Lakefield Youth to Benefit from More Programs, Services

Lakefield Youth Unlimited raising funds for new home

From hosting a gym night to providing mentoring and employment support, Lakefield Youth Unlimited (LYU) is getting a new space to offer its programs and services to Lakefield teens.

LYU has purchased the Tribal Voices building, which is directly off the bridge in Lakefield.

“This has been possible due to an anonymous lender who provided a no-interest, no-payments loan for as long as we own the building,” says LYU’s Chris Jones.

The closing date was June 12 and LYU will move into the new facility in mid-September.

LYU currently offers a Junior High Gym Night, provides employment and mentoring to several youth through its LYU Garden Project, helps host a Kindness Club and a Ping Pong Club at a local elementary school and offers support in classrooms.

“There are many possibilities as to how our new building will be used,” says Chris. “Some ideas that could happen in the space are shared meeting rooms, life skill programs for youth, junior and senior high programs, gathering spaces for families and after-school programming — just to name a few.”

While most of the money was provided for the purchase of its new home, LYU still needs to raise $20,000 by Aug. 14 to pay off the remainder of short-term loans, plus an additional $55,000 by Oct. 1 to begin renovations.

LYU has been part of the Lakefield community for 15 years, working with local residents, businesses, churches, schools and government for the benefit of the area’s youth.

The organization works with community partners to facilitate additional programs, including annual Free Income Tax Clinics, the Christmas Gift Card Drive and the Community Easter Blessing.

LYU’s vision is to see young men and women living in Lakefield attain their full life potential as designed by God.

For more information about the purchase or to find out how to donate, call Chris at 705-761-2903 or e-mail chrisj@youthunlimitedkaw.com.

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