The Westside Community Center (WCC) exists to empower families and youth by helping them to develop academically, socially, and spiritually, ultimately inspiring them to take on leadership roles in their community. In trying to ensure that we are doing the best job that we can be doing in reaching our goals we took a survey with some of our participants. We asked questions looking to find out how the WCC is impacting our students in the areas of sex, drugs, academics, social issues, and leadership. Here is the information that we received. As a result of their involvement with our program, 71% of those surveyed avoided sex, 96% avoided skipping or dropping out of school, 88% avoided drugs/alcohol, 96% feel more confident and 88% increased self-esteem. We also found that 75% increased academic motivation and 88% now believe that their life has a purpose.
I mention these stats to show that what’s happening at the WCC is working. This year has been incredibly exciting. Our current facility is under a massive expansion that will allow for huge future growth and expansion of our programs. We moved our After School Program to a temporary space at Cornerstone Church in West Chester and its been amazing!! We were given the opportunity to partner with Providence Church in a project that will see a misused, drug infested property across the street transformed into a place that will create life. We saw a past student of ours who had graduated our program come back as an intern and is now leading in our Middle School Program. We saw our skate spot relocated to a larger and safer space across the street and this year we began to add an additional 16 raised beds to our community garden.
I invite you to partner with us to do even more and dream even bigger. The WCC has huge dreams for the future but cannot move forward without your partnership. Please consider making a donation that will keep us growing and creating more possibilities in the lives of those we serve.