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New program in East Cleveland keeps kids safe and off the street

Posted: 11:24 PM, Jul 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-10 23:24:22-04

Hundreds of East Cleveland youth are off the streets and involved in a program at the Salvation Army's new building.

The location opened its doors earlier this year and recently partnered with the Boys and Girls Club. The facility occupies over 150 at risk youth from surrounding neighborhoods.

"I just know at the end of the day, I know I want these kids to be impacted at the highest ability that they can be impacted," said Site Director Azariah Jones. "Safety: there are times when people don't have that."

"Living in this community, I see that there is a lack of positive role models," said Staff Member Ricky Kyle, Jr. "Kids around here, they live a pretty tough life. When you don't have positive role models, you fall off and get lost."

Kids are taken on field trips and fed, all while they are kept away from dangerous areas.

"It's fun; it has a lot of space," said Darion Taylor.

A block party will be hosted in East Cleveland at the new community center, located at 1507 Doan Avenue. The event will begin at noon.