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Connections: a gathering place

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Connections is intended to provide a safe space in downtown Tipp City where middle school and high school students are welcome to just hang out! We will offer penny candies, some healthy snacks, and craft sodas for now. Eventually, when we land a permanent location we will add frozen yogurt or custard and frozen drinks. In addition to the snacks, board games and other activities will be available to interest the youth. We will feature live music, open mic opportunities, and relaxed learning workshops. The student will have regular contact with local teachers, artists, musicians, faith leaders, and other caring adults. 

We are in need of start-up funds to provide for supplies,  personnel, and to help get the word out. Funds will help us to purchase things like the snacks and sodas and even staff the ministry. They may also be used to provide stipends for visiting musicians and artists as well as supplies needed for art projects and venue operating costs. Eventually we would like to hire some of the youth themselves to run the shop.

Connections is open through the fall and winter of this year by means of a "soft launch" - we will be open just on Fridays after school. By spring it is our intention to be available for the kids every day after school and even more by summer 2019.

In addition to providing a space for the youth, we will engage them in "Make a Difference Days". The teens will be invited to participate in short-term mission work (i.e. picking up trash around town, weeding local gardens, helping the elderly, etc.) in order to give back to the community.

Funds are needed immediately to make this exciting endeavor a viable one!

Organizer

Barbara Cooper
Organizer
Tipp City, OH

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