Medina Journal-Register — “Life’s Hard - Don’t Do It Alone” is the theme for two new community programs opening June 11 in Albion at 25 and 27 East Bank Street.
“The Breakaway Youth Center” for children and teens encourages youth to break away from “loneliness, anger, addictions, discouragements, peer pressure, and more” at the center that provides “acceptance, understanding guidance, and hope,” as stated in its literature.
“The Center for Encouragement” is available for those 18 years and older and provides understanding and encouragement for any issues adults are facing. It is a “Whole Person community center that inspires positive change in all three areas of our lives: body, soul, and spirit,” using “proven tools with a biblical basis that have been life changing for many across our country.”
The personal development programs for adolescents and adults are interrelated, although they take place in the two side-by-side downtown store fronts.
The centers work with adolescents and adults separately using many of the same tools in order to bring more harmony to the homes in the community. But any individual can join the programs whether they are coming together as a family unit or as a single person participating alone.
The Center for Encouragement offers programs in areas such as: parenting skills, anger management, relationship issues, addictions, family organization, low self-esteem and more.
The Breakaway Youth Center provides programs in anger management for children and teenagers; bullying issues with an emphasis on empowering the victim to take back his or her own life; how food effects behavior, ages 12 to adult, showing how food can disrupt actions and emotional wellness; and Life hurts, God heals for those 13 years of age and older which gives life-long tools that confront pain or addiction.
The youth center also sponsors occasional “Just for Fun Activities” such as foosball, air hockey, non-violent games on a large screen TV, movie nights, music concerts and more that are open to all adolescents in the community.
Executive Director Beth Giordano will be providing information on June 7 and 8 at the Albion Strawberry Festival and will be scheduling interview appointments for June 11 and 12 at the centers for those individuals interested in learning more or for those wishing to register for upcoming sessions.
On June 13, an open house will be held at the centers for walk-ins who want more information or want to register. The programs are available to anyone regardless of race, gender, or religious belief. Programs are completely free of charge “because we want to encourage as many people in our community as we can” says said Giordano. There are a few exceptions that may have a small fee if course printed materials are used.
For additional information go online to www.CenterForEncouragement.org or www.BreakAwayYouthCenter.org or call 682-4348.