Let’s take a stroll down memory lane for a minute and remember your childhood. Do you remember riding bikes all day long going miles away from home, coming home tired, only to go out the next day and do it all over again? Do you remember playing outside all day long and only coming in to eat lunch and dinner? Do you remember hanging out with your friends at the local church or youth center, but when those streetlights came on, your butt had better be in the house? Do you remember Freeze Tag, Double Dutch, Mother May I, Miss Mary Mac or Little Sally Walker? Or how about flag football, intramural basketball, pee-wee baseball, soccer, relay races, crafts, cheerleading, modern dance classes or just plain tutoring at your local youth center after school and in the summer?
For most of us, a home youth center was our introduction to athletics, music, art, literature, math and science. But today’s youth, specifically the children of Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, do not have this reality. From an early age, they are in “survival mode” because they are born into poverty, broken homes and/or uncertainty. Living in a single parent home where food is scarce or where a parent may be addicted to drugs or where another parent may be incarcerated can hamper a child’s mental stability and give them a “no one cares” attitude. So inside these children where the bright sparks should be, an overwhelming feeling of helpless and hopeless despair has taken root. Perhaps it because when one grows up in a neighborhood where you’re more likely to end up on a t-shirt as a remembrance instead of as a photo on a wall with a cap and gown, or in prison with a life sentence instead of gainfully employed with a pension, it can cause issues to a child’s developing psyche.
So what’s the solution? Instead of letting the kids have nothing to do and seeing nothing better in their neighborhood, give them a place they can call “home.” Reset House Youth Center (RHYC) is that place. Here is where we are striving to “create and sustain a welcoming, safe and nurturing youth center.” This center will also allow for parent engagement and give children access to activities they did not have previously which will give them hope, help build their confidence, thus providing growth and self betterment and, most importantly, reduce crime.
Where do you come in? RHYC will be sponsored by WakeUpGR which is in need of your donations. WakeUpGR is a Charitable Organization and is a fully recognized Non-Profit Organization [501(c)(3)]. Every dollar donated will go toward expenses to help continue working on providing this haven for the children of Southeast Grand Rapids. Your donations should be eligible for tax deductions as you continue to give as this GoFundMe will be continuously available on our website, which is in the process of being built and will be shared as soon as it is available.
Thank you for your help and your consideration.WakeUpGr and the children of Southeast Grand Rapids, Michigan.