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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

We're here to change the future! 

I am who I am because of The Salvation Army programs

I grew up going to Sunbeams! I loved it. I looked forward to it every week. It taught me how to sew, how to grow plants, how to set a table, how to play with other children, how to be a leader, how to love God, how to love others, how to care for others, how to write a thank you card. It surrounded me with adults that loved me, cared for me and invested in me. I passionately support The Salvation Army Character Building Programs -- I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for my experience as a Sunbeam. - Lt. Rachel Johnson


How we help empower youth

We want the children who attend our programs to be equipped with the tools they need to succeed in all areas of life.  We "take a holistic approach by providing programs with life-long impact such as character-building programs, summer camp opportunities, sports activities, music education, mentorship and more".  All of our programs, down the center, are "motivated by the love of Christ" 

Christian Education/Character Building: 

Tuesday Nights from 5:30 - 7:30 

Our youth nights begin with a Bible lesson, include a nutritious meal and age-appropriate classes called "Character Building".  Boys and girls learn leadership skills and life skills. (They also earn cool badges like tree study, cyclist, homemaker and first aide). 

Want to know more? Call Envoy Audrey Schneider @ 742-0006
For more information on The Salvation Army's Character Building Programs visit: 

Understanding my Teen Brain: 

We are proud to offer "Understanding my Teen Brain" curriculum to those ten and older on Tuesdays nights. Taken from the website, "The overall goal and hope of the implementation of the Understanding My Teen Brain Program, is to increase teens' knowledge, awareness, and skills, that will lead to a healthier, happier, and wiser learners. 

Want to know more? Call Envoy Audrey Schneider @ 742-0006
Visit:  understandingmytb.weebly.com/

Interested in taking this class? Call Audrey Schneider @ 742-0006 for more information. 

Summer Camp Opportunities: 
Every summer we send children to Hidden Falls where kids spend up to a week in a beautiful camp nestled within 700 spacious acres engaging in physical activity and growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Camps include music camp, sports camp, teen camp, and outdoor experience camp . . . just to name a few! 

Interested in sending your child to camp? Call Lt. Rachel @ 742-0006


The 40 Developmental Assets: 

The Search Institute identified 40 assets that children need to have in order to thrive and become healthy, contributing members of society. Those are called the 40 Developmental Assets and we strive to incorporate those into all our programming -- "to kids from 1 - 92".
To know what those are, visit: centralyouthnetwork.com/about-us-2/

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