TEXARKANA, Arkansas – A new community center in Texarkana, Arkansas has officially opened.
The Washington Community Development Center held a grand opening Saturday at the former Washington Academy building on Marietta Street.
The facility includes a recreational wing, as well as plenty of space for educational programs.
Organizers say their goal is to bring change to the community by partnering with nearly a dozen other nonprofits to provide life skills, mentorship and training to children and adults. adults.
One of these new programs is called the Pathway Resource Center.
Over the past two years, the Pathway Resource Center has worked to develop its program and is now ready to implement this prevention-focused education with youth.
The non-profit organization has written a curriculum for teens, which teaches life skills and risk avoidance.
“It’s age-appropriate, for college and up, and it’s all backed by scripture. It’s a Bible-based program,” explained Laura McDowell, founder and director of the Pathway Resource Center.
McDowell says they want to help young people make good, informed choices.
“Our goal is to reach young people before the world does, and before those choices are made that can negatively affect their lives,” McDowell said.
McDowell says their notebook covers a variety of topics such as goal setting, relationships, social media, teen pregnancy and STDs.
Most of their classes will be held at the Washington Community Development Center.
“We know a lot of these kids will fall through the cracks, and we want to be able to catch them when they do, and that’s where pregnancy services come in,” McDowell said.
The organization will also offer clients Christian counseling, pregnancy verification, childcare classes and ultrasounds.
McDowell believes their services have the potential to impact lives and bring about generational change throughout the community.
“I know change comes from within, and that’s what we do. We’re in the community and we try to bring change here first,” McDowell said.