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Youth Opportunities Center Clean Up

The Youth Opportunities Center is ready for a new beginning.  The center suffered major fire damage in its kitchen just weeks ago, but soot and smoke still remain in the walls. YOC Director Brenda Jarrett says the halls, walls, and ceilings all have smoke damage and need to be cleaned up. She hopes to get the majority cleaned up Saturday with the help of the community.

The YOC has been helping young Wichitans for 17 years, and now it's the communities turn to help make a difference for the youth who depend on the Youth Opportunities Center. YOC Coach Juan Escutia says, "What we're trying to do is rally the community. And everybody who's been blessed by or been a part of the YOC to come on out show their support to help clean up, fix up, paint up."  The YOC is hosting a cleaning event Saturday to scrub all the soot left behind by a kitchen fire. Jarrett also hopes they can paint the walls and get the smoke smell out.  Saturday is also a chance for Wichita Falls residents to learn more about the YOC and what it does for children.

Escutia says, "If they are interested in any of our other programs, tomorrow (Saturday) would be a great day for them to get more information about that as well." Saturday's cleaning event is just the first step to expanding the YOC's role in the community.  Leaders hope to keep growing programs and making the YOC better for the youth of tomorrow.  Escutia says, "The pride is that we had for the future, which was our day care center, and feeding some of these kids that are out of school."

The clean up will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday on 401 Madison street. Center officials say the job doesn't need to be professionally done and any contribution will make a great difference.  The YOC Director says there will also be supplies and refreshments available. And they plan to hold more events and fundraisers for future growth.

 

Jessica Abuchaibe, Newschannel 6.

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