Youth Development

Millions of adolescents lack a safe environment during out-of-school hours, leading to risky behaviors and poor academic performance. Mattie Rhodes Center offers several programs designed to enhance the personal, interpersonal, artistic, and educational achievement of all youth. 

Middle/high school students are given civic engagement opportunities, learn about healthy lifestyle choices, build leadership skills, and improve academically. 

Cultural Arts Exploration: Elementary school children participate in hands-on activities, using a learning-through-the arts approach to build the foundation for greater academic success. 

Soccer: Elementary school students participate in co-ed soccer led by professional athletes and learn healthy lifestyle choices.