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The Center for Whitley County Youth called "Best Program of the Year" by Northeast Drug-Free Indiana

 

(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Though it looks quiet on a Wednesday morning, The Center for Whitley County Youth is typically a very busy place, above. The program received the "Best Program of the Year" award from the Northeast Region of the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. 

 

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

 

It all came as a surprise to The Center for Whitley County’s Jeff Wike, executive director of a program that provides local youth with a place to go and positive interaction with caring adults.

Monday evening, the Northeast Region of the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana presented The Center with their “Best Program of the Year” award.

“The northeast region is made up of 11 counties, so we’re pretty proud about it,” said Wike Tuesday afternoon. “We’re very honored and excited.”

The goal of The Center for Whitley County Youth is to provide youth development through outreach, service and collaboration within the community.

Originally founded as a program of Community of Hope Church, the program legally separated and became a non-profit organization in December 2006.

Programs at The Center include NiteLife, After-School Central and Campus Life Breakfast Club. NiteLife offers fun, Friday night activities from 8-11 p.m. for teens. After-School Central provides a safe, supervised after-school program for students in grades 6-8. Campus Life Breakfast Club is a faith-based program where middle school students enjoy breakfast and fellowship at The Center each Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m.

The Center for Whitley County Youth is located at 201 West Market Street in downtown Columbia City.

 

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