Naperbridge joined together with another local non profit organization to give the community a place of their own.
The newly opened Alive Center offers a unique place to create, learn and connect with what makes you come alive.
Naperbridge focuses on enriching teens which aligned perfectly with Alive’s mission to serve the whole community; children, teens and adults.
“NaperBridge and Alive coming together has been an amazing merger,” says Kandice Henning, Founder and Executive Director of the Alive Center.
“It’s really helped us from an Alive center perspective because I always wanted to work with teens. They really gave us a jumpstart because they’ve been doing this for a couple years and they have some great concepts.”
For a small fee, classes and workshops like art, music and cooking are offered to the community and there are after school drop-in hours free of charge for teens.
Henning adds, “We’re a different kind of space. There’s nothing like this out here, so I just invite people to come and check it out. Come and take a hula-hoop class or a meditation class, or cooking and nutrition, or come to one of our teen concerts. We’re open for ideas so if you have a cool idea, if you’re a teen and you want to do something new and different, bring it to us, and most likely we’ll be able to take that and execute it.”
The teen supported organization aims to engage teens and cater to their interests and values. This includes a student advisory that organizes various programs and events.
For Yasha Mostofi, a member of the advisory board, the Alive Center is more than a place to hang out.
“I think the cool thing is that in school settings you’re not really able to say ‘okay, I would like to have this kind of concert or play this type of music with my friends’. That’s never going to happen at school. But when you come here, you can talk to Candice, and say ‘I want to have this kind of concert, play this kind of music. All the details are set by you which I think is the difference between this kind of place and school sponsored activities.”
Moving forward, the Alive Center hopes to raise funds through daily workshops and activities so that everyone in the community can take part in coming alive.
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