers, and retail facilities. I suggest one of the uses for the empty school be a youth center.

As a resident of Dixon for 27 years who has raised four children in this community, I recall many years of hearing there was nothing to do around here for teens.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a place they could go after school to see their friends, hang out, play basketball, ride their skateboards, play videogames, get on the computer, listen to or play music, write, or do artwork? Or maybe even study or get help with their homework?

It’s a reality of life that many parents have to work to support their families. Wouldn’t it be nice to know your teens had a place to go where adults were on the premises to talk with them, help with homework, or even play basketball?

Project Gennex is an organization in Dixon dedicated to building such a center for youths in Dixon and the surrounding communities. We’d like the city to consider helping us make this dream a reality.

Let’s do something for our teens. They’re fun, talented, and need a place where they feel they belong. They’re our leaders in the coming years. Let’s invest in them, with our time, treasure and talents.

The next meeting for Project Gennex is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Loveland Community Building. We encourage you to come and take part in creating a youth center for Dixon and the surrounding communities. Like us on Facebook at Project Gennex.

Note to readers: Mary Ann Guttman is a volunteer for Project Gennex.

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