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.
The different facets of what the Change Center will work together to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
DIRECT ENTRY LEVEL JOBS AND TRAINING
ENTREPRENEURIAL JOB CREATION
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 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.
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.