Change Center Knoxville

$21,584 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 39 months

Vision of Change

The Change Center will create healthy, vital community where life is valued, where youth are safe, & where hope is real. We want to build intentional relationships, inspire lasting change, & make a positive impact on the city from within the urban community.

Stop the Violence

The Change Center will provide youth a safe place to go for entertainment, community, & mentorship in their own neighborhood. It will provide young people opportunities for positive interactions with Knoxville Police & it will be a key element in reducing crime.

Create New Opportunities

The Change Center has two dominant purposes: the skating rink & other attractions to bring youth into a safe place, & a job connection and business creation focus. As Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries in California says, "Nothing stops a bullet like a job."

What is the Change Center

The Change Center will be a safe, strategically located, center-city partnership facility that provides recreation, leadership development, and jobs initiative for teens and young adults in an attractive, fun environment.

Change Center Components Include:

Roller skating rink, multi-purpose sports venue, climbing wall, movie wall,concert stage, DJ/music mixing booth, video games, School of Hard Knox Pizza concessions and employee training, birthday parties/special events, meeting space, and The Change Center Jobs Initiative (direct jobs, job connections, & entrepreneurship).

Why do we need the Change Center?

The Change Center was birthed out of the Save Our Sons Initiative which focuses on reducing violence-related deaths & increasing opportunities for success for boys & young men of color. The Save Our Sons Advisory Committee, put together by Mayor Rogero in 2013, found that these teens & young adults, who think they are too old for after school and youth programs, begin hanging out on the streets with no jobs & nothing to do-a recipe for boredom, bad role models, poor decisions, & death. The Change Center was designed as a key strategy in averting that violence-violence that came to nationwide attention in December 2015 with the death of fifteen year-old Zaevion Dobson, who died protecting the lives of his friends.

When will it open?

The Change Center projected target opening date is Fall 2017

The Change Center provides a safe, attractive space for fun, activities, and recreation in a strategic central location to reduce violence in the inner city.
Rather than another youth serving organization(YSO), it is a partnership facility designed for all current YSO's to use. Its market is individual teens and young adults who feel that they are too old for the YSO's yet, do not have a safe place to hang out with their friends in their own community.

A Safe, Fun Place To Be

Youth have a space to continue to hang out into the evening with proper supervision after many YSO's have closed. They can participate in non-traditional sports like rock climbing and roller hockey.

Community Activities

Teens, young adults, and families can build stronger relationships through affordable entertainment such as movie nights, family skate night, and birthday parties. Sporting events and activities bring the community together.

Jobs Initiative

The Change Center will include job training, direct entry-level jobs for young people within the Change Center, connections to jobs in the greater community, and entrepreneurial job creation.

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Change Center Update!
Thank you all for your continued support as we move forward with the Change Center. We are making great progress and appreciate the community support. We are continuing to raise funds and are on target for a late fall ground breaking! Thank you for your donations!!!

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$21,584 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 39 months
Created April 6, 2016
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Tailgate Vols
3 months ago

Donation is a result of the Tailgate Vols Pop Up Shop at "A Night To Remember"

Anthony Wise
6 months ago

In honor of Nicole Chandler

ann viera
7 months ago

I believe in public-private partnerships to support positive change and investment East Knoxville.

Ryan Blatstein
7 months ago

I like giving back in the community. I support the community center in Knoxville

Miriam Mcdonald
7 months ago
Diana Tonn
8 months ago

We need more community centers like this. I applaud all the effort going into it.

Charles Dudney
8 months ago

Our city needs this service.

Hannah Lee
9 months ago

Love the Change Center!

6 months ago

i was wanting to check in and see how things are going?

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