The center represents a model of how public, civic, and religious organizations in a small rural community can work together to provide positive options to at-risk youth.
The youth program includes three components:
- education (tutoring, academic support services, college planning, vocational training);
- social services (alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programs; youth and family counseling; life skills training for parents and youth);
- recreation (organized recreational programs and activities; and field trips).
Services at the center are provided on a voluntary basis by community organizations and agencies, including public schools (referrals and volunteer tutoring), the Rotary Club (career counseling), the local college (volunteer tutoring, job training, and placement), the community health center (prevention and counseling services), local government (free services and financial support), businesses (computers and other equipment), and churches (volunteers, financial support, and the facility).
The center's annual budget of $35,000 has been partially covered by state and local grants, and activities such as bake sales and car washes.