Editor’s Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week’s organization is The Alley.
In an effort to help prevent young people from being pulled toward a criminal lifestyle, The Alley offers a teen center to provide young residents with programs and activities.
According to Executive Director Melissa Province, the peak hours of juvenile crime are between 3 and 5 p.m. It is during this time that The Alley offers many of its activities.
Among The Alley’s offerings are Friday night dances for middle and high school students. It also offers an after-school program for middle school students Monday through Thursday. The after-school program includes tutoring, a computer lab, cooking classes and dance lessons.
Province said The Alley has grown over the years and currently has 40 high school volunteers. A new addition is the computer lab, complete with 10 computers and internet access. The Alley has been active since 1996.
“I think The Alley is a program that’s important for teens because we offer low-cost entertainment in a safe environment,” Province said. “We give kids opportunities to develop into working adults.”
The Alley uses funds from the United Way for its free after-school program. Those looking to participate in The Alley or volunteer their time may stop by their location at 2200 1st Ave or call (620) 225 – 8282.
You can reach Pierre Dumont at firstname.lastname@example.org or (620) 408 – 9931.