A CATALYST FOR CHANGE

The Change Center will provide a safe recreational place with state-of-the-art facilities, mentorship, and leadership development for youth to address immediate needs and long term effects.

COMPONENTS OF CHANGE


The Change Center skating rink will have the following: state-ofthe- art technology, sound system, DJ booth, party zone for private events like birthday parties, concession stand, performance stage, media center, special effects lighting, game room, retractable basketball goals, and rock climbing wall. The community gathering space will provide physical activity and fitness programs, activities for the elderly, and an all-purpose meeting venue for town hall meetings, social gatherings, movie nights, and corporate community events.

COMPONENTS THAT WORK


The different facets of what the Change Center will work together to dramatically reduce violence.

JOBS INITIATIVE


The different facets of what the Change Center will work together to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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DIRECT ENTRY LEVEL JOBS AND TRAINING

The Change Center will directly employ up to 20 entry level part-time jobs during any one time period, which will be used for opportunities for job vetting, training, accountability, and experience for teen and young adult employees. In addition, there will be opportunities for 10 full-time employees. The Change Center will also partner with and encourage facility use by both for-profits (such as the Hard Knox Pizza School of Hard Knox), and nonprofits (such as SEEED) for job training and other entry level job opportunities for inner-city teens and young adults.
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JOBS CONNECTION

The Change Center will recruit and partner with any and all willing employers to connect vetted inner-city youth and young adults to existing job opportunities in the community.
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ENTREPRENEURIAL JOB CREATION

The Change Center will partner with and align all entrepreneurial support resources in the community that are willing to focus on unique business creation opportunities that benefit inner-city teens and young adults. Based in part on a gang prevention initiative called Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, whose motto is "the best way to stop a bullet is a job", The Change Center will identify potential markets (for example, church landscaping, home weatherization, and graffiti removal), community partners and business mentors, and entrepreneurial-minded teens and young adults willing to work hard and to learn from business mentoring to build job-creating inner-city businesses.

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING


Youth leadership development for The Change Center includes a Youth 4 Change board, comprised of young people, grades five through twelve, who attend inner-city schools. This board will speak for youth in the community and express their needs and ideas. Youth Leadership Knoxville will provide leadership development and skill building support.

ENTREPRENEURIAL MENTORSHIP


Entrepreneurial mentorship in The Change Center will match adult mentors from the community with youth and introduce them to the daily operations of The Change Center. This multi-generational mentoring will equip interested youth with employable skills and also help to sustain The Change Center by training youth to eventually operate The Change Center and to mentor others.

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IN-LINE HOCKEY


In-line hockey will introduce youth to the game of hockey and create opportunities for interested youth to transition into ice hockey. Members of The Knoxville Ice Bears and a number of hockey enthusiasts from the community will train and coach the kids.

RECORDING & MIXING STUDIO


This professional and versatile audio production studio will be run by teens as part of the Job Initiatives program. With a comfortable control room, large live room, impressive microphone selection, Pro Tools HD 8 system and top quality audio processing equipment, the studio meets the needs of any artist or band in every musical genre.

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MAKE CHANGE POSSIBLE

Your donations make the Change Center possible. Because of you, our work can continue and change the lives, and ultimately, the East Tennessean community.


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